- Diet & Weight Loss
7 Tips to Help You Lose Weight
My Weight Loss Plan
It’s been about two weeks since I decided I wanted to get healthy and I’ve actually lost 4 pounds. How did I do it? Well for one I started to exercise which is something I haven’t done consistently for a long time. That’s really the biggest change I’ve made.
I’m going to make more changes; ones that are not drastic, but will make a difference. This list is things I used to do many years ago when I was much healthier. I’m not sure how these habits got pushed to the wayside but they are long overdue to return. Hopefully they will rub off on my husband as well so we can both be a good role model for our daughter.
Before you read the list I want to note that I am not a doctor. These are things that worked to help me drop weight. They should work for anyone I would think but you should always check with your doctor before starting any exercise or diet program.
1. Cut back on sugar. I don’t take sugar in my coffee; I cut that out years ago and am happy to say I have not picked that habit back up BUT… I do take sugar if I have a latte and I use lots of sugar in tea and iced coffee. Sstarting today I will cut back and eventually stop using sugar in iced coffee, tea and lattes.
2. Cut back on fats. I’ve gotten into the habit of adding a dab of butter on veggies such as baked or boiled potato, steamed broccoli and carrots etc.. This needs to end. In its place I will use a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon or some lemon zest. It is much tastier than the butter and better for you.
3. Eat salads. I used to have a salad every night with dinner. Nothing fancy, could be as simple as sliced tomatoes, cucumber, olives and a small amount of cheese. Or, arugula with shaved parmesan cheese dressed with a small drizzle of olive oil and fresh lemon juice. It can be any salad combo you like as long as you don’t use store bought dressing which is usually quite fattening and as long as you don’t add super fattening ingredients. The point is the good for you lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers will help to fill you up so that you eat less for dinner which is usually filled with much more fat and calories.
4. Say no to bread. I never ever ate bread with dinner at home or at restaurants. This was a big calorie saver which I’ve sort of lock track of. Even if I was having a sandwich or burger out, I would only eat half of the bread/bun. The calories add up.
5. Watch portion size. There was a time when I would stop eating if I wasn’t hungry anymore. Now a days I eat until I’m so stuffed I can hardly move which was one of the reasons I wasn’t moving/exercising. So, once you are no longer hungry, put your fork down and wait a bit. If you feel you want a bit more then go ahead but if you are truly satisfied and no longer hungry then it is ok to stop eating. The food will be there for the next day. One tip I’ve head works for others is to put your meals on smaller plates. You will be serving less food but may be able to trick yourself into thinking you are eating much more since your plate is smaller.
6. Don’t deprive yourself. The quickest way to sabotage good eating habits is to not allow yourself to enjoy the foods you love. My old trick was to eat really well and healthy Monday through Friday. On the weekends I would allow myself to enjoy foods that I loved but maybe were not the best for you. This doesn’t mean you should eat donuts, pizza, ice cream etc… all day for two days. It just means that if you want to go out to dinner Saturday night it is ok to get fries or to have a piece of cake. Better yet why not share that indulgent item with your dinner partner? This allows you to have the foods you want but to reduce the damage on your waist line.
7. Get moving. I used to work out most days. It was rare for me to go 2 days without working out. I’ve already incorporated this into my new healthy life style. The workouts don’t have to be intense all the time. I like to run so on the weekends I leave baby at home with her dad and take our dog out for a run. During the week I’m apt to do 30 minute to 1 hour walks with baby and dog depending on what we have planned for that day. If I can only do 30 minutes than so be it. If we have more time then I go for a longer walk. Whatever you can squeeze in is good. Anything is better than sitting on your butt. I also try to do sit ups when we get back from our walk or I’ll try and do them later when the baby is napping. I’m trying to reduce my baby belly. Maybe you can do lunges while you are making dinner? Or work on whatever body part you’d like to improve.
There are lots of websites with exercise and healthy eating tips. I use fitnessmagazine.com. You can sign up for them to send you daily fit tips. I don’t always follow them but it reminds me that I’m working towards getting healthy and losing weight. I also love and use an ab exercise book that I purchased years ago. It’s called The Complete Book of Abs. It takes you through a week by week ab exercise plan. Old school sort of exercises that work all your ab muscles.
I hope these tips work for you. I’m excited to get back to my old ways and start dropping some weight before the summer arrives (although it feels like it already has). Remember these are just some tips to help you cut calories and lose weight. A healthy eating plan with lots of fruits and veggies will also help move you in the right direction. Use common sense. Chocolate cake for dinner on a smaller plate will not get you to your weight loss goals. Good Luck