Dieting sucks-How to Lose Weight Without Dieting!
Lose Weight Without Dieting
Step 1: Don't diet!
Make it a lifestyle, not a diet. Don't eat certain foods just to lose weight. Do it to be healthier! A diet will fade, while a lifestyle won't.
Step 2: Don't think there is some magic trick!
Losing weight is hard, VERY HARD. I have done it. I did it with no pills, no special diets, etc. I lost weight by being motivated, working hard, and eating right. I looked for months for a magic fix to weight lost. I tried the crazy pills that made me feel worse. I tried many different diets too where I lost weight and then put it right back on. Changing my entire eating habits is the only thing that helped me lose weight and keep it off.
Step 3: Eat less calories!
The way I lost weight was by eating less calories. Use the calorie calculator I included below. Put in your age, gender, height, weight, and activity level, and it will tell you how many calories to consume daily if you want to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain weight. I ate the recommended number of calories each day, and saw the results from it. It didn't matter what I ate as long as I stayed under my allowed calories for the day. I could still have cake, cookies, brownies, etc. I made sure I ate less sweet foods and found foods with less calories. I switched from whole milk to almond milk and reaped other great benefits of that as well! I started eating mainly chicken or fish instead of beef and pork. I started eating fruit for dessert, and steered clear of extra sugary items. I also bought yogurt to eat as a snack. There are many different flavors out there. I fell in love with 100 calorie yogurt by Yoplait and a few different Flip flavors by Chobani. For lunch I started eating the Lean Cusine or Healthy Choice meals and I added extra nuts or chicken to them for extra protein. Before I decided I was going to lose weight for real, I was trying to diet. I could never find meals that satisfied me or filled me up, but I will say those freezer meals are perfect for lunch!
In the days before I was ready to start eating healthy, I cleaned out my pantry, and went shopping for only healthy foods. That way, I was not tempted to eat out or get a "quick" snack that was bad for me. I made a grocery list that I stuck to, and I only allowed the healthier foods into my house. I have included a book from Ebay that helped me learn what was healthy! Some of the things on the lists surprised me. Even when I would think I was eating healthy, I had the wrong food items, so take a look. Instead of giving myself an eating out budget each week, I put the money in a savings account. I was amazed at how much I saved in just 2 months. It was sad actually to see how much money I wasted on eating out. With that being said, I recommend giving into your cravings every once in awhile, so that you don't "fall off the wagon" so to speak. One brownie is not going to make you gain your weight back, just make sure you don't do it all the time.
Here is a link to a calorie calculator. http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html
Step 4: Exercise
I would also recommend exercising to go along with your new healthy eating lifestyle. I started exercising a few times a week and ended up loving it. I met new people, found a new hobby, and got healthier while doing it! Don't overdo it though, or else you could get burnt out and give up faster. Pushing your body is good every once in awhile, but start with something you can handle. If you find something you like to do (swimming, running, walking, biking) stay with it. I have included a few exercise videos at the end of the article. I run one day and then do an exercise video for a half hour the next day. That way, I do not get bored, and I also switch up the exercise videos, because it is good to work different muscle groups. When I first started, I could barely make one lap around the track at my local YMCA. I would run a lap, walk a lap, run a lap, walk a lap, etc. I then build up to a mile a stayed there for a few months. One day I felt brave, and covered the screen on my treadmill so I could not see how far I had gone. I kept running and listening to my music, and when I felt like I couldn't go anymore, I checked it. I had done 3.5 miles! I haven't done a 5K race yet, but hope to in the future. I have heard it is an amazing feeling!
Try a FUN one!
Step 5: DO IT!
The last step is to put your plan in to action and do it. I used the calorie counter on my Android to keep track of how many calories I was consuming each day. I could set a goal number and it would tell me if I was reaching my goal or if I had gone over. Everyday I managed to stay under my goal, and weight was falling off me! The first hard part is the days before, as it is difficult to get in the right mind set and totally commit to losing weight. The first few days, as you are getting settled in and learning what you can eat will be difficult. Once you get used to counting calories and what you can eat, however, it will become second nature!
Bootcamp Calorie Burn
1. Eat your food slower.
2. Vegetables can help you to feel full.
3. Throw out bad/high calorie/high sugar foods from your home.
4. Drink a TON of water before, during, and after your meals.
5. Do NOT skip meals.
6. Do NOT try to lose weight fast. Lose is slow and keep it off.
7. Do NOT eat foods you don't like. Find foods that you enjoy.
8. Find an exercise plan that you enjoy and that you could see yourself doing 3 to 5 times a week. If it is something you don't like, you are more likely to give up.
9. Don't drink calories. I completely cut soda/pop out of my life after I saw how many calories were in it. I decided to just drink water so that I would not be drinking any of my allowed calories. That allowed for more food!
10. Get an eating schedule instead of sporadic eating. This helps a person to not eat just for fun or because they are bored. I look forward to my next meal daily.
11. Last, GOOD LUCK! Losing weight is one of the hardest things I have ever done. Most days I wanted to give up, but here I am 60 pounds lighter and feeling amazing. I can keep up with my kids much better, feel comfortable in any clothes, walk up a flight of stairs without feeling winded, and much more!