A Foodies Guide To Weight Loss

My guess is that if you have stumbled upon this post you are looking to lose weight. You might even be looking for a quick fix guide to weight loss. But that is not what this guide is about. Instead, I will share with you how I have developed a healthy lifestyle which in return has helped me lose weight! My goal is to help you have an amazing relationship with food but also a healthy relationship with yourself.

A Foodies Guide To Weight Loss

Years ago (ok like 4) I was a yo-yo dieter….Please do not make the same mistakes that I have. YoYo dieting is not only bad for your body but it is also bad for your mental state. I have learned that sticking to a healthy lifestyle and gaining a healthy relationship with food makes a huge different in your weight and mind.

Food is not a weapon but it is a wonderful tool to a healthier life. It fuels our body and looking at it as fuel will help shape your relationship with food. That doesn’t mean you can’t have doughnuts or other “comfort” food. It just means that the majority of the foods you eat will be healthy.  But don’t worry you can still eat EVERYTHING! (I am thinking about getting a burger and a milkshake today…So, trust me I mean everything!) So let’s get into my weight loss tips…

Stay Hydrated

You probably did not expect this to be my first tip. Honestly, I never expected it to be either but it make a huge difference. Drinking water is not some magical fat burning solution but drinking water can help you lose weight. Staying hydrated helps prevent overeating. People tend to think they are hungry when there is a chance that they are just thirsty. So if you find yourself craving a snack midway through meal times try drinking a glass of water and wait 30 minutes to see if you are still hungry.

Shop Healthy

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This seems like a no-brainer but is one of the hardest things to do. Grocery shopping can be quite the adventure. Only stock your home with healthy foods and you will be less likely to binge eat unhealthy foods.  I try to keep healthy foods all around me so that when I am hungry and need a snack I eat carrots or an apple instead of chips or chocolate.

My favorite quick fix breakfast is a smoothie. I always make sure to have plenty of frozen fruit, kale, and spinach in my fridge/freezer.

My goal each day is to eat 12 cups of veggies sprinkle with a little fruit. I eat 3 cups of colorful fruits and veggies, 3 cups of sulfur rich foods and 6 cups of greens.  And only eating healthy lean meats.  Trying to stick to eating a lot of healthy foods has helped me stay full.

Sticking to a high amount of vegetables and fruits means that when I shop I stick to the produce aisles which helps me avoid the snack aisles. Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to junk food but we will get into that later.

Learn to Cook What You Love

The day that I figured out how to cook healthy foods the way I like them while keeping them healthy was the best decision that I have made. I learned what I like and that’s how I cook. I’m  not worried about what is popular. I cook for me and who I am with and that that.

There are some amazing cookbooks out there to help inspire you and your healthy lifestyle.

Treat Yourself

I am sitting here on a Saturday night writing and drinking a nice cold beer. I give myself a day where I eat something I want….like a donut or a burger. Drink a beer and remember that I work hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle and sometimes I need to eat something that I am really craving! So pick a day and make it a day to not only have a treat but to relax and reflect on how amazing your life truly is!

Moderation is Key

So I know that I just said to treat yourself but that doesn’t mean you should eat a dozen donuts or an entire pizza by yourself…If you decide that you need pizza have a slice with a salad on the side. Or eat a donut with a green smoothie. Just don’t blow all of your hard word in one sitting.

Keep Track

You must keep track of the foods you are eating. Writing down what you are eating throughout the day will help you avoid overeating. I like to use My Fitness Pal. It counts the calories and nutrients of the foods that I am eating.  I keep track of every food that I am eating so that I know I am sticking to a good calorie count and nutrient count.

Move Your Body

When it comes to successful and lasting weight loss, eating well is only part of the battle. Exercise is an important tool when you are trying to lose weight. However, weight loss is not they only reason to make exercise part of your daily life. Exercise also helps prevent many health conditions, decreases stress and makes you feel better!

So find something that gets you moving and that you enjoy doing! 

Fill Up On Veggies

The fiber and water in vegetables fill you up way more efficiently than eating processed carbs that are deficient in fiber. Plus, vegetables tend to be lower in calories, yet pack away more powerful punch when it comes to keeping you healthy and full for longer. This all means you may tend to eat fewer calories, while still feeling satisfied, if not more satisfied, than when you rely on packaged foods and foods devoid of nutrients.

These are the ways that I have lost weight but also gained a healthy lifestyle! Eating healthy has made me feel a lot better while helping aid weight loss.

What are your healthy lifestyle/weight loss tips?

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26 Comments

  1. I’m sending this to my sister!! right now she’s so obsessed to lose weight she’s doing the most weird diets. We lost the nearly the same weight during the same week. She with her diet and me with eating healthy and eating cookies here and then. She just need to learn!

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

  2. Good advice! You might want to add something about meal prepping in the “Learn to Cook What You Love” section. People never stick to their diets when they don’ t prep.

  3. I try to make sure I have protein for each meal, then really fill up on veggies, and get my sweet fix with little bits of fruit in between. And no eating after 7pm…that’s what I’m really working on now. A big issue for me was never eating enough protein and eating a bunch of processed junk.

  4. great tips for people that are looking to get healthy…they’re simple and approachable yet still allow comfort. losing weight and being healthy doesn’t have to deprive joy.

  5. I needed this guide so bad. I feel like no matter what I do I don’t lose weight. I am going to take some of these tips into mind.

  6. These are really great tips! I found that I was tracking calories WAYYYY too much with My Fitness Pal, but I definitely find that I drink a ton more water if it’s a bit naturally flavored!

  7. My weight has been a struggle all my life. And being criticized by family members and partners took a massive toll on me. I struggled with low self esteem and struggled with eating disorders. For the past 3 years I’ve taken my eating habits seriously. This blog is great because it’s all true! I don’t believe in harsh, starving yourself diets. Your tips are great, and you’re right, treat yourself!

  8. Alexandra

    12 cups of fruits and veggies?! Oh, my. I’m gonna have to seriously ramp up. I thought I was doing good with 2!

  9. i had to delete myfitnesspal off of my phone because I was becoming obsessed! instead, i just make sure to portion my meals!
    also, have you ever heard of meal prepping? or IIFYM (if it fits your macros)? those two things changed my life! planning out meals for the week, cooking a huge batch and essentially having left overs for the rest of the week helped me stay on track with my food. iffy is basically flexible dieting where you don’t limit anything from your diet and just make sure you’re not overdoing it on certain macros (like carbs)

  10. Great tips! I need to tone up, not necessarily lose weight but all your tips are so important for a healthy lifestyle. Loading up on veggies is my problem.

  11. Rae

    Great tips! I try to eat my veggies first so I can fill up in them, before diving into the rest of whatever I’m having. And having veggies at every meal is key!
    Rae | Mindful Rambles

  12. Olivia

    LOVE THIS! I’m blogging about my journey to weight loss and as I’ve documented my journey I’ve come to find and know the truth to all of these! Thanks for sharing great tips with others :))

  13. I haven’t had issues with weight until after I had a baby! I think this approach is great, especially when you treat yourself. You are always beating yourself up, trying to be healthy and stay healthy doesn’t have to me another outlet!

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