Trying to lose weight can be so overwhelming. There are so many “diets” out there and resources that it’s hard to find the right one for you. My husband and I had been needing to lose weight for a few years now. We each had gain about 50 pounds in the 7 years we have been together! To admit that makes me embarrassed but I know that other people struggle with the same problem, so I wanted to share how we lost 20 pounds each in the past 2 months. And we aren’t done yet!
When we knew we were serious about eating healthy we decided to seek help. We needed to learn how to eat healthy. We thought we knew but we were WRONG. The things that are advertised on TV as healthy are not always healthy. Do your own research before just believing an AD you see. That’s what we had to start doing. Educating yourself on how to eat is an important part of losing weight and getting healthy. My husband and I decided that this was not going to be “diet” but a lifestyle change. I know that sounds cliche but to us there was no point in eating healthy to lose weight and then go back to eating bad and gain it all back. Plus we really wanted to be healthy and not just lose weight.
We also went to a Med Spa in our town with a Nurse that assists you in loosing weight. She gives us B12 shots and weighs us every 2 weeks. She taught us how to eat and gave us a list of foods to eat to get us started. (To download this starter list look at the bottom of this post.) She checks our BMI and body fat and this helps us stay motivated. Having accountability is a huge part of sticking to eating healthy. This was actually not very expensive. The first visit was $150 and then $50 a month after that. This seemed like a low price to get the help we really needed.
What She Taught Us
We learned that the best way to eat for losing weight is to take,
carbs – fiber = protein
when making each meal or snack. This takes a little bit of planning but after a few weeks it became a lot easier. You just have to get in the habit of doing it. For example I use to think that drinking a protein shake for breakfast was a good idea. And it is! However it is better to drink a protein shake and match it with carbs such as a slice of whole wheat toast, a banana, or some granola. I never knew that! And since doing this I have been losing weight consistently. The same goes with other meals. It’s better to eat a small apple with peanut butter on it than just a small apple. Again I had no idea! The idea is to get carbs from the apple and protein from the peanut butter. This has been a game changer in how we eat.
There are a few tools that will help you succeed to eating healthier everyday. Each of these things we personally use and have worked well for us.
1. My Fitness Pal App. (Free)
This is a great app for tracking what you are eating. It also will keep up with how much calories you have had, how much carbs, protein, and more. It is so easy and fast to put in your food and makes it easy to keep up with. No more loosing that paper with your list of food you ate for the day! It’s also free unless you want to upgrade but we never have and it works great for us.
2. Scale To Measure Food.
It’s a good idea, especially in the beginning to use a scale to keep your portions under control. This will help you keep your calories low and stay on track. It doesn’t take long to add this step while cooking, maybe an extra 2 minutes. Once you get the habit down it’s very easy. This is the scale we like and it’s not very expensive. We were taught to eat 4 oz of turkey, 5 oz of beef, 4 oz of chicken, and 6 oz of fish for each meal. We limit our red meat because it is the least healthy for you. Tailor this to what you feel is best for you.
I would not weigh everyday. We only weigh every 2 weeks and this works best for us. If you feel like you will be motivated by weighing everyday then do it for sure! But for us we like to give it enough time to lose at least a few pounds and not just an ounce at a time. I think this is really personal preference.
It is a good idea to plan what you are going to eat for the day the night before. This helps take the guessing out each day and the panic from when you are hungry and don’t know what to fix. I don’t do this for the whole week because it seems overwhelming. For us it works better to do it each evening for the next day. The key is to figure out what works for you. We also like to cook food the night before for lunch the next day. This saves us a lot of time and I usually just cook it while I’m cooking dinner that night, so I’m not making the kitchen a mess twice! Find a system that works for you and stick with it!
The number 1 tip I have for breaking food addiction and sticking with eating healthy for good is prayer. I have tried to lose weight on my own and never had the discipline or will power. My husband and I began to pray about breaking our addiction to food and to change our attitudes towards eating healthy. And wow has this changed out whole out look! We are happy to eat healthy now instead of feeling miserable about it. Having a good attitude about a major change in your life will make it more enjoyable and more likely you will stick to it.
What tips do you have for losing weight? Share them here and help encourage others to eat healthy forever and not just diet!
*Disclaimer: I also lost 20 pounds but chose not to post my pictures because I didn’t feel they were appropriate to share online because I was in a sports bra for the photos.