Exercise still key for weight maintenance


One of the things to remember this season when trying to manage your weight loss or stop weight gain during the holidays is the importance of exercise.

We know that exercise is directly related to the amount of fat we store in our body. We also know that our minutes of inactivity are also related to our body mass index. So, what else do we know? If you look at specific data that integrates physical activity with dieting, you will see an increase in metabolic rate during the exercise time. But your metabolism will then go down so you need to make sure you don’t exercise and then eat extra food.

Exercise makes important physiological changes in your brain, that help increase the rate of production and degradation.

This is basically the same thing that antidepressant medication does for us but exercise can give us these results naturally. Therefore, exercise is an effective way to decrease depression. When we are depressed, we tend to make bad choices with regard to eating, exercise and healthy behaviors because we feel hopeless and there is no reason to even try.

Therefore, exercise, along with your healthy eating habits, is an effective way of controlling your weight and becoming a healthier version of yourself. If you are looking to start a new physical activity regiment, new medication or a new diet, we always encourage you to talk with your healthcare provider, pharmacist or a registered dietitian.

For those in need of some over-the-counter medicine, the extension office will host a free over-the-counter medicine giveaway from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19 at Westwood Baptist Church located at 970 Leasburg Road, Roxboro, NC. Over-the-counter items include cold, cough and flu medicine, Band-Aids, pain and allergy relief, vitamins and children’s medicine, and much more while supplies last. It is free to attend, no identification is required but you must be 18 years or older. This event is made possible by NC MedAssist and Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.

Try the following recipe courtesy of the Illinois Extension University. For more information on Food for Thought programs, activities and recipes, check us out online at http://facebook.com/persongranvillefcs or email jennifer_grable@ncsu.edu.

Black Bean Corn Chili

Serves 6

2 cans (14-15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed

1 jar (16 oz.) salsa

1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce, low sodium preferred

1 cup corn, fresh and cooked or frozen and thawed

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded

In a large saucepan or skillet, combine beans, salsa, tomato sauce, corn, cumin and chili powder. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Serve chili in bowls and top with cheese.

Nutrition Information: 130 calories, 1.5g fat, 800mg sodium, 5g fiber, 9g protein, 23g carbohydrate.


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