When you’re on a constant roller coaster with your weight like I’ve been in the past you may find yourself feeling desperate and willing to try some pretty shocking techniques to lose weight. I remember feeling like so overwhelmed and frustrated with how hard it was to lose weight but how easy it was to gain. I can spend months working hard to lose 10lbs and would you believe that in one week I can gain all 10lbs right back without even having to do much at all. If you’re on a quest to a slimmer you, avoid doing four things and you’ll be closer to keeping the weight off for good.
How many times have I said I won’t eat cake for the rest of my life. Or I’m never drinking another can of soda ever again! But what happens a few days later? I’m binging on cake and downing a 6 pack of soda. Why is that? Because this is not something my cake-soda-pizza-ice-cream-loving self can sustain. Any dietitian will tell you that after a period of forced deprivation, most people will just throw in the towel and devour an enormous plate of whatever they’re living without.
The best thing you can do is find a healthier alternative (if possible) or just minimize the frequency so that you can have what you love in moderation. For my soda-loving self, Zevia has been heaven sent. The flavors satisfy my sweet cravings while providing a healthier alternative to other sugary and artificially sweetened beverages. And when I enjoy a can of Zevia it always zero calories, zero sugar and no artificial sweeteners. My top 3 flavors are black cherry, ginger ale, and grape. Go here to see where Zevia is sold near you.
Eating Like A Bird
I can’t begin to count the many occasions where I found myself so frustrated with my weight that I planned to eat as little as possible in hopes that it would help me lose weight. After a few hours of this madness my head was hurting and I was craving everything in the pantry. Eating like a bird just doesn’t work and it actually causes more damage in the long run. I now focus on healthy portions and eating as clean as possible. I make all my meals using fresh produce, legumes and whole grains.
In this meal I’m eating 1 cup of cooked brown rice with 1/2 cup cooked red kidney beans and about 7 broccoli spears that I steamed in olive oil and fresh onions with a side of fried sweet plantains. And of course for my drink I’m having a can of Black Cherry Zevia. This meal is about 400-500 calories and keeps me very satisfied.
Having a Cut-Off Time for Eating
If you’ve heard that you shouldn’t eat past 6, 7, or 8 p.m. in order to lose weight, that’s just not true. Food eaten at night doesn’t automatically get stored as fat, as previously believed. What time you stop eating has nothing to do with how much weight you’ll gain or lose—it’s the total calories you consume in a day that matters. If you are a late-night snacker, opt for healthier options that are easy to digest.
Working out is definitely part of the weight-loss equation, but if you think it means you can eat whatever you want, you’re not going to be happy with the results. An average 30-minute cardio work out burns about 270-350 calories. In order to lose a pound a week, you need to burn or cut out 500 calories a day. So that means coupled with your 30-minute workout, you still need to cut out 150-220 calories from your diet every single day. Research actually proves that “abs are made in the kitchen,” which means that what you eat — focusing on eating healthy portions throughout the day — can be even more important than how much you work out.
What are some of the bad habits that have not worked for you on your weight loss journey?