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My diet-free 15 pound weight loss


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!

One of the first-ever licensed estheticians in the U.S., Barbara Salomone is the architect of the modern American facial. Since launching Bioelements Professional Skin Care in 1991, she has trailblazed the industry, incorporating nutritional supplements into topical skin care products, and pioneering the introduction of antioxidants, calcium, probiotics and lutein. Visit Bioelements on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube.

Comments (12)

Marleen Jones says:
Jan 5, 2011

Brilliant and reasonable changes. I love them. I will try to swap sodas with Perrier. I always feel when I do diet, I always gain the weight back with some extra revenge pounds. I have tried keeping carrots available to keep my mouth busy.

teresa says:
Jan 5, 2011

Bravo, Barbara!
Actually, this is the only way I’ve been able to lose weight, keep it off and not starve to death in the process. Changing eating habits for health reasons and exercise is the only thing that works. And it DOES! I’ve gone from a size 16 to a size 10/12 in less than a year, and I’m confident that I can keep it off. And do you know what? My skin has never looked better.

Amy B says:
Jan 6, 2011

Dining out/ordering in – these are two problem issues for me. Especially over winter when you feel so stuck inside you just want to get out. It’s so hard to control portions when you’re served 5 X what’s normal.

barbara says:
Jan 6, 2011

Amy, what I try and do is always share an entree with someone or simply order a salad and a yummy appetizer. True, the portions in most restaurants have gotten obscene. Sometimes one entree will serve 3 people. I say share!

candice lagatta says:
Jan 7, 2011

Positive changes thru healthier eating and the simple steps Barbara follows inspire me to make some over due changes to my own habits.

Good health and great skin in 2011!

Thank you Barbara.


Leslie says:
Jan 10, 2011

These tips came at such a great time. I was feeling overwhelmed with all the Diet articles out there that had unrealistic rules. And frankly, I’m not much of an exerciser, but I do walk the dog a few times a day. I think I can incorporate these tips into my life easily. Thanks barbara.

Amanda says:
Jan 13, 2011

Chiming in to say that Bioelements office did raw veggies and fruits for lunch yesterday – and loved it! We ordered avocado/mango/bean tacos on romaine lettuce, guacamole with flax crackers, stuffed mushrooms and peppers, zuchini frittes and more. So good!

Rhonda Robb says:
Jan 20, 2011

I love raw almond butter!!! great on sliced apples

Annika says:
Jan 28, 2011

Great tips… I really need to get back to eating more raw foods; we’re much better off the closer we get to our food’s the “original” state. I’m vowing to actually USE the office water cooler – often! So, so healthy for the body AND brain. And careful: many “fizzy waters” contain a lot of sodium, so they aren’t much better than soda. Hooray to losing the ball-and-chain regarding your scale – you’re an example & an inspiration! Make the food choices healthy, enough to just satisy, & enjoyable … and as you’ve proven, the weight loss will follow, right? (Now if I can just manage more brisk walks in the good, fresh air, less stress, and enough solid sleep – SIGH!… that’d be HEAVEN!)

Keith Jacobs says:
Jul 20, 2011

Thank you for this article, especially the part about staying off the scales. I like your approach with respect to finding that your clothing fits loosely after you have taken steps to lose weight. I believe once you recognize this feeling of losing weight then you should weigh yourself. My wife wants instant success by weighing herself each day. I will recommend that she stay off the scales and utilize your approach.

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Shreya Mohanty says:
May 16, 2013

Hats up for Barbara..This post is just a learning segment for get fit in our daily life. Some simple & easy steps to make our life more beautiful.I just bookmark this page for recommend to others.Thank you so much..

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