Sunday, September 7, 2008

Weight loss- Food

Okay, here's what everyone wants to know: How to lose weight.
First off- there is no magic pill. Second-you do have to eat healthier and exercise.

I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but it's true. You will get out of it what you put into it. So, forget the diet pills and fat burners, they don't really work forever (Trust me, I've tried them all.), and start keeping track of what you eat and the amount of exercise you do. It's really not that hard, and seriously, it's the only way you are going to lose weight and KEEP IT OFF!!!

So, how to begin this weight loss journey....

Your food. This is probably THE most important thing you can do that will affect your weight. And stop dieting! What a waste of time!!! You can eat good tasting healthy food, lose weight, and still be happy!!! It does not have to be a miserable ordeal. This is a life long commitment you need to make. Not a for a week and then give up cause you didn't lose 20 pounds. It doesn't work that way. You really need to change your lifestyle around. Trust me, it is worth it, and once you do, it will just become habit for you. Your whole body will become healthier, you'll have more energy, and to top it all off, you'll lose weight!!! It's such a simple concept!

Like discussed in one of the previous sections, a good rule of thumb is- If you can't find it in nature...don't eat it. It makes grocery shopping so much easier if you just keep thinking of that. This means more fruits, vegetables, meats, etc...

So you say, "Why can't I just go on one of those fad diets like Atkins or Jenny Craig?"
...cause they're just a fad. Diets aren't meant to be used forever, and who wants to be on a diet the rest of their life?

  1. They reduce calories too severely. Reducing your calories may work at first, but eventually all that calorie cutting will leave you feeling hungry. Thus causing you to raid the local pizza place and binge on all of the delightful evilness within, making all of your efforts worthless!
  2. They restrict too many foods. Who wants to give up ice cream and pizza for the rest of their lives?! If you need to, these things won't hurt in moderation, but you need to make sure the rest of your diet is good. Any diet that makes you give up your favorite food probably isn't going to be successful for very long...
The conclusion is, don't diet. Chances are, you'll lose weight initially, but the second you go off them and back to your ravenous lifestyle, you will gain it all back and then some. Eat healthy. It's almost too easy. In future discussions, I will give daily meal examples to give you an idea of what a day's worth of food would look like for you! Also, we will weigh the pros and cons of some of the more popular diets out there to help you see the insanity of it all. :)

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