For decades we have been lead like lambs to the slaughter every January. We are bombarded with phony weight loss supplements, expensive exercise machines and magazines full of diets and exercise. Why would anyone in the world want to start a weight loss program in winter? The more reasonable among us will taper off the holiday food gorging and get back to a NORMAL pattern of eating. During those chilly months, we need those extra carbs to sustain us. Skipping meals and starvation just invites every germ on the block to make a home in your body.
My more sensible approach to the entire problem is wait until April. As the weather warms, your appetite naturally decreases, fruits and vegetables are their freshest and it is a great time to be outdoors participating in some calorie burning activities. I can guarantee you that your mirror will be the best indicator of whether you need a little toning. There is something about a sleeveless shirt and shorts that pretty much tell the tale of the tape.
(Thanks to my sister, Sally Ann Lyle, for the most appropriate artwork. Please respect the copyright.)