I got a jump on my spring weight loss. Like a lot of you, I’ve tried many different diets over the years. While I’m on them, I do great. Of course, in time, I get bored and stray, which brings the weight back. This time, I’m not just looking at weight loss as a phase. Instead, I’ve created a blended diet that is helping me lose weight while not depriving me of foods that I love. Best of all, I’ve already taken off 19 pounds since early January. That’s about a pound and a half a week. As the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race.
At the core of my choices is the simple concept: Move More, Eat Less. For the “Move More” part, I’ve begun walking 4 days a week, usually 1.5-3.5 miles. I do a basic, 30-minute yoga routine (with a DVD) 1 day a week. And, I hike local trails and hills one day a week. I know that the more I move, the more I can eat without guilt. I do find that with exercise, I’m not nearly as hungry or I fill up faster.
As for “Eat Less,” I’m once again trying a pseudo Atkins diet plan. For me, carbs are my nemesis. I love them and they stay with me for a long, long time! So, throughout the week I cut all the grain-based carbs (breads, rolls, pizza, pancakes, pasta, etc.), potatoes, and rice. Instead, I eat lots of meats, cheeses, eggs, veggies, and salads. And, I allow myself as much of those as I want. For snacks I turn to baby carrots because they’re both sweet and crunchy, and cabbage with olive oil and vinegar (again because it’s sweet).
1. Lots of meals. Instead of eating only 2 or 3 times through the day, I now try to eat 5 or 6 small meals. My family has an ongoing battle with high sugar (i.e., diabetes) and my doctor has told me that eating many smaller meals throughout the day helps keep your blood sugar from spiking and dropping and that in turn helps keep the overall blood sugar numbers lower. So I get to snack often and it turns out that’s good for me. Win…Win.
2. Cheater Days. One day a week I allow myself to eat anything I want. I can gorge on cake and ice cream, or mashed potatoes and gravy, or pizza. I can eat sandwiches and chips for lunch. Whatever I want, I give myself permission to have. During stressful weeks, I often start planning my cheater day menu days in advance. Doing this, I’m less likely to binge during the week and that keeps me moving and sticking to my chosen diet plan.
This has worked for me lately and I hope that it, or some version of my plan, will help you take off a few pounds, too.