It's simple really...
DO NOT EAT TOO MUCH FAT.
DO NOT EAT SUGAR.
BAM. You will lose weight.
"GASP! BUT HOW CAN THAT BE?" This is what I used to think.
I used to think, "Whatever, I'm not willing to compromise my pleasure/fun for a diet! Life is too short!" But I realized that I was using this as a crutch to CONTROL me. Why did I put food on such a high pedestal? It's just food. It's there to sustain life. Don't get me wrong, a slice of pepperoni pizza is pretty amazing and I do love it, but it shouldn't be my reason for living. Life is about experiences and the people you're with. Not about what restaurant you're going to and what appetizer they're serving.
With that being said, if you want to lose some serious weight, this is what you have to do...
Make all of your meals. Do not buy Lean Cuisines, they will leave you feeling shitty and wanting more food. There is something about the instant of microwave that will make you feel like you're not eating anything real. The best way to lose weight is to make everything you eat. Yes, that means you're going to have to plan. Yes, that means you're going to not be able to eat out. OH, yeah, DO NOT EAT OUT. Do not even eat at sit down restaurant (if you're trying to lose weight, once you've reached your goal, there are a million healthy options to help you maintain). I always have salad in the fridge that I can eat whenever I don't feel like making something. Which is usually all the time.
THINK -WHOLE FOODS.
It is IMPOSSIBLE to gain weight eating vegetables, fruit, and meat. Impossible. If you eat just those things everyday, you will lose. Your body knows exactly what to do with them. No counting calories. Think nutrition. Not just getting skinny. If your body is getting it's nutritional needs, you will lose weight at a very rapid rate.
"BUT JESS, THAT IS SO BORRRRRRRRRING!"........... is it? Make it interesting. Stir fry. Salad. Soup. Lettuce wraps. Whatever. Think of things. I made stuffed bell peppers tonight.
SEASON YOUR FOOD. Do not be afraid to season. You're eating preservative free, I think you can use some friggin' salt people. SALT IS NOT THE ENEMY. DRINK MORE WATER.
I'm not judging anyone. I'm typing this because I used to, and still do have cravings to eat big macs and domino's pizza. But guess what, I've lost 52lbs this year. Because I was sick of doing that to my body. How do you feel after you eat a big mac? Do you actually feel good? Do you feel like you're the most beautiful creature on earth? Because honestly, I don't. I feel bloated, fat, guilty, and just plain terrible. There is a reason for that. We need to really re-evaulate our eating lifestyles.
Don't have time to work out? THAT IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO GIVE UP ON YOURSELF. Because you know what, losing weight is 80% diet. That's right folks. I don't work out (I WILL BE SOON). I lost the majority of my weight by simply cutting out everything and anything that was bad.
Back to the no sugar and very low fat. Your fat should come from your food naturally. Meat and some vegetables. If you want to lose weight, cut out all unnecessary fat (butter, cheese, cream, BUT NOT PLAIN MILK). Do not worry about the fat in your proteins, it's natural and your body can process it. It's also very good for you. Do not eat any sugar that doesn't come from your food naturally. Eat fruit like crazy! It's good for you. If you're trying to lose weight, do not eat unnecessary carbohydrates (unless you're truly working out, if you're not, it becomes fat in your body). I eat those wasa breads which are very low in sugar.
Remember, once you get to your desired weight, you can start adding in other fats and sugars, but if you're trying to actively lose, you need to cut out all sugar and fats that come from anything besides meat and vegetables (avocado for example is full of fat, but amazingly good for you).
I know that this is an all or nothing approach that may not be suitable for you. But, it is in
that the best and most healthiest way to lose weight is through clean eating. It's an awesome way of approaching food. If you can't make it yourself, then don't eat it. Easy as that. The best thing about the eat clean diet is no counting calories, fat, or sugar because the natural foods you eat are easily processed, nutritional, and natural for your body.
SO STOP. DROP THAT FRENCH FRY. And maybe consider eating clean?
First picture was me at 187lbs in February 2010 and the second picture is me at 136lbs TODAY!
(P.S. this is NOT intended to be rude or offensive to anyone. My goal is just to motivate and encourage others who want to see a huge difference on their scales. Please know that I don't think I'm the shit or that my body is the shit. I have a ways to go, but I'm happy to share my experiences with everyone.)
I AM SO NERVOUS ABOUT THIS POST.