In today’s blog post I will further talk about what I touched on in my first post – committing to lifestyle change.
It really doesn’t matter what you do if you keep eating as much as you already are – so in this post we’re going to be talking about food and the diet changes you need to be making in order to be able to lose the weight.
Step 1: you need to start practicing portion control. This simply means you need to start watching how much you eat. This is one of the best ways to lose weight because once you start watching how much you eat you’ll start to realize that losing weight is much easier than you ever imagined. When you start watching the size of your portions – you’re going to see that you’re going to be able to shave off hundreds – if not thousands! – of calories on a daily basis and you’re going to be losing weight more effortlessly than if you were to just keep on eating like you’ve always done.
This might seem obvious – that large portions have more calories in them – but most people really don’t recognize just how many calories foods contain.
Another advantage to learning how to eat less is that you don’t have to cut out entire food groups to lose weight – you still get to indulge in your favorite treat every now and then. This means you lose weight without dieting and without deprivation.
Step 2: think positively about your new diet instead of dwelling on all the foods you can’t eat!
A lot of people ask me if there’s any restaurants they can’t go to and visit once they start losing weight – I simply tell them there is no restaurant that is completely off limits – you can always find something healthy to eat no matter where you are.
For example, if you’re going to an Italian restaurant you can eat whole wheat pasta with veggies and fresh tomato sauce or fresh grilled fish instead of fettuccine Alfredo also known as “heart attack on a plate” by the Center of Science for the Public Interest.
Step 3: keeping food records. There really is no better way to get a handle of what you eat and how many calories you put into your body than by keeping food records. The good news is you don’t have to keep this record forever once you start committing to a lifestyle change. This will be integrated into the way you live your life and you won’t have to keep this food record.
Lean Belly Breakthrough actually includes a food record with the book.
This will definitely help you out if you need some help on your journey.
The good thing about food records is that they help you if you’re the type of person to eat snacks in front of the TV – simply because you’ll be able to identify that in your food records.
Step 4: structured meals – you definitely need to be eating more structured meals.
That is – eat properly 3 times per day and don’t keep snacking on things that you want to be eating. Because if you don’t eat according to a structure you’re going to just start eating whatever is inside and that is not the right attitude for losing weight.
One thing that also tends to happen when you don’t eat according to a structure is that you often end up grabbing junk food and that is very dangerous when you’re looking to lose weight. So please, plan in advance. Tell yourself you’re going to make three meals today and have everything ready to make it as easy on yourself as possible to lose that weight.
More importantly, cut yourself some slack. You of course need to be focusing on your progress, but always remember: focus on progress – not perfection. It’s very important to take note of the big changes you’ve made so far and looking at the bigger picture.
If you’ve lost 10 lbs and you have 30 lbs to go to reach your goal weight – recognize your accomplishments instead of complaining that you have 30 more lbs to lose.
One way to recognize your progress is to try on some old clothing. Seeing that they’re loose is by far one of the best feelings when you’re trying to lose weight. This helps you see your accomplishments in a way that nothing else can. Enjoy the ride!