I promised I would give you tips that I used while loosing weight. I don’t claim to be a weight loss expert so this is just my personal experiences and tips that helped me. I would advise everyone to consult your physician about weight loss. www.mypyramid.gov was a big help and gives excellent tips to a healthy diet.
Going along with the nature of my blog I must say that a positive attitude was a key component to loosing weight. Staying positive and understanding and accepting that it isn’t easy are, in my opinion, the best ways to start off your journey. Loosing weight isn’t easy but it can be fun. So the first step is have the right attitude, be positive.
I’m a very picky person in probably every area there is and food is definitely no exception. I was raised on the best quality of meats and produce so my shopping budget is pretty steep and while I’m not struggling at all, I was afraid that healthy eating would really put me over. It didn’t. You must tailor your diet to fit your lifestyle and that doesn’t have to be expensive. If you’re totally not used to buying anything healthy then it might take a couple of punches in your wallet to get the hang of it but you will after a couple of market trips. Even Aldi sell whole-wheat and natural products! Tailoring your diet to your lifestyle is very simple because you know you better than anyone else. If you feel that it is necessary to reward yourself once a week, once every two weeks etc. then do it but use moderation. I personally couldn’t do it; it seemed more like a tease than a reward. So step two is to tailor your diet to fit you.
Visit the pyramid link above and check out what your daily amounts of nutrients from each food group are and worship them! Again I would advise you to visit your doctor to double check what’s necessary cause some of us might need more or less of a certain group than others. Stick to your daily amounts! It’s ok to make mistakes but try and stick to your pyramid so that you can build that metabolism. Step three is to get your pyramid and stick with it. I posted mine right on my refrigerator door!
They’re still debating on the amount of meals per day but I would advise simply not to get hungry. This is one of the most important steps I would think. Don’t let your body tell you that it’s hungry. Cool ways to do this are to eat your three squares per day and snack on fruits and nuts often. My breakfast often included a turkey sausage or two, two egg whites, whole-wheat toast with Smart Balance butter, and a piece of fruit with coffee or tea with fat free cream or skim milk and Equal sugar. Lunch would often include a whole-wheat turkey sandwich with fat free Miracle Whip, lettuce and tomatoes. Dinner was always different but a cool meal is spaghetti with ground turkey and whole-wheat noodles, now the debate is still on with the sauces but I would advise you to go for it. I like Classico spaghetti sauce and had used it two or three times per week so just go for it, besides tomato sauce with whole-wheat noodles is one of the healthiest meals. Step four has to be, don’t get hungry.
Ok so here is the step everyone is afraid of, get out there and move!!! Get off your lazy bum!!! I never sat around and complained about loosing weight I knew I had to do it so one day I just got off my lazy ass and did it. Stop sitting around complaining about being fat and not doing anything about it. Get out there and move. Walk thirty minutes per day and they don’t have to be consecutive, you can spread them out. Do some strength training like push-ups and sit-ups. You can do it, I believe in you! Be careful exercising though if done improperly you can hurt yourself. Our final step, step five, is to get the hell up and move!
I know how it feels to be overweight. I know the emotional burdens and the physical ones. I lost ten inches off my waist. You can be healthy don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t or that it is too hard. I really hope that this entry helped you or someone you know get their health in control. May the peace of God guide you and be strong…I know you can do it!
A cool book that helps: You On A Diet: The Owner’s Manual for Waist Management by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.