It is a word that means something different to everyone. Here, when I say “I don’t diet” I mean that I no longer choose to try this fad diet or that fad diet for quick and sometimes unhealthy weight loss.
I used to try a lot of different things hoping for that miracle. Including, this one diet where you replace two meals a day with a shake or a meal replacement bar. I will admit this one worked in the sense that I lost a lot of weight. However, I was always tired and I was pretty weak. I didn’t feel fit or healthy at all.
Then, when I started to include more real food into my diet I realized how hungry I was and how much my body was missing. And I ended up gaining the weight back.
At this point I realized I just needed to make a full lifestyle change.
There is no quick fix.
So what kind of changes did I make?
You need to have the right mindset. This means realizing that being healthier is part of your life not a 1 month diet. Everyday you are going to make healthier choices, you are going to be active. There is no “off track.” Know that you are going to have bad days, you are going to eat things you shouldn’t have, you are going to miss a workout. That’s ok, next meal or next day just go back to healthy.
I used to really struggle with this. I would do a workout program with a set schedule, then I would miss a workout and then feel like I’d have to start over again. Honestly, this is still a struggle for me at times.
Find What Works For You
This took a lot of trial and error to learn what really works for my lifestyle and actually works. I started by taking one step at a time. I still continue taking steps towards improving.
One of the best ways I found to start was to just track everything you eat. I mean everything, even that random single cookie (if it was really only eat one…) that you grabbed on the go.
I personally love MyFitnessPal to do this. It’s an app you can use on your PC or your phone. With the option to scan labels and see your nutrition vs calories. After a week or so analyze what you are eating. Check how much protein, carbs, sugars you are eating. Then figure out what a better balance may be for you.
You would be surprised by some of the foods you may think are healthy that aren’t as healthy as they should be. So start swapping out some of those foods with real foods. If you need to start with small things and just keep making improvements as you go.
At first, I tried fancy healthy recipes. Which were great but increased my grocery bill and sometimes took a lot of time to prep. I learned that the simpler the better for me.
After awhile you will have a daily routine for the most part. For me, its pretty simple. Breakfast, Snack 1, Lunch, Snack 2, Dinner, Snack 3. I keep my meals pretty small and eat throughout the day. This keeps me fuller and keeps me from grabbing foods I shouldn’t.
And remember what works for one person may not work for another. So find what works for you and do not compare yourself to others.
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