This week’s guest chef is Sue a blogger from bodybuildersboard.com (never been there? check it out! there’s a lot of information about gyms, clean eating, trainers etc.)
Weight control and loss is part of every day life for a growing portion of people.
In order not to turn it into an obsession and eating disorder one needs to use common sense and moderation.
I have a few rules of thumb that I follow in both situations – the need to lose weight as well as maintaining a good healthy weight.
1. Stay Calm!
2. Stick to six meals a day NO MATTER WHAT!!!! Never Skip a meal, and try to keep them 1.5 hour’s to three hours apart. If NEVER comes, and you do skip a meal – pick up from the next meal. Do not combine meals. (MizFit question: I think I like this concept but would love to hear more. So you mean I cant eat what I missed & what I have coming? why? I really do often do this…)
Eat moderate amounts of food at each meal. Get your body used to eating moderately every few hours.
3. Make sure you eat moderate amounts of ALL the foods you like. (MizFit question: Im thinking that you are like I am and DONT do calories etc. yes? so you’re eyeballing the moderate/doing intuitively?)
4. Never allow yourself to get hungry. Hunger is the beginning of craving which is the beginning of eating irrationally. Which is bad.
5. 15 minutes before lunch and dinner suck on a sucking sweet (not a lollipop) with sugar.
The small amount of sugar in a sucking sweet will contribute to your sense of fullness – allowing you to eat moderately and still feel satisfied. (MizFit question: intriguing idea (and obviously one which works well for you so Im not knocking it!). can you give us examples of the/a sweet? this never triggers you to crave more sugar?)
This little trick also helps not to eat while preparing the meal.
I have two small children and if I am not eating with them I usually have a sweet in my mouth while I am feeding them to help me keep from tasting their food.
6. Keep an Emergency food box handy at all times. This box should contain low cal healthy foods in case of the sudden urge to eat outside of the 6 meal plan.
7. Treat yourself once a week to anything you like. At first, it is important to plan this treat. If you know you are meeting with friends for a cup of coffee on Monday – plan to have your treat then – a piece of cake… or if you are having guests and plan an elaborate desert – plan to have you treat then.
This is a very important part of learning to eat well, because there is no way or reason to live a life of denial.
Everything has a place in our life and on our plates… the secret is control and moderation. By planning your treat you avoid temptation, because you know that you will be getting yours in due course.
Find a form of exercise that you enjoy. It will help you keep it up and help your metabolism get going.
9. Last but not least: if you need to lose weight get help. Go to a dietitian or a support group.
Eat a well balanced diet and take your time. Losing weight is easy—keeping it off is the hard part, so take advantage of you weight loss time to learn how to live and eat in a healthy fashion.
Thanks so much Susan!
I love Thursday Guest Posts because it allows all of us to
get a break from my yammering hear a different approach & opinion on the matter of food and eating!
questions? comments? you know what to do….
Oh, and did I forget to mention the freebie?
Since susan touched upon the struggle of eating well whilst being a mama I
pleaded for wrangled us a signed copy of Tosca Reno’s *awesome* new book The Eat-Clean Diet for Family & Kids.
Dont have kids? Ive seen the book. It doesnt matter—you’ll love it regardless. (wanna learn more? read this fab Tosca interview!)
you can be entered to win for the lowlow price of a comment below.