Diet and starvation are horrible. We love to eat and hate to be hungry. For those of you who hate to eat, there is something seriously wrong with you (please take that as a joke). Back in the good old days when we used to hunt for our food after Adam and Eve were banned from the Garden of Eden, we worked out daily to catch our food. We burned calories being nomadic and constantly toiling and laboring to hunt food and be sheltered. When I realized that I knew instantly that I had to make working out a constant thing I do in my life, a lifestyle. That’s how you really lose weight.
Today, we have a Starbucks at every corner and we have websites that can bring us food to our doorstep. We have giant production plants (farms) and huge food companies that advertise their food constantly to us telling you how hungry you need to be.
Food is always on our minds. The simple fact that our society has also gotten lazier since food and shelter are easier to get makes it harder to keep fit. We can call for our food and cook it without stalking our prey.
Just because food is easily accessible, doesn’t mean that you can eat whatever you want, or however much you want. Everything has a consequence whether good or bad and if you’re reading this today you probably want a change in your life. I will let you know the true secret to keeping fit and losing weight and staying the same weight and that is control.
Count Calories for a Week
Yes, it is a drag to count calories but I’m going to let you know a secret that is completely embarrassing for me but it made me realize how much I was eating. It really hit me how much I ate after I counted my calorie intake for a week. The first day hit me the hardest but I continued for a week just to see what triggered my negative eating habits.
A person should have 2500 calories a day maximum and I think that this maximum is set for a buff man but I’m not too sure. Anyway, when I counted my calories I found out I was eating over 4000 calories a day and was at 155 lbs. I kept that steady weight because I was going to the gym and the more calories I burned the more I ate because I was hungrier of course.
I was so shocked that I felt disgusted by my habits and I was even more motivated to change when I lost the battle with my size 5 jeans and had to go to a 7. Count your calories for a week and be amazed at how much you actually eat.
Cut Your Calories for a Week
Stop Counting Calories
Nobody wants to count or think about calories all day. We want to enjoy our food. So, if you believe one week was enough for you to get the hang of how much you need to eat every day, that’s great. If not try another week to truly get used to it.
- Count your calories for a week
- Stop counting calories and eat the correct amount of calories, 1900-2300, to lose weight
- Eat correctly Monday-Friday. Enjoy your weekend! (Don’t go overboard)
- Once you lose the weight you want to lose you can either stick with 2300 calories a day or less to keep the weight off. Only you will know the correct amount of calories your body needs.
- Stop eating pizza. Only eat one slice whenever it gets ordered.
- Limit bread, have more meat. You can eat bread-like things 3 times a day. A sandwich, spaghetti, and another sandwich are alright. Any more and you won’t lose any weight. (I actually recommend having as little bread as possible.)
- No soda unless you go out to eat. Make soda a reward and drink it when you go out. Don’t buy any soda or stock any for your fridge.
- Eat 1 sweet thing a day. A Hershey kiss 3 pieces of a Hershey bar, a scoop of ice cream. These are daily rewards you can have. Don’t overdo it.
- WATER. Drink water instead of anything else. If you can wean yourself off coffee too that’s great. I still drink coffee today but I will eat less sugar later in the day to make up for the early sugar.
- Eat a GIANT Breakfast, a MEDIUM lunch, and a small dinner. As the day goes on eat less.
- Always eat breakfast.
- Buy clothing for the size you want to be. Nothing more. Don’t ever buy bigger clothes. That’s how you will know if you’re gaining weight again.
- Add exercise and stretching and you’ll be set (I did this life adjustment at first without exercise).
- Mix it up. Keep your proportions correct and your plate should have a variety of food. For example, instead of just spaghetti try to get spaghetti, chicken, and salad, no extra bread.
This is a proven method in my own words. I have practiced these things and now have more control over my food. I can see people eat so much and they fill me up just be looking at them stuff their face. I’m never starving and sometimes I reward myself too much but I lost the 20 lbs. I needed to lose and am now keeping my weight the same for over a year.
Like you, I wanted to be thin. Not for anyone else but for my own confidence. There’s nothing wrong with that. There’s just so much crud on the internet that confuses everyone. I don’t call this lifestyle change a diet because it’s not a diet. It truly is a lifestyle change I made. I was done with my fluctuating weight. I also hated the fact that my jeans didn’t fit anymore!
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Yessenia Diaz has a background in graphic and web design but is also intrigued by writing and teaching. Yessenia created Tru.Works as an outlet for all her talents and continues collecting stories from around the world to share with people all across the interweb. Follow Yessenia on Instagram and her favorite, Twitter, @ythegreatdiaz.