Weight loss is always a hot button subject, especially with summer being right around the corner. As you look at your scale in absolute shock and wonder what happened to the New Years’ Resolution to lose weight, this is the time to take action. Reflect on the days leading up to New Year’s Day 2014. The chance for a new start fueled your motivation to lose weight. But here you are, a few months into the New Year, looking at your scale in great disbelief. This is the same story year after year. Therefore, it is time for a new diet, one that definitely works.
As a medical professional, I focus my dieting on portion control and permanent lifestyle changes. One summer I gained 28 pounds. I frequented restaurants and barely cooked at home. I always order salads (they are healthy, right?) topped with tons of cheese and every imaginable topping. There is a big secret behind the salad diet: salads are supposed to consist of raw vegetables without toppings and very minimal salad dressing to be considered healthy. I surely learned my lesson that summer.
To shed those unwanted pounds I changed my lifestyle. My eating habit now consist of home-cooked meals and drinking water as opposed to artificial juices. My meals are portion controlled, as I dislike the feeling of being “too full.” I prefer having small, frequent meals. In addition to my dietary changes, I began riding my bike and taking brisk walks. I lost the 28 pounds within months.
Key Points to Remember
- Your diet is a part of your lifestyle. Make permanent changes that you can live with.
- Avoid fried foods. These foods are high in fat and filled with calories that will be charged to your waistline and hips.
- Avoid soda and artificial juices. These products are filled with sugar and worthless calories.
- Prepare your meals at home. A home cooked meal is far healthier than restaurant-prepared meals.
- Small, frequent meals are healthier for you than large meals. Eating smaller, more frequent meals also helps maintain normal blood glucose levels and increases your metabolism.
- Exercise regularly to ensure that your body is functioning at its optimum.
- Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
The key to losing weight is to burn more calories than you consume. Since you are all looking at the scale wondering, what happened? Then it is time to evaluate yourself and change your lifestyle, for this year is about healthful living!