If you’ve been following this blog since its inception, you’d know that I was previously overweight and tried various “I don’t know what I was thinking then” methods such as dieting myself into hypoglycaemia and an unhealthy exercise regimen which resulted in me gaining more weight.
All in all, those failed experiences taught me how to successfully achieve a healthy weight loss and today, I am 25 pounds lighter, and will be sharing my tips on how I lost the extra kgs.
The first tip really, is honesty. Why are you trying to lose weight. Is it for health purposes? Are you trying to get into wedding shape? Is this all in an effort to attract one dude’s attention? I don’t judge. Once you’ve gotten the honesty out of the way, you use it as your Motivation, your driving force. Each time you want to give up, you remind yourself why you started in the first place.
I mean, if you want to lose weight for fashion purposes, there really is no point in lying to yourself by saying “I’m trying to be healthy”. You eat those sucky vegetables, while reminding yourself, I’m going to look fly when the wedding date arrive. Hey, different strokes for different folks.
2. Portion control
Everything in moderation people. To achieve portion control, I started eating my meals with a fork instead of a spoon because it carries less food than a spoon. And then, chewing the food for a while before swallowing, rather than just dumping it all into your mouth and almost directly to your stomach.
Another thing I did was, I stopped eating before I was full. I didn’t wait for my stomach to feel heavy before I ditched the plate. Once I noticed I have eaten quite a portion of food, I keep the plate to the side. At first, it was hard because it meant, not eating even though my mouth still wanted more. But eventually, my body adjusted and I felt full with that amount of food.
3. Fruit Fruit and more Fruit
I started stocking up my fridge with grapes and apples, and occasionally, bananas because they are the fruits I love. Whenever I felt a craving, I go to the fridge and instead of previously taking a bar of chocolate, instead, I’d fill up a bowl with grapes and get to eating. And for someone who craves as much as I do, it meant eating lots and lots of fruit.
4. Don’t forget your veggies.
I always say, if you are trying to lose weight, half of your food should be vegetables. What I used to do was, I’d get cabbage, slice them all up and put them in a bowl in the fridge. So I didn’t have to go through washing the veggies, then slicing them up, every time I wanted to have a meal. Also, I made sure a third of my meal was vegetable. Meaning, if I previously put three serving spoons of rice, I started putting two servings and 1 serving spoon of vegetable.
No, I am not talking about the substitution in mathematics. No one has to tell me, losing weight is hard, and giving up junk is one of the major part. I had a major sugar problem. I mean, I could live on Coca Cola, chocolate and cookies for days. That eating fashion had to go if I wanted to lose weight, but then, I still wanted my drinks.
What I did was, I gave up coke and other gas drinks and replaced them with Nutri C and the healthier Chi-active drinks, which contain zero gas and significantly less sugar. Also, I said bye bye to Maryland chocolate chip cookies and said hello to Digestive oat Hobnobs biscuit. We’ve got to substitute a major evil with a lesser one. But, I mean, if you have the discipline to quit all junks at one go, that’s amazing and you can skip this step.
6. Lime water
What I do is, I cut two slices of lemon and put it in my water flask, then drink up the water first thing in the morning. It should pretty much become a ritual. You can also top it up by drinking the lime water all through the day. Just, keep on refilling the water flask with water and reuse the same lime slices for 24 hours. In addition to losing weight, it helps in detoxifying the body. See, we are killing two birds with one stone.
7. Weight loss app
This might not be for everyone, but personally, having a weight loss app to track my eating habits was a great help. I used “Noom Coach“, which takes in your body measurements, and tells you what weight range is within healthy according to your Body mass index.
It also tells you the amount of calories you require in a day, how many times you need to eat per day, it has a range of options where you get to fill out every meal you eat, like your own online meal diary. Unhealthy foods are red, where as vegetables and fruits are a green. So even on the days where you eat the required calories but they are all unhealthy foods, you get a total red, which lets you know that it’s not proper to fill up your calories with junk foods.
8. Exercise (The right one).
I’m sure some of you were wondering when I was going to get to this. I follow the school of thought which believes that 70% of the work is in the kitchen which is why I emphasized on Food and Food. That being said, exercise is also very much important. I don’t agree that a daily 30 minutes walk is enough when you are trying to lose weight. It might be sufficient when you are trying to keep healthy, but not for weight loss.
Cardio and Aerobics are the two exercise forms which helped me to lose weight, and both of them increase the body’s metabolism. So yes, lots of cardio an aerobics and also, Exercising 3 times a week (for me). Some do it daily (I can’t), some do it 4 times a week. Then again, I can only speak from experience and three times a week worked fine for me.
9. Weekly weight check
Till this day, I still don’t like checking my weight. I remember the dread of working hard and getting on the scale, only to see that I barely lost (or sometimes even gained) some weight. But then again, I still believe in the weekly weight check in. It helps to keep you on track.
If you are losing weight, then you know the plan you are on is working. And if you are not losing any weight, or if you find that each week you are gaining weight, then something needs to be tweaked with regards your diet. Keep in mind though, slow and steady wins the race.
In all honesty, I cannot fit in all the things which helped me lose weight into one post (maybe I will do another, it depends if you found this helpful), but I am sure the above tips are not so far fetched and will guide you towards the right direction.
Losing weight is difficult, it takes hard work, discipline and consistency, especially if you are not going on a diet but rather on a complete lifestyle change. And remember, everything in moderation; just because you exercised the night before, is no excuse for you to binge the next day.
If you have any questions, or would like to share your own tips on weight loss, please do so in the comment section below.
Until next time… wishing you lots of love, laughter and coffee.