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…
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.
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.
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.
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?