Friday, November 29, 2013

Overeating on Thanksgiving?

Dear Madame L,

I ate way too much yesterday, and today I'm doing the same, reheating leftovers. Also, it's cold and raining where I live, and I don't want to do any exercise.

What can you say that will help motivate me?



Dear Snap Out of It,

Madame L forced, yes, forced herself to go for a walk today, because she, too, lamentably, ate too much yesterday. (Also, Madame L, lamentably, loves her commas, doesn't she.)

Maybe this will help:  "Exercise counteracts the effects of short-term overfeeding and reduced physical activity..."  As you can see, the actual title of the research paper is much longer than what Madame L has typed in here. Apparently, researchers must write long titles for their papers so that readers will be able to guess the contents of the research without actually reading the entire article. Madame L likes this very much because she does not subscribe to the research publications and therefore cannot read the entire articles. If you follow the above link, however, you will be able to read the abstract as well as its entire title of the article.

As summarized in the Refinery 29 article where Madame L found out about this study:
While the idea of emerging from our cozy blanket fort on Black Friday to go for a run still makes us sort of ill, this research could be a big deal in terms of understanding the best way to incorporate exercise into our lives. Whenever we hear "experts" talking about the importance of regular exercise, it's often difficult to parse out exactly how much is needed — and how that time should be spread out throughout the week. This study suggests that the key to an optimal metabolism may be more complicated than simply "calories in, calories out." 

Madame L is going to do more than take a long walk tomorrow. She's going to JOG. And she hopes you will, too.

Best wishes,

Madame L

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