This morning I had to add two new holes to my belt! It’s hanging two-thirds of the way to my left knee and is probably unfashionably. It does remind me of how far I’ve come. It’s become a bit of a trophy.
I repeat what I wrote yesterday. I am not a health expert. In fact, I’ve little more than a passing interest in health issues. My only nod to diet issues is a continuing quest to eat real food and avoid chemicals and manufactured food. (I love butter and eat it often.)
I have dropped nearly 50 lbs. using LoseIt which simply tracks my weight goal and calorie make.
The for USA is simple. I learned it in 8th grade physics. If you put less fuel I to a system than it burns, it loses mass. If you put more fuel not a system than is burned, it’s mass increases. Diets are that simple. You have to give up calories and/or burn more.
It’s hard to be hungry all of the time. You’ve got to learn to live with it. One website scolded that hunger was a reminder that your diet is working. I could not agree more.
I wanted to pass on a bit of my gained experiential knowledge. I’m no expert. I’ve been doing it since July and it works for me.
1) Drink water. Only water (I’ve a few exceptions.). Eliminate Any calories that don’t fill your belly. My two exceptions–a cup of coffee with cream and sugar in the morning and an occasional beer or wine at bedtime. This was difficult for me. I was hooked on caffeine and really enjoy craft beer. I truly believed that some meals (pizza, hamburgers, etc.) must be accompanied by a beer (or two) or a Coke. Water can make you feel full–for a very short time. Sipping for a water bottle really helps me get through tough afternoons. (I firmly believe that High fructose corn syrup is the bane of modern health. I was thrilled to finally be free of those HFCS laced colas!)
2) Eat what you love–in moderation. I still eat fried food, potato chips, mashed potatoes with butter and gravy and bread with butter, in moderation. Severe moderation. Most of these foods are no longer eaten in any volume that I would call a serving. Save larger portions for foods that really fill you up and give you energy.
3) Eat salads and celery. Learn to like plain lettuce and plain celery. They provide a ton of bulk with virtually no calories. (Celery naturally contains a lot of salt. You might want to watch it.)
4) Take tiny bites and eat slowly.
5) Hoard calories for a decent dinner. I love dinner and try to maintain enough calories to not have to make sacrifices for my favorite meal.
6) Eat fish! Fish provides relatively few calories per ounce. I could eat fish ten times a week. Smoked salmon has become my go-to lunch.
7) Treat yourself. Frozen yogurt, single small pieces of candy, etc. do not have a lot of calories and you’ll be amazed at the intensity of their flavor when they are truly a special treat.
8) Eat at Seasons52. Everything on the menu is under 475 calories. The thrill of being able to order anything on the menu is one hell of a thrill.
9) This is the part I know nothing about–yet. Change your eating patterns for life. You don’t want to loose the weight equivalent to a third grader only to have it return. your body is ever programmed to replace the fat supply that you robbed. Don’t give it a chance.
The effort is worth it. You’ll love he person inside!