Weight loss is a huge topic for many people. It seems like almost every day you hear about a new "fad diet" that some celebrity is promoting, and everyone jumps on the bandwagon for a while. However, I am a firm believer in simply using healthy eating habits. In the past 7 weeks I have lost almost 8 pounds, and while it hasn't been easy changing my eating, I have started using healthy meal plans for weight loss.
The first step I took in my weight loss journey was to reduce my portion size. Drastically. When I first started looking at recommended portion sizes, and comparing them to how much I would normally eat, I was amazed! I began eating the healthier 1 cup of cereal, rather than 2 bowls for breakfast. No more huge bowls of ice cream after dinner (and this was a hard one for me :), I now have a 1/2 cup of a light ice cream. I've started baking with whole wheat and sucralose rather than white flour and sugar.
Another biggie for me was getting enough water during the day. Did you know that if you're not drinking enough water, what you think is hunger could actually be your body telling you it needs water? By increasing my water intake to at least 64 ounces a day, I not only cut back the amount of other drinks, but it also keeps me from those afternoon hunger strikes!
The last meal change I made was another increase-this time in veggies. I now eat 4 servings a day of vegetables, and I've found that I enjoy it! Salads (topped with light dressings), roasted vegetables and salt-and-pepper-topped cucumbers have become some of my favorite foods. This from someone who used to think that veggies were a necessity with one meal a day, but I sure didn't go out of my way to eat them normally!
These 3 steps, combined with aerobic exercise 5 days a week, have made a difference for me. I am so glad I finally chose to eat healthy and lose weight!
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