I love to eat food. I love everything there is about the concept of food. I love how some foods are salty and some foods are sweet. It pains me to admit that I love food because we live in a society where we are told that we have to look a certain way and weigh a certain weight.
Let’s face it… everyone at some point in their life has wished to be called “skinny.”
I have not always been a healthy eater. In fact, I would not even classify myself today as a healthy eater. My eating habits have changed to where I genuinely try to turn to a “healthier” food option before indulging into a bad choice in regards to food.
I am strong believer in the saying: You Are What You Eat.
When it comes to losing weight, the most important “first step,” in my book, is to cut out all sugars and starches.
According to Authority Nutrition, sugars and starches are “the foods that stimulate secretion of insulin the most. If you didn’t know already, insulin is the main fat storage hormone in the body. When insulin goes down, fat has an easier time getting out of the fat stores and the body starts burning fats instead of carbs. It is not uncommon to lose up to 10 pounds (sometimes more) in the first week of eating this way, both body fat and water weight.”
Another weight loss tip I would like to share with you all is to make it a point to exercise more than three times a week. Just because you may clean up your eating habits does not mean you cannot burn off and calories. You must work out and develop some muscle.
Come up with a meal plan. You’d be surprised at the results in making a meal plan for the week.
If you are anything like me and know you will not stick to a meal plan, break it up. Instead of planning out your meals for seven days, plan out your meals for three days. This way, healthy eating does not look so intimidating.
Add fiber to your eating regime to increase weight loss. According to WebMD, fiber “helps you feel satisfied longer, so while you lighten family favorites, you can easily amp up the fiber by adding a cup of whole wheat flour to your pizza dough, or toss a handful of red bell peppers on the pie.”
One more thing… ditch the term “diet.” By referring to yourself as being on a diet, you have already set yourself up for failure by placing a negative term on your path to healthy living.