Commuter Girl Health & Fitness aka "The Bike Diet"

Commuter Girl's Bike Diet:

What is this you ask?  Well, it is an evolving concept including many of things, the first being based on a very simple concept as told to me by one of my parents a long time ago, I believe it was my dad.

First of all Weight Loss:  It is a simple math problem. The formula for which is found below:

What goes out must be greater than what goes in.  Simple right?

We know that 3500 calories = a pound of fat.  So, if you burn or use up more than 3500 calories PLUS what you take in, in a week's time, you will lose weight.

 Calories Consumed:__________
Calories Burned:  -  ___________
Total Movement: <-____________>

Where it gets tricky is in the details.  How much do you consume in a day and how much to you expend in a day and who wants to waste their life calculating every little thing you eat?  I certainly don't want to be one of those people that prescribe to the idea that listing their food consumption in every conversation makes them a brilliant conversationalist and I don't want to be so uptight that I can't enjoy something amazing like ice cream or apple pie or pizza or the occasional biscuits and gravy for crying out loud.  To do this, I am going to have document what I am eating so that I am totally honest and aware of how much is actually going into my body rather than wondering at the end of the week why I didn't lose more after riding my bike 30 miles at least 4 days a week.

Well "The Bike Diet" is the idea that if you bike to work and as many place as you can, you will be burning more that you take in each day.  You don't have to set aside a special time for exercise if you take the bike everywhere you need to go.  It is low impact, it feels great, it's good for you as well as the environment and can be a fun way to bond with your family.  That's called a win, win, win, win, win.  Next time, bike to your favorite restaurant, or to the library or to get groceries or go to the mall.  You will be surprised how fun it really is. 

Having said that, calories matter, but nutrients matter even more.  You will be less hungry if you are eating whole grains (fiber) and protein, veggies and fruit.  Anything else is more than likely empty calories.  You know how you can eat 4 donuts and be starving 30 minutes later?  That's because there are no nutrients in donuts, just calories that your body will store as fat and yet you will still be hungry because your body wants fuel: vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and protein.

I am trying to keep each meal around 300 calories with 2 snacks (1 morning and 1 in the afternoon) of approx. 100 calories each. 

I am trying to drink more water and kick my 20 year Coca-Cola habit.  If I do have a Coke, I like to make it a bottled Coke from Mexico that uses old fashioned sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup.

I make sure to have something raw every day if not with every meal.*   Since having my gall bladder removed while in my early twenties, I have had major digestion issues and raw food, water and exercise helps with that in a big way.  *Raw food is considered "alive" and rich in enzymes and vitamins while cooked food is considered "dead food" with no enzymes and most of the vitamins are gone or can be mutated due to the molecular response to high heat.

Lastly, Cancer prevention is extremely important to me due to the fact that my Dad was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was only 53 years old and my younger brother was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 29.  My years of research led me to Dr. Otto Warburg, two time Nobel price winner and his findings as written in The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer.
These findings can be summed up in two statements:

Oxygen kills cancer    and
Sugar feeds cancer.

I will go into this more later, for now please research on your own.  It will change your life.

More to come  - The Bike Diet