Losing weight the healthy way

Losing weight is hard!  It’s hard emotionally, physically and mentally!  It took me a while to figure out what worked for me but I finally figured it out and it’s a lot simpler than I thought.   From the beginning I decided that I didn’t want to do a fad diet that promised quick results (water weight loss) because I have tried most of them and they may have worked for a little while but not in the long run.  My body needed a balanced diet (more than juice, pills, shakes, or a massive amount of proteins and lack of carbs).  In order for this to work I needed to have a routine and eat what my body needed rather than what my mind was telling me it needed.  That is where it is so difficult, you actually have to tell yourself that you don’t need that dessert or salty snack.  I reminded myself daily that I was eating to LIVE not living to EAT, I motivated myself by writing my weight on my mirror and reward myself when I lost weight (and not with food). Keeping my eye on the prize and not giving into temptation was tough but I managed to make it though.  Trust me it can be done and you can do it!  Below I have listed my diet and I hope it helps you as much as it helped me!  Good luck!

My Diet:

Breakfast: Two eggs, one piece of whole grain bread toasted and 10 oz. coffee.  You can also do oatmeal (I like to add ground flax seed) just keep it under your allowed “calorie budget”.

Lunch: 2 cups fresh baby spinach, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, two servings of croutons (I like the crunch but a healthier option would be nuts such as almonds) and one serving of low calorie dressing (I like lite balsamic vinaigrette, Panera poppy seed dressing, Marzetti Pomegranate vinaigrette, and Marzetti spinach dressing).  Feta cheese is also really yummy on spinach!

Dinner: 1 serving of a lean meat (baked/grilled chicken, baked/smoked salmon, baked/grilled turkey breast, and so on) 1 serving of carbs (sweet potato, roasted potatoes, whole grain rice, quinoa and so on) and one serving of something GREEN (green beans, brussel sprouts, asparagus, collard greens, spinach, broccoli)

Snacks include something under 100 calories (think about nutrients & vitamins such as fruits and veggies) if you eat the right foods you will stay full longer.  WHEN DIETING PLEASE MAKE SURE TO TAKE A GOOD MULTI-VITAMIN! Throughout the day I drink un-sweet tea (sweetened with Stevia) and water because they are ZERO calories.  By avoiding sugary drinks, you have more calories for food that actually have nutrients.  Make sure you keep track of everything that you eat and drink 🙂

Also, everyone eventually hits a plateau where you don’t lose weight (it’s a way for your body to hoard food/fat) but you MUST keep going because you will start losing the weight again and it will literally fall off!  There is a light at the end of the tunnel 🙂 My plateau was around week six…

Once a week I would allow myself a cheat meal (yes a MEAL, not a day) and I would eat whatever I wanted 🙂

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