I’m like most of us – as a teen, I could wolf down half a large pizza and two big Cokes and never see the effects on my hips. The scale showed two extra pounds? No problem. I just thought about losing weight and it was gone. But as an adult, no one ever accused me of being too thin. I bounced all over the scale, and my closet had clothes in it covering five different sizes! When I got pregnant, I literally thought this was it for me, goodbye any recognition of a waistline. Thanks to losing weight naturally with fresh, healthy food, that didn’t happen.
I think one of the most important keys to losing weight is to not deny yourself to the point of feeling resentful. Denying any pleasure in eating is no way to go. Instead, it’s a matter of shifting your eating pleasure to other foods. Here’s my trick: Cookie in cupboard is calling my name. (I try not to have cookies in the cupboard to begin with, but occasionally they jump into my grocery cart when I’m not looking. Bad, bad cookie.) Cookie in cupboard must be eaten. Alrighty, but first I must eat something really healthy and nutrient-rich before moving on to said cookie. Often (but not always) I don’t have a desire to eat the cookie after I’ve eaten a piece of my favorite fruit, like grapefruit or a banana or both! If I still want the cookie, I figure I’ve gotten some goodness in me anyway, and I won’t be floating along on a nasty sugar buzz.
So now you’re thinking, “The girl just ate two pieces of fruit and a cookie! You can’t lose weight that way!” My rule: Never feel guilty about eating fruit and vegetables. Ever. Eat until you explode if you so choose, unless you’re drenching your vegetables in cheese. Then we gotta talk. But if they’re nice and fresh, eat all you want. Because if you eat all those fresh fruits and vegetables, you will lose weight. There’s no way around it. You’re filling up on things so full of nutrients that I guarantee that cookie will not feel nearly so enticing once you’ve worked up a veggie buzz. And yes, my friends, there IS a veggie buzz.
More on that later…
Read How to Lose Weight Part One for more info.