As my wedding was quickly approaching, I really wanted to trim off a few pounds. In the past, I’d attempted fad diets, such as Atkins and other low-carb plans, and without fail, I always felt disappointed with both the results and the experience. After all, I love carbs, sweets, and a variety of foods; therefore, I decided to skip the fads and simply get back to the basics of healthy dieting. By sticking to the following basic principles of weight loss, I was able to lose 20 pounds in 10 weeks, which falls exactly within the recommended weight-loss of one-two pounds per week.
In order to maintain the discipline needed to change your current diet and exercise routines, you need motivation; therefore, I set a goal. My goal was to look good on the beach during my honeymoon. Whatever your goal is, keep it in mind, especially as you eat and exercise.
Burned Calories > Consumed Calories
You don’t need fad diets or insane workouts to lose weight. You only need basic math–weight-loss occurs when you burn more calories than your consume. It’s that simple! Don’t believe me? Ask the Mayo Clinic! During the two months I was shedding weight, this is what I focused on; in fact, I only looked at the calories and sugar content on food labels.
I’m a big fan of the food pyramid. A healthy diet consists of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean protein and dairy products, and some fats. Our bodies require the nutrition contained in all the food groups, and our taste buds crave variety. Following the food pyramid was much more sustainable and enjoyable.
The right portions are essential to lowering caloric intake; however, controlling portions was the toughest part for me. I like to eat a lot and if I can see food, I’m going to end up eating it. Storing food out of sight and moving on to a new task immediately after I finished eating my prepared portions helped me greatly. WebMD has some good advice as well.
I enjoy sugary treats, like many people, so I allowed myself to eat a dessert on Wednesdays and Saturdays. By satisfying my sweet tooth every few days, I was able to restrain it the rest of the week. If you have a weakness for sweets, reward yourself every few days; otherwise you’ll end up binge eating ice cream one night.
In order to burn more calories, you have to exercise! Whether it’s walking, lifting weights, or playing basketball, it really doesn’t matter what you do was long as you do something. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I would run a mile on the treadmill, followed by weight lifting for 30 minutes; on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I went for longer runs.
Losing weight doesn’t have to be complex; following the basic principles of healthy dieting is the best way to drop a few pounds and stay trim. I can testify to that from experience. Not only did I lose the unwanted weight in a manageable time frame, but I felt great doing it too!