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Hi everyone. My name is Tony and I’ve been a fatty for a majority of my rather short life. I am a stressed out undergrad at the University of Minnesota, just trying to get my degree in communication studies. The light bulb sort of turned on for me this past April when I vowed to stop wasting my youth away playing World of Warcraft and eating too much pizza. So far, I’ve been pretty successful and have lost a total of 62.5 pounds. I’m doing everything in my power to get in shape because quite honestly, I Don’t Want to Die of a Heart Attack When I’m 25 (Yep. That’s the name of my blog, too!).
Junk Food Moderation
A few weeks ago, I went to Grumpy’s bar in Minneapolis to watch a concert with a friend. We got there a little early, so I decided to order something from the menu. Of course I had to get one of the worst possible appetizers ever imaginable: fried mac and cheese. I was going to take take a picture, but I totally forgot to when the food came. I was too busy munching away at the golden and crisp delight in front of me. Fortunately for me and my belly, I practiced moderation and had my friend help me eat half of the mac and cheese, cutting the calories in half.
I think implementing any sort of weight loss regime that doesn’t allow you to incorporate unhealthy foods that you love to eat will ultimately fail. With that being said, practicing moderation has been one of the hardest parts of losing weight for me. I’ve gotten better at it though, so I would like to share some of my, what I would like to call, “junk food moderation tips” for all of you people who want to lose weight in a realistic fashion.
1) Don’t buy junk food at the grocery store. Most unhealthy foods at the grocery store come in big packages that have many more servings than you need to satisfy your craving. If you really want some ice cream, don’t buy a half-gallon at the supermarket, instead by a small serving of it at your local ice cream shop. Believe me, it’s much harder to practice moderation when you still have 10 cookies out of a dozen staring at you after a long night studying.
2) Share your food with friends and family. Most restaurants serve outrageous portions of food that have way too many calories for any person trying to lose weight. Share your order of french fries with a friend. You will be able to satisfy your cravings without feeling guilty afterwards.
3) Eat a small portion and throw the rest away. Being the poor college student I am, I generally don’t like throwing food away. Not to mention, my parents always told me to finish my food and not let it go to waste…I think your physical health matters more though, so if there is no way for you to share you plate of buffalo wings, by all means, throw some of it away. If you really don’t like to waste food, take some of it home for the next day and perhaps the day after that (just don’t eat the rest of it later that night). This requires more willpower of course, but it certainly is doable.
4) Don’t go cold turkey. I think one of the biggest misconceptions about losing weight is that it’s all or nothing. This is simply not true. The problem with not ever treating yourself at all is that you could easily end up losing your sanity one day and binging on a bunch of junk food. You do not want that. And how crappy of an existence would it be without a slice of that vanilla bean cheesecake every once in a while. Losing weight does not have to be some sort of impossible endeavor. You can make it easier for yourself.
Alright, well that’s all the tips I have for you. If anyone else has any other ones, please share :).
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