Let me start off by saying that I am no health and fitness expert nor am I a nutritionist. However, I do a lot of “research” and feel like I know a lot about this topic even though I don’t put most of it into practice. (Don’t judge me!) -_-
So a couple of weeks ago I stepped on the scale and realized that I had gained 5 pounds!!!! Yes, in 4 months I had an extra 5 pounds to carry around. What surprised me the most is that I really didn’t expect it and I thought I was doing ok? Once I saw the number that’s when I realized, yeah, I had been slacking a bit. By slacking I mean drinking sweet tea or coke every day, having chocolate every day, and eating whatever and whenever I wanted.
If you know me, you know that I have a MAJOR sweet tooth! Sometimes I even rush through my meal just to get to dessert. I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t smoke, I don’t’ drink coffee, but I love my sweets. It’s really an addiction. Like, really- sweets make me happy when I’m sad, I munch when I’m bored, I get angry when I crave and can’t find any to eat-that’s an addiction! Don’t worry though; I’m working on it-slowly but surely.
Anyway, let’s get to the good stuff. I have a few pointers that will help you lose weight and lose it fast. These are baby steps though. I’m not providing a full plan but if you want to start slow and take a few steps to a better you this is what you need to do:
1) ONLY DRINK WATER– I cut out my coke and sweet tea drinking during the week and save it only for the weekend (when we go to a restaurant). This is hard; especially when there are certain meals that just go great with a coke but trust me, water is better for you! Sweet Tea and Coke are my weakness but this also means no juice, coffee, hot teas, etc. Just Water!
2) STOP EATING AT NIGHT– After dinner, I am done eating! This one is soooo hard because my husband and I both are late night munchers. I start getting hungry around 10pm. I’ve read the recommendation is to not eat 4 hours before you go to sleep.
3) CUT OUT SWEETS– Like I mentioned above, I’m an addict so this one is really hard for me. I’ve started doing this slowly. Not cutting them out completely but reducing the amount of times I reach for that piece of chocolate. The first couple of days I tried to stop cold turkey and I was so grumpy and mad, I was having withdrawals. Now, I only eat something sweet once a day (after lunch or dinner). Before reaching for the chocolate, I try to reach for a sweet fruit instead (strawberries, grapes, oranges, etc.).
4) PORTION CONTROL- Fortunately, I learned this early on. Not only do I try to eat small portions at home and not stuff myself but Joshio and I always share a plate when we eat out. He’s the type that if it’s there, he’ll eat it. We save money and calories!
Those are my four recommendations to start you off on your weight loss journey. I pretty sure (no guarantees) that if you do this for two weeks you may lose a pound or two and you’ll definitely feel less bloated. I wanted to give you something you can do on your own where you don’t have to get a gym membership, join a club or buy a meal plan. (Those would be your next step though!) 🙂 If I had a 5th, it would be to work out. Some days the only reason I work out is to burn more calories so that I can eat more!
I workout during the week (2-3 times) and I try to cook light, healthy dinners. I try to behave the best I can during the week so that I can indulge a little on the weekends. This strategy (knowing I can cheat on the weekends) makes eating healthy during the week (which is the majority of days) a little easier for me.
Let me know if you give this a try! Again, these are my own thoughts, opinions and experience. What works for me, may or may not work for you.