People who have met me in the past eight years or so have a hard time believing that I was ever a “Big Girl”. The cold hard truth is this: I was CHUBBY. I am surprised that the friction from my thighs rubbing together did not cause my pants to start on fire.
I did a stint in high school where I did not eat. For days. Yes, I got skinny, but guess what happened when I started eating again? Thigh burn.
Through trial and error, I have found some surefire, non-fad tips that help me to keep my weight in check.
1. Move it and lose it. Exercise in some form is vital. Walking counts. Unless you are walking to the snack cupboard.
2. Cut out the white stuff (bread, rice, pasta). Whole grains are the way to go.
3. For that matter, cut down on breads/starches in general. Apart from my morning Oatmeal, I try not to eat many more bread products in a day. 2-3 small servings is what my dietitian recommended.
4. Stop eating THREE HOURS before bed. Not a raisin, not a grape. NOTHING. I kid you not - you will lose 5 pounds in a week…if you don’t try and make up for it during the day.
5. EAT MORE VEGGIES. Seriously. Fill up on veggies (Green/orange/red ones. NOT potatoes. See starch note above).
6. EAT BREAKFAST. Breakfast kick starts your metabolism during the day. I eat oatmeal because it fills me up. The added bonus is that it is healthy.
7. CUT OUT SUGAR. If sugar is one of the first 5 ingredients in something, IT IS NOT FOR YOU. Seriously. Splenda is an alternative, as is stevia. I’ve heard that stevia is bitter though I have never tried it myself.
8. Have cheat days. Friday nights I allow myself to eat whatever suits my fancy. The regular dish was nachos for quite a while but I have been mixing it up lately. Calamari, anyone?
9. Drink a lot of water. Water flushes fat . Chug-a-lug! If it’s too bland for you, try adding Crystal Light or something similar.
10. Cut down on the cocktails. I KNOW . Trust me; you can add them back later. In moderation, of course.
Do you have any tips that you would like to share?
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