Archive for September 4th, 2006

How NOT To Feel Guilty After Eating A Steak!

September 4, 2006

3014009680.jpgOn certain occasions, I go out for dinner and invite friends or get invited by friends and we usually get together and eat at the finest restaurants in Cebu where steak is the specialty and really yummy! Sometimes I can’t control the urge that instead of a sea bass, my taste buds request a steak!

Let me share with you a tip on how I make myself less guilty after a steak!

Every afternoon, I make sure I sweat it out… either doing household work or exercise by walking.  As i’ve pointed out in my previous post, I trained myself to follow a strict regimen of daily activity. Such that… if there is a scheduled dinner in a steakhouse…out I go and start my physical activity earlier to make sure I can enjoy my meal feeling less guilty!

Now comeS the evidence that my regimen really workS….

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed the bad effect of a high fat meal on the arteries which fail to expand up to 4 hours after a meal. This is a setup for heart disease. But with exercise, the bad effect of a high fat meal can be reversed!

The study involved subjects to exercise on a treadmill for 45 minutes 2 hours after they ate a high fat meal. Blood flow was measured, which increases if the blood vessels expand or if blood flow decreases due to non expansion of the arteries. The findings revealed… that Exercise indeed can reverse the effect of a high fat meal by improving the blood flow to the arteries and thereby reducing its bad effect in initiating heart disease!

There you go… another benefit of exercise. 

CAUTION: This does not encourage you to take high fat meals… but if you do because of a family gathering or a meeting, allow yourself to indulge once in a while but make sure…

You Are Active Enough To Enjoy Your Steak and Dessert and Still Feel Guilt Free!

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