|You could just eat smaller servings of |
fast food, but would it be healthy?
Learning to eat goes beyond counting
food points, but chosing foods that
will benefit you overtime.
In my professional (and very personal opinion) one of the major barriers to successful weight loss for life is the myth that you must cut everything out and exercise like a dog to get there. Unfortunately, this results in very tired and very undernourished people throwing up their hands after only a month and going back to old behaviours. Weight loss doesn't have to be so cruel, hard, impossible, frustration, depreciating, or uncomfortable. I promise.
On thing you can do, right now, is cut a few calories per day....just a few will make a huge difference overtime. As I have mentioned before, I subscribe to a monthly newsletter, "Nutrition Action". It is a brilliant periodical written by those in the research (and without the bias that comes from advertising and such). It provides the health promotion enthusiast with great tips on what to be aware of (the nasty dishes in the restaurant that are loaded with crap) and what to move towards. I have borrowed from this month's newsletter to share some of their tips....the first (I think) may make the biggest impact.
|It's gross, but it's true.|
There is a belief that juice is a healthy option, but the reality is it carries just as many calories and the good stuff from the fruit is usually tossed with the de-hydrated body. Getting in the habit of drinking water with meals can significantly cut your calories. If you drink one pop a day and cut that out...you could lose up to 10 pounds within the year!
Tip #2 BUY PRE-CUT VEGGIES.
If veggie prep is a barrier to adding them to meals, purchase a bag of pre cut vegetables or even frozen veggies (at least that way you won't be tossing out dead and lifeless vegetables every week). Frozen vegetables are just as healthy as the stuff you get at the grocery store. Sometimes, they are more fresh than the other as they are frozen at the time of picking.
|A brilliant invention and a great |
suggestion of how to use them.
Now you can buy thin slices of burger buns and even hot dog buns to cut down on the calories and processed stuff. If this doesn't appeal to you, think about wrapping it up! There are many healthy options for wraps these days and make dinner interesting. OR....use a large romaine lettuce leaf as your wrap (believe it or not, it adds something really cool and crunchy to your meal).
Tip #4 GET RID OF THE JUNK FOOD IN THE CUPBOARD.
Many times I hear people say they can't get rid of the junk food because their spouse or kids can't live without it. The only thing I have to say to that is...how much do you want change? If the family wants junk, let them go out and buy junk. Make it a special occasion but just don't have it in the house 24/7. It doesn't just make a difference to your health, but the health of the people you love.
Tip #5 REDUCE THE SIZE OF YOUR PLATES.
Serve your dinner on the smaller salad plates vs. the large dinner plates. In addition, try serving desserts in a ramekin (those teeny tiny souffle bowls) instead of a large bowl. Think taste versus volume.
Tip #6 SNACK ON HEALTHIER OPTIONS.
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pod, place it between your teeth and
drag it through to squeeze the beans
Tip #7 THIN VERSUS THICK PIZZA CRUST.
Many pizza places offer a choice now when it comes to the crust. By choosing a thin crust, you are cutting out the calories that come from the thicker version (especially if it's stuffed with something cheesy).
Tip #8 SOUR CREAM VS. BUTTER
Love your potato? Try covering it in sour cream instead of butter and cut your calories while still enjoying your spud. OR...try a little plain Greek yogurt (it's to die for).
Tip #9 GET CREATIVE IN THE RESTAURANT
The first thing many "dieters" do is cut out (or desperately fear) the restaurants. If you master the art of eating out you will never worry again. The first thing I do when opening the menu is go directly to the salad section without even perusing the other sections of foody goodness. Just don't look. Choose your salad watching for the deep fried meat they may place on it or the thick creamy sauces (like the Caesars) and then add your chicken, salmon, or prawn with the dressing (see through has less calories) on the side.
Tip #10 DON'T DO THE ABOVE ALL AT ONCE.
Finally, although there are many more tips I could include, I want to avoid the overload factor. With life long behaviour change in mind, I strongly suggest you choose only one out of the nine and focus on that for one month. If that works, add another...and another...until within the year you have achieved it all comfortably.
Although I haven't lost 100 lbs myself (those bloggers tend to get a huge following of people wanting to know their secrets) I have come from a junk food background. Until I was 40 (and even 41-42) I was a junk food addict. I could eat a pepperoni pizza in one sitting and drink a bottle of wine all by myself. I thought white pasta was health food and would drown it in white sauce. Over the last two years I have committed myself to learning a new way to eat and it hasn't been easy. I have fallen off the wagon so many times I don't even blog about it anymore. What I do do is get back on the wagon and try again. I have studied the basic science and elaborate psychology of eating and feel more confident I am on my way to the diet I dream of.
That's all I got.