12 TIPS FOR LOSING 50 LBS. (ANONYMOUS AUTHOR)
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I'VE SAVED MUCH STUFF ON MOTIVATIONAL WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & HERE'S ONE I SAVED FROM 2008. I'VE BATTLED WITH A WEIGHT PROBLEM ALL OF MY ADULT LIFE & HOPE THIS WILL HELP SOMEONE OUT ON THEIR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY. SINCE SPARKS HAS BEEN PART OF MY LIFE I SEE ALOT OF WORTH IN SOME OF THESE TIPS. I'VE INCORPORATED SOME OF THESE TIPS IN MY LIFE ALREADY BEGINNING WITH #1. ENJOY!
1. Plan to be on a diet the rest of your life. Did you ever notice how some thin people always talk about dieting? That’s why they are thin, because they work at it constantly. You must plan to be on a diet the rest of your life. Not necessarily a weight reducing diet your whole life... obviously at some point you’ll want to just maintain your weight. But - you need to continue good healthy eating choices from here on out... and not slip back to old ways.
2. Take it slow. Don’t be in a hurry to lose weight. If you follow tip #1 above, this won’t be a problem. Go for 1 or 2 pounds a week. Slow weight loss is healthier, is more likely to be permanent, and is so much easier to sustain over the long haul. And if you need to lose 100 pounds like me, it’s a long haul!
3. Don’t Get Discouraged. If you go a week, or two, or even three, without losing a pound - don’t worry! Any week that you do not gain weight is a successful week in my book. And don’t get discouraged by the constant up-down-up-down-up-down-down pattern of your weight. Here’s a typical month of daily weights in my diet.
4. Don’t eat after dinner. Make it a rule to not eat after dinner. Evening munchies was one of my biggest weight gain problems. The way I broke this habit: whenever I want to munch at night, I make myself a cup of decaff earl grey tea with some splenda and a little whole milk. Find a satisfying low cal beverage that you enjoy (without sugar or carbs). I think the warm tea and the small amount of milk help curb any hunger pangs. Other ideas are: decaff regular tea, decaff coffee, or sugar free hot cocoa. I don’t think diet coke would help as much as a warm beverage.
5. Write it down! Keep a food diary and write down every calorie or point or carb (or whatever it is you are counting!). It’s amazing how quickly the calories add up! Even if you cheat and snitch a spoonful of cookie dough or a bite of someone else’s cake. Write it down.
6. Only Eat in the Kitchen. Do not eat in front of the TV or computer. Only eat at the kitchen table.
7. Drink lots of Water. Drink lots and lots of water...at least 8 full glasses per day. Add a slice of lemon to spruce it up. Often, we think we are hungry when really, we are just thirsty. So, next time you head for the fridge, grab some water first and see if that does it for you.
8. Veggies and Dip. Keep fresh cut vegetables handy and munch on them when you are cooking dinner to avoid munching on fattening foods. This will benefit the whole family! Choose a low carb ranch dip to dip them in. I like to use Naturally Fresh Lite Ranch, available in the produce section of the grocery store.
9. Don’t eat When you are Stressed. Find another way to relieve stress. A warm bath, a hot cup of tea, a nice long walk....anything besides eating!
10. Cut out the Sugar and Refined Carbs. Sugar and Carbs make you crave more of them. Cutting them out really helps you not be so hungry.
11. Listen to your body. Don’t eat unless you are truly hungry. If you pig out one day, don’t eat the next meal until you are hungry again.
Stay Busy. If you’re anything like me, you are sitting at your computer avoiding work, housework, yardwork, exercise, etc. Housework burns more calories than sitting on your duff! Just go do it - whatever it is you are avoiding!