Hey you, yeah you with the dorito powdered fingers. Get over here. Let's talk for a minute about nutrition. I'm not referring to the low calorie, low-fat, restrictive nonsense we have come to know as dieting. I'm referring to the secret world of freedom from diets and worrying about your weight. I'm talking about true nutrition-- giving your body the nutrients it needs to function at it's peak. Now before you go on a spiel about how I couldn't possibly understand what the weight loss struggle is all about, please keep in mind that I lost 48 pounds 5 years ago. I know it feels like a never ending battle between your willpower and your stomach. I've been there, I get it, and I want to share my most practical tips for living a healthier life without the anxiety that is associated with eating, oh say, a cookie...or half a bag of cookies.
Don't drink your calories.
The average American consumes 400 calories from drinks on a daily basis. If you eliminate these calories from your diet and walk one mile every day you can easily lose 1 pound a week. How simple is that? This means cutting the juice, soda, lattes and the worst offender-alcohol- from your diet. Just try it for 21 days. I guarantee you'll love the results. It isn't easy to step away from the soda fountain at first, but it also isn't easy to button your jeans when you're sipping these sugary, bubbly concoctions. Just keep that mental image of strutting your stuff in your hottest skinny jeans and I promise the water won't taste so bad.
Tip # 2
Say no to bread.
Many of you may think I'm nuts to suggest avoiding this doughy delicacy. What will I eat when my friends order pizza? A sandwich without the bread...well, it just isn't a sandwich. And who could say no to the bowl of warm bread I smother with buttery goodness as soon as I sit down at my favorite restaurant? Yes, it's yummy and yes, it's all too common in the average American's diet. The truth is, unless you are running a marathon tomorrow morning, you don't need it. Bread is made up of simple carbohydrates that will spike your blood sugar. After that spike your blood sugar plummets and leaves you ravenous for more carbs. It's a a vicious cycle that leaves you bloated and offers little nutrition, if any at all. Choose lean meats and vegetables instead. Craving more carbs? Try a sweet potato, which has complex carbohydrates that won't put you back on the blood sugar roller coaster. I'm not saying to never eat bread again. In fact, I had pizza the other night, but when I am trying to drop a few pounds I stay far away from the bread bowl. I suggest you do the same.
Drink plenty of water.
Staying hydrated curbs hunger and increases your metabolism by 3%. Water will keep you energized and focused, give your skin a beautiful glow, and help your body flush toxins rid itself of waste. How do you know you are drinking enough? Your urine will be the color of lemonade. Gross, but true. A general guideline for water consumption is to divide your body weight in half and consume that many ounces of water. So if you weigh 140 pounds you should drink at least 70 ounces of water every day. Try drinking a tall glass of water before each snack or meal. This will help prevent overreating and ensure you are drinking plenty of H20.
Incorporate one or all three of these simple tips into your lifestyle and you will lose weight, feel better and look fabulous!