How I lost 30 lbs in 3 months
How I lost 30lbs in 3 months – the diet
I’ll be honest with you, I have a severe love of food. It’s ridiculous. Food makes me happy. I used to be able to eat all kinds of food, so much that I would have what I liked to call a “food pregnancy,” back when I was a teenager. However, around came college, and then the infamous “desk job.” The pounds started packing on. I didn’t notice it at first. It occurred over the winter - in a northern state - so I wasn’t showing off a whole lot of skin if you know what I mean. When I popped the button off the front of my jeans… (and split the zipper up the back of my dress pants) … I knew there was SOMETHING I had to do to shed the weight.
The first thing I did was run to the local health food store and get some “diet pills.” Don’t do it. Not only are they a waste of money, they will give you the shakes and cause severe heart burn. There are other ways, more pleasant ways, to battle the feeling of hunger. I did some research on the internet and found some “healthy tips.” Some of those tips included blending my own vegetables to create cream soups. That just takes up way too much time. Others, however, such as the apple vinegar and natural honey tea? Easy. Just add hot water.
Here’s the plan. I followed it to a T for 3 months – no, I didn’t starve. And no, I don’t have “stock” in any of these products.
Breakfast foods – Go to your local grocery store and buy the giant case of Yoplait yogurt. I prefer the Boston Cream flavor, but they are all pretty darn good. Have a cup of yogurt and a piece of fruit for breakfast. And some black coffee. I love coffee with my Boston Cream Pie and Clementines.
Before-Lunch Snack – I preferred protein bars. HALF a protein bar, that is. They are loaded with calories and you only really need it to tide you over until lunch time. Or fruit. I love fruit. I guess I'm kind of fruity ;)
Lunch foods- I swear by “Smart Ones” meals. I never encountered one I didn’t like. Be careful with these though. There isn’t a whole lot to them, so you will probably still feel a tiny bit hungry – or not completely satisfied – when you are done. Eat them SLOW. The trick is SLOW. And do NOT forget your snack!
After-lunch Snack- If you skip this, you will overeat at dinner. I promise. I know this, because that’s what I did. Eat that other half of your protein bar that you had this morning. Or a piece of fruit.
Dinners – Dinners for me were easy. Just be SMART about it. If it calls for a whole crapload of butter?? Come on… you know better. Or if its FRIED??? Bake it instead. Use brown rice instead of white rice. Things like that. But I wasn’t real strict about what I ate for dinner.
Drinks – WATER WATER WATER COFFEE WATER. I also would make a tea out of the apple cider vinegar and natural honey they sell at the health food store. One teaspoon of vinegar + one teaspoon of honey + hot water = yummy. It smells funny though. They say the vinegar is good for you… I liked it. I don’t know if it helped me lose weight but I liked it.
DO NOT DRINK SODAS. PERIOD. NO SODA.
Stay away from the sports drinks too. Unless you are working out heavily, which wasn’t the case for me until about 2 weeks into the diet. Also, if you have a problem drinking water, try ‘eating’ it by increasing your fruit intake. Or diluting natural fruit juice. I did both of those until I could handle plain water.
Sounds easy, right?? Well, its easy to say, not easy to do.
What do you do when a friend invites you out for a beer? Get a vodka and soda water with lemon instead.
What about the midnight craving? You are probably just dehydrated – get a drink of water.
What about fast food? Subway – eat fresh. Or get a salad. Or a yogurt parfait. Something other than that juicy/greasy cheeseburger or those pieces of deep-fried chicken. NO fried potatoes. Those delicious, salty, warm pieces of heaven are terrible for you. My exercise regimen will be posted in a later hub.
I hope this helps!