Saturday, January 7, 2006

Does jumping rope help lose weight? Are my eating habits healthy?

Recently I've just been feeling down and out and I just feel gross, so I decided to buy a jump rope and the only place i have room to jump is in the bathroom (crazy huh? the ceiling fans get in the way) So i decided to listen to music that's about eight minutes long and jump to that. Today was my first day doing that and I feel really good about myself now, I couldn't jump for the whole eight minutes because i haven't exercised in a long while but i gave myself time to breathe then started up again.
I was wondering if it was a good idea to just pace myself and jump rope twice a day for as long as i can?

I was also wondering about my eating habits... You see I don't eat any red meats or ham because my stomach can't take it, and it's been like this for years, so I take vitamins like One a Day teen advantage (I'm eighteen), Fish Oil 1200mg, and Acidophilus for my digestive track. I basically eat chicken, turkey, seafood and i love fruits and vegetables and so far i feel good. Is this healthy? I try balancing out the foods i eat and i heard that coffee can boost your metabolism so i drink that every so often.
I also keep track of which foods i eat in a tablet and I don't own a scale to weigh myself but I keep track of how my body is with measuring tape.

My goal is to just get tone and keep my curves and just get smaller really.

So my questions are:
1. Is jumping rope like i described a decent way to help lose weight?
2. Are my eating habits healthy and can they help with the weight loss process?

I would greatly appreciate any advice on this matter!
THANK YOU!

Answer on Does jumping rope help lose weight? Are my eating habits healthy?

You definitely seem like you're on the right track! Jumping rope is a great way to increase your cardiovascular strength. If you're able, I'd also recommend getting some 2, 3, and 5lb hand weights to do some basic strength exercises. The more lean muscle you build, the easier it becomes for you to burn fat.

It looks like your eating habits are spot-on. Be sure to drink lots of water, and keep an eye on your portion sizes. Coffee sort of speeds up your metabolism, but really it's just the caffeine working. Once the caffeine wears off, you're back to normal. It isn't *bad* for you, but coffee isn't critical in weight loss.

The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid is my favorite basis for healthy eating: http://www.methodsofhealing.com/files/2009/04/the-mediterranean-diet-pyramid.jpg
It's so colorful! I have it hanging on the wall of my kitchen and base my meals off of it.

Don't give up!

EDIT- you can also track your foods using The Daily Plate on Livestrong.com http://www.livestrong.com/myplate/
I've been using it for a year and I love it. It gives you the appropriate calorie target for your body type and daily activity level, and tracks calories, carbs, protein, fat, and other nutrients :)