“Losing weight was easy!” — Said no one ever in the history of weight loss. Losing weight is a challenge, that goes without saying. However, starting on the right path can help keep you on track and increase your success to skinny.
Note: I am by no means at all a weight loss whisperer, slimming sage or gaining guru. I just have an 80 pound loss under my belt.. or rather, vanished from my belt. So first things first…
RAID THE CABINETS:
No, this is not one last hoorah at the powdered donuts, my friends. You need to get rid of all temptations. That includes the stash of Halloween candy hidden in the back of your freezer… yah I’m looking at you Snickers, you gotta go. Speaking from personal experience, all forms of chocolate coaxing and sweet seduction have to be out of sight at the beginning of a weight loss journey until you’ve built up some self control.
FRUITS & VEGGIES ARE YOUR FRIENDS:
Get to know them well, you’ll be spending a lot of time together — early morning breakfast dates, late night pillow talks, etc. I could list them all here, but you know what they are and where to find them.. They’re generally located next to the bread aisle and I’m sure we all know where that is. Just be careful: some of these friends have a high caloric count. Their names are bananas, avocados, and potatoes. You can still eat them–they’re packed with nutrients– just make sure to account for their calories!
Speaking of calories, COUNT THEM:
First, figure out what your current caloric intake is. You can carry around a small notebook and write down what you eat to do this OR if you have a smartphone, you can use Fitness Pal, it’s a free App as well as a gift from the dieting gods. It tells you how many calories you are allowed for the day and how many you have left after adding in your consumed foods. Basically, it counts your calories for you. Other than being able to eat chocolate all day and not get fat, I don’t know what more we could ask for.
Word from the somewhat wise: don’t you dare drink your calories. So that Java Chip Frappuccino that’s worth oh, I don’t know, FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTY CALORIES, paws off ladies and gentlemen. Embrace some h20.
UNDERSTAND THE BASICS:
Weight loss is pretty simple math: Calories consumed – calories burned = weight loss/gain. The end. Generally, one pound is equal to about 3500 calories. So, if you know how many calories you’re consuming and how many you’re burning, you can calculate your intake/outtake for a 500 calorie deficit and lose 1 pound a week. Still with me? Hope so.
Here’s the thing: you burn calories just by laying around (I know, I know, it’s like Christmas morning) You can calculate your BMR (that’s Basal Metabolic Rate for all your rookies) to find out how many calories you burn by simply existing. Remember, the more overweight you are, the more work it is for your body to function and the more calories you’ll burn naturally. However, as you start to lose weight, this number is going to decrease. Hence, you either need to decrease your caloric intake or increase your activity level in order to balance it out and continue to lose weight.
So here’s your homework: Once you figure out how many calories you can consume for the day, unhand the Oreos, throw all Entemann’s products into your trash, then go stock your house with some greens.. and some oranges, some reds perhaps. All colors of the rainbow, really.