After complaining about my overindulgence to my students, I found that we all agree on one thing, it’s not the Christmas dinner that’s the problem, it’s everything surrounding it! Baking, candies, nuts, carbs, carbs and more carbs.. For me this doesn’t just happen on Christmas day, it happens about two months leading up to it. So needless to say, I have gained a few unwanted pounds, and I have a feeling that I may not be alone. Now comes the process of taking it off and getting ready for spring. I like to think that winter is just my “off” season:) If you are what you eat, I am a giant butter tart right now.
I can lose weight quite quickly and know how my body responds. In my case it’s simply a matter of eating less. Typically when I am helping anyone to lose weight, I get them to write everything down so that they are accountable for what they put in their mouth. It’s amazing the amount of people that I encounter that truly believe they eat well until they see it on paper. We tend to overeat so making a few rules to follow may be helpful like not eating after a certain time of day and restricting yourself to water. Liquid calories can add a whopping 1000 extra calories to your day! Do you really need that caramel macchiato? If you really do need that coffee, brew it at home to save money and calories!
A common misconception is that if it’s healthy it’s ok to eat it, but just because it’s healthy does not mean it’s low in fat and calories. True there are good fats and bad fats but if you are counting calories and trying to lose weight, most fats should be avoided.
I found a great app that is amazing so far, it’s called Lose It! You put in your current weight, your age and how much you want to lose per week…be realistic people, a pound a week is probably good. If you set your goals too high, you could be setting yourself up for failure. It then gives you a daily calorie budget. Each time you eat something you input it. For example, I ate 2 cups of Honey Nut Cheerios and a cup of skim milk for breakfast. It didn’t have the Cheerios listed so it gave me an option to scan the barcode and voila, up it came with the calorie content listed. You just select the amount that you ate and it puts in the calories and lets you know what your calorie budget is for the rest of the day. If you do any exercise you also input that and it gives you the calorie burn…unfortunately it does not have pole dancing listed as an exercise:( You can select Pull ups and Dancing, lol… maybe Ciurcut Training, not sure, I will play with that a little more. Remember that you can’t out train a lousy diet, so don’t think you can pole dance all day and eat your face off, it just won’t work. 80% of how you look is determined by your diet!
I find this app amazing as it really makes you aware of how all the little decisions you make will effect you. If you have to input it, guaranteed you will select a tablespoon of mustard on that sandwich rather than a tablespoon of mayo! It’s been three days and I feel better already. It really is amazing at how little food you actually need compared to how much food we like to eat in a day. Please know that you may feel a little hungry at night as your body starts to lose weight, it will send signals to your brain to eat more as your body wants to maintain your current weight. You can get through this by drinking lots of water and daydreaming of what you will look like on your goal day!
Happy weight loss!
*Please consult your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program*