top five weight loss tips

7 10 2009

before & after

Virtually every woman’s magazine and ad on the right-hand side of your Facebook page advertises a quick slim-down “solution,” sure fire ways to melt the fat in… ONE week?  10 DAYS?  Nuh uh.  I’ll relate my weight loss story another time (size 14 to size 6!)… but, it started with a conscious decision to change my thinking around eating.

First of all — don’t expect a quick weight or body shape change ever.  You need a good 6-8 weeks of good eating and exercise…also gives you time to create a routine and good habits.  I have a few strategies to get you started – they are not profound and it’s nothing you haven’t read before, but if nothing else, these tips can get you going down the right path.

Here are DeirdreSpeak’s weight loss Top 5:

  1. Drink H2O – aside from the hydration and cleansing benefits, drinking water keeps you away from sugary drinks and curbs your appetite.  Snacking (on junk food) is a huge weakness for me; water fills me up, keeps me satisfied until the next meal.
  2. Become calorie conscious – this was something I never wanted to do — I couldn’t be bothered because it seemed like a hassle to calculate calories for everything I ate.  But, try becoming calorie conscious – simply flip over the packaging on whatever it is you’re about to eat and make a mental note of the calories per serving.  Your goal is approximately 2000 calories per day (I’ll talk to you about good, bad, and ugly calories later)
  3. Reduce or better yet, eliminate simple carbohydrates – sugar, bread, potatoes, pasta, rice.  These foods break down quickly, and in the absence of high intensity exercise, get stored as fat.  Limit high GI fruit & vegetables (check the glycemic index website for a list).  Use a zero calorie sugar substitute such as Splenda.
  4. Take small bites – you’ll send your brain the appropriate message about how full you really are.  If you eat too much too fast, your brain won’t realize you’re full until you’ve consumed twice the calories you should have.
  5. Run or walk – I’m a firm believer in high intensity cardio coupled with a good weight training routine to really axe those pounds.  Customize with any other physical activity you want: yoga, pilates, swimming, hip hop dance, etc.  My best combo was ballet + running + weight training.  But, as a mom with limited time and a lapsed gym membership, a regular run (20 minutes, 3-4 times a week is great!) or long walk.

I want to talk about food as fat burning fuel – but, that’s another blog.

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6 responses

7 10 2009
Rozi

So, clearly I missed a few years of your life there in the middle! This is good advice…i’ve been thinking about all of that stuff lately too. I’m quite tired of myself! Time to shake things up.

8 10 2009
LRinTO

Wow, Dee, I would never have guessed! You are an inspiration!

8 10 2009
Stephanie

OMG thank you for posting this D. 🙂 i have put on some weight the last 6 months (only 6 lbs, but i can see it) and have been craving for a quick fix. I know that the things you say are true because i have preached the same things myself. Thank you SO MUCH for reminding me. i most certainly will be back 🙂

Great Blog!

8 10 2009
amy

very helpful! and kudos to you for losing and keeping it off

10 10 2009
Heidi

Good for you Deirdre! I’ve lost weight these last 6 months, only because I have curbed one of my favourite foods – bread. It’s amazing, I only did it so that I have some digestive relief (from bloating). It was so hard at first, but now, I make my own baking with spelt and oatmeal – what a difference. 🙂

13 10 2009
deirdrespeak

i know… what a huge difference eliminating bread makes! so simple! i used to be a double-double girl… i gradually left cream and sugar behind and now enjoy my coffee black – i mean, i realllllly enjoy it! a lot of little tweaks add up to good results! congratulations, Heidi!

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