Once upon a time, there was a writer named Rebecca who weighed 297 pounds and wore size 24 pants. That’s right folks, it was me, three years ago. Now I’m sitting here, 125 pounds lighter and half the size I used to be. In a matter of months, the inches were melting away. However, I didn’t use any fad diet. Oh no, I did my homework. I researched diets, nutrition, healthy metabolism, the whole nine yards, and put together my own Do-It-Yourself Diet. Now I’m sharing my discoveries with you.
The first thing to do on this diet is to try to speed up your metabolism. This will help you burn fat and unwanted calories faster. Don’t worry, it’s a lot easier than it sounds. The Huffington Post recently did an article on boosting your metabolism and lists several ways to do it quite easily. If you are a coffee drinker, like me, you are already on your way to an increased metabolism. It has even been scientifically proven that laughter can increase your metabolism! However, the best way – repeated by every source i researched – is to eat several smaller meals or snacks per day. Keep your digestive system running at full speed to keep burning calories.
The biggest key to my diet is moderation. This basically means portion control. Take smaller portions and eat less in one sitting. Don’t deny yourself sweets and goodies but eat them in MODERATION. Have that piece of chocolate cake after dinner that you crave but have a small piece. Use smaller plates at mealtime so you don’t feel cheated on your meal. If your plate looks full, you will feel as though you are eating more. The Nutrition Source, a website hosted by the Harvard School of Public Health, has a lot of information about proper nutrition and balanced diet. The website has a simple, easy-to-use layout with helpful links at the bottom for healthy weight – which gives information about why we gain weight, and staying active – which gives advice for the more traditional exercise fan.
I have found dancing to be the best overall exercise. It works all the muscle groups really well. You can get the most benefit from this by tightening up the muscles in your stomach and butt ( the “core” and “glutes” ) while dancing. The club style line dances (ex: Electric Slide, Cha Cha Slide) are great as exercises. The keep you moving in a repeated rhythmic pattern for a measured length of time. i’m telling you, it’s great cardio, too. Try doing the Copperhead Road all the way through (or even halfway) without getting your heart pumping…. it’s just not possible. So put on your favorite jams, close the curtains, and dance your butt off… literally!
So by dancing regularly, eating smaller portions more frequently and just eating more protein and veggies, I lost over 100 pounds in less than a year, and I hope you can too.