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So I'm fat; it seems that close to 40 percent of the population in the US is overweight. I have struggled with my weight most of my life. I tried countless diets, exercise programs, all with a big fat fail at the end of it. Why? I think it has to do with the false belief we put into diets.
Have you ever daydreamed about what it would be like to shed all your excess pounds? Then eat whatever you want when you're thin? That's the problem right there. You won't be able to ever again. I am overweight because I have bad eating habits. Yes, I ate the pizza, hamburgers, french fries, takeouts, drank shakes, drank pop with sugar in it. I did all the wrong things, then was left wondering why I was towering over 300lbs. I finally started to change that after I changed me. What do I mean?
Well, I stopped focusing on eating the wrong foods, and started to focus my attention on the right ones. Instead of eating potatoes, I switched to cauliflower mashed potatoes and cauliflower rice. Instead of eating a load of bread, I switched to low carb type breads. I cut back my amounts I ate as well; instead of eating four servings I ate two to one. Everything in small steps, proceeding slowly. Everything is an adventure to me. I look at food in a new light, as fuel, and as a taste adventure, into the new and exotic flavors that I have not experienced before, eating healthy, and less of it. I feel invigorated, I feel alive, I feel like I have something to look forward to.
Attitude is a large percentage of it. If you look at what you cannot have all the time, you're gonna fail. You have to look at it from the perspective of what you can eat. What new and exciting foods your going to find. That's how I have been approaching it, and it is working much better. So far I have shed 40 pounds and still going. I feel healthier, I feel better, and when I eat the wrong foods now, I can tell. So where do we begin?
Carbs, they are the demon in all of us. They make you fat. Bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, etc. We crave and love them, but they are bad for us. They trick is to find substitutes for them. I found some low carb bread, there is zero carb bread you can buy. Same with noodles, I bought some vegetable noodles called shirataki noodles which are basically a free food; just rinse and cook, then eat. You won't be able to taste the difference, and you cut back way on the carbs with that. I switched from sugar to stevia, milk to almond milk, butter, to ghee, vegetable oil to olive and coconut oils. The hardest part I have to deal with is having a husband who is 6'4" and has an empty leg, meaning, he can eat whatever he wants, and not gain a pound. So basically everyday, I cook two meals. One for him, with all the carbs and fats he loves, and one for me, low carb, low sugar, and good fats. We usually eat the same meat, so the meat is prepared in my oils. He hasn't noticed the difference.
I have incorporated walking into my routine. I'm starting out slow, 15 minute walks at first or even 10 minutes, then growing them as I get used to it. Workouts are another thing. I always fail at working out. I get bored or hurt myself by trying to get too aggressive with my workout. So I found some workouts that are 8 to 10 minutes long. Some are 15 and 20, all on YouTube all free. I just use those workouts instead of the long 30 minute ones that burn me out so fast. Making all these small changes has helped me a lot to loose and shed the pounds, and I notice it in my clothes, my face, and other people notice it too. It makes me feel good inside, knowing I am making a difference to my overall health.
Weight loss works this way. It is 80 percent diet, 20 percent exercise, and 100 percent attitude. Do I stay chipper all the time? Heck no! Some days I'm too tired to cook, but think about blowing my eating habits, and then I carefully remember those pair of jeans I have that I STILL can't wear and change my mind. There are days when I want to give up, where my body is craving those carbs I've denied it, and cries out for a binge eating episode. I don't give in. Drink water instead is the general rule. A lot of times when you think you're hungry, you're really thirsty. Every small change, no matter how small, makes a huge difference to your overall health. Don't give up, don't give in, just go with the flow, and let it roll. Good luck!