The tried-and-true habits that have helped you lose weight the right way.
One of the biggest mistakes we make in dieting is not being mindful of what we eat. A good way to track extra calories is to keep a food journal. Refer back to it when we are at a loss for why we aren't progressing. We can tweak what we eat by referring back and making the necessary changes.
I've found if I drink my coffee at home in the morning instead of bringing it with me to the office, I have no problem getting my 8 cups of water. When I bring the travel mug with me, it lasts through the morning when I could be drinking water, instead! It's a strange transition, but I'm doing it!
Eating natural foods
I used to pass up the offer to go to dinner and cocktails with my friends because I was "afraid" of the extra calories. I would always end up staying home and eating too much by myself in front of the tv. I've learned that I can still go out, enjoy myself and have a good time while eating healthy!
I used to use food as a "reward"... which got me to my heaviest weight ever! Now, instead, I reward myself w/ something special just for me. Since I'm quickly shrinking out of my warddrobe, I've chosen to buy myself a new outfit for every 10 lbs. I lose. It makes me feel good & look better!
think of small losses in terms of sticks of butter. one stick is 1/4 pound. where do you want that hanging? under your chin? arm? thigh? belly?
think of it this way and even 1/4 pound is a huge loss!! as it should be!!
To get over the plateau and keep your metabolism reved up.
its good to do low calories for 5 days and then 2 days a week increase your calorie intake by like 500 and then decrease it on your other days, so never let your metabolism adjust! This is a secret athletes use all the time!
It is extremely important to get in that protein and watch your sugar intake. The protein keeps you satisfied longer.
Whole grains help you lose weight because they provide fiber and nutrients which help you feel full and meet more of your nutritional needs. I used to avoid brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat , popcorn, barley, etc, but then found them helpful. Pair with legumes for a main dish or side with meat.