10 June 2014 5 Tips on How to Lose Weight from a Norwegian Living in America

Since my Norwegian college roommate, Hege, now has her Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Fitness and has lived in America for one year with her husband and three blue-eyed, blonde-haired sons, I interviewed her for our readers of MyNetDiary about 5 Tips on How to Lose Weight from a European Perspective.

1. Create exercise points in your house.

Since Hege is fully aware that when one works full time and has a family that it is often difficult to schedule a work-out three times per week, she recommends that you place various pieces of different exercise equipment, such as 5 pounds weights and stretchy bands, in specific areas of your home so that when you see them you will use them. This does not mean downstairs in front of the TV; this means in the laundry room, bedroom, and bathroom. Even just 10 repetitions will help you lose weight and build muscles. This is what Hege’s house in Texas looks like:

  • Laundry Room is where the Resistance Bands are located. Watch this two-minute video http://youtu.be/hKxcMCUXpsI to learn how to use the bands so that between laundry loads you can do 10 - 15 repetitions.
  • Master Bed Room is where the Stability Ball and Mat are located. Watch this three-minute video http://youtu.be/f9d5d_nRmCI for some quick stability ball exercises. Sit on the Swiss/Stability ball during your phone calls to strengthen your core and improve your posture.
  • Master Bathroom is where two 5-pound weights are located. Watch this two-minute video http://youtu.be/DcI8y7w5Qgo on arm toning exercises for 5-pound weights to help you look great in that summer dress.

2. Walk to and from the grocery store every other day for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Buy a large sturdy hiking daypack to fill with fruits and vegetables every other day when you walk to the grocery store. On days that Hege buys a gallon of low fat milk she really gets her strength training on the way home, she reports with a smile.

3. Don't sabotage your weight loss efforts by eating donuts and large amounts of potato chips.

Hege was surprised when she observed her neighbor who walks her dog twice a day and works-out at the gym often but is still overweight. It appeared that her neighbor was very health conscious; however, one morning she offered Hege donuts for breakfast and on an introductory shopping excursion to a warehouse style American grocery store, her neighbor bought many bags of large quantities of potato chips. As Hege's 15-year old son Knut says, “For me, potato chips are for special occasions, such as at a party on the weekends, not an everyday food.”

4. Eat enough vegetables.

Enjoy and explore new and creative ways to make vegetables, such as roasting. One evening we ate roasted beets, carrots and onions. They were so sweet that they tasted like candy! Prepare vegetables in a visually pleasing manner so that they are attractive to eat. Don't be afraid to pay a little bit more money for a higher quality balsamic vinegar, a good quality olive oil, and fresh herbs, such as basil and parsley, to make salads taste fresh and special.

On weekends, enjoy an omelet filled with a mixture of sautéed vegetables. By making weekend breakfasts a family affair, children can learn how to chop vegetables, and cut fruits for a fruit salad.

5. Continue your healthy American habit of bringing a bottle of water wherever you go!

“Carrying a water bottle is also becoming a trend in Norway,” Hege reports. Her family started drinking more water after they bought a fresh sparkling water maker; they make up 2-3 liters and have the bottles of carbonated water stored in the refrigerator to grab when they are thirsty.

After hearing these 5 Tips on How to Lose Weight from a European Perspective, I am ready to sit on my stability ball, drink a bottle of water, creatively prepare some vegetables, and then walk to the grocery store to buy produce in my new larger backpack.

Martha Henze

MS, RD, Traveling Taste Buds, LLC

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