It seems like I tried to lose the same, stubborn 10-15 pounds forever. And trust me, I didn’t spend years lounging around eating chocolate bon bons and using my treadmill to hang clothes. In reality, I love to exercise, and always have. But I realized that 30+ years of diligent, daily exercise and good (but not great) eating habits was just not enough.
So how did I lose 15 pounds last year? Well, I did NOT go on a diet. Do you know anyone who went on a diet that worked? Let me rephrase that – do you know anyone who went on a diet that worked, and that person is still at the same weight 5, 10, 20 years later?
I didn’t “diet” to lose weight. I made simple, realistic adjustments to my eating habits. And I made them slowly, over the course of about 6 months last year. Here are my tips on how you can do it, too:
THINK RAW. As in raw veggies – and lots of them! Incorporate vegetables (whichever ones you like) into as many meals as you can. I like to chop them up into wraps with a bit of cheese and a light salad dressing.
AN APPLE A DAY… Actually, some days I eat two apples. But always keep apples in the house. They’re one of the most filling snacks you could have.
DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but it’s important. For me, some fresh fruit and a slice of whole wheat bread or toast is a perfect start to the day.
OPT FOR RAW ALMOND BUTTER. Have you ever tried it? (Let me know in the comments.) Raw almond butter is delicious on whole wheat bread, while being reasonably low in calories and packed with protein.
SWEAR OFF DIET SODA. (And all other sodas, too.) If you still want something bubbly, try Pellegrino, Perrier or any sparkling mineral water instead.
STAY IN. I try to go out to dinner only once a week, tops. And when I do dine out, I choose a lean cut of steak or fish – with no sauce.
SWAP OUT SUGAR. I keep grapes and cherries in the fridge for the times I crave sugary sweets.
STAY OFF THE SCALE. When I made these changes, I wasn’t shooting for a weight loss goal; I was simply making new, healthier eating habits. And because of this, I never got on the scale (it’s something I always avoided anyway). But after a few months, my clothes were looser, and I just had to check: 9 pounds were gone! I was amazed. And about 6 weeks later (and more noticeable changes), I was down 15 pounds, which I feel is my ideal, healthy weight. Now I keep up the same eating habits, and have held steady at the same number.
I’m sharing this with you not as a nutritionist (which I’m not) but to help you make your own gradual changes in eating habits. I am now convinced – once and for all – that typical diets don’t work. Why would I pay someone to send me small portions of processed foods? I can make my own, healthy choices, eat great food, and see a difference.
OK, tell me the truth – are you trying to lose weight? Let me know below. Or have you already seen weight loss success? Share your tips in the comments!