My weight loss over the last six months was not purposefully started. That’s probably what made it so effective. But once I started to look at ways to enhance the effort through my diet, I became focused on numerous things I wasn’t before.
I’ve gone Paleo, at least in premise. You’re supposed to avoid legumes and processed grains as part of the diet. But, you are also allowed cheat meals 15% of the time. I’ve not avoided legumes or processed grains, and my cheat meals are more like 35% of the time.
Here’s what I have found. You don’t have to chose a diet plan, just be cognizant of certain things.
- I weigh myself nearly every morning. If I have eaten ANYTHING past 10pm, good for me or not, I’ve put on weight.
- Portion control is important. You can always eat again in another couple of hours if you’re that hungry. Think about what your parents said to you growing up. Wait for 15 minutes and see if you are still hungry before getting more food.
- If you struggle with your weight, take note of the times you’ve put on weight and/or feel not as good as normal. Note what you ate in the last 24-48 hours. You may need to adjust amounts or drop all together certain types of food.
- If you struggle with drinking water, try drinking tea. There are actually additional health benefits to tea. Plus, it gives you flavors. Also, if you need your tea to have any level of sweet, use honey and/or unprocessed sugar, but only in moderation.
- If you struggle to handle multiple hurdles at the same time, gain a handle on your eating habits first. Turn those new eating patterns in to habits, then they will be second nature when you start to find useful exercise habits.
I’ve let my eating habits slip in the past few days. The scales said I’ve put on 4 pounds in three days, but I felt it before even getting on the scales. It’s obvious I was oblivious to what certain foods were doing to me in the past. Now that I am aware, I am hyper aware.
Also published on Medium.