I came across this article about eating breakfast to aid in weight loss. I used to skip breakfast due to time constraints and aside from the fact that I am too sleepy while preparing it; nearly burning my hands while preparing corned beef hash browns.
As a “plus-sized person”, I really want to lose weight safely. There are enough ‘horror stories’ concerning surgery gone awry and some supplements being downright unsafe (do you recall some ‘metabolism boosters’ containing regulated ingredients like ma huang; found to cause or contribute dangerous cardiac and liver side effects) that I have come across in my favorite health and fitness magazines.
I am glad to report though that after two months of starting a “lifestyle” program, which uses food portion control and regular brisk walking, I lost around two inches on my waist and 14 pounds on the scale. I am still halfway in my battle against the bulge, and I need to lose around 10 more pounds to have a ‘healthy’ target weight of 150 lbs. (for my height of 5’5”). The program I am on, by the way, was prescribed to me by a college friend who is now a licensed internist in the medical field.
Yes, I still do have cravings for ‘fatty food’ like chocolate chip ice cream (yummy!) and barbecued baby back ribs (the aroma is divine!) but being mindful of food portion control really works. I get to eat my favorite foods, and never feel ‘deprived’. I always keep in my mind that whatever I would do or eat (however small) would definitely be seen and felt on my waist in the long run.
Let me share what worked for me so far (aside from eating breakfast):
1. Really, get moving. Do housework like cleaning windows and laundry.
2. Don’t drive your car or any other vehicle for short distances (less than 300 meters for me), instead, if time permits; walk around the mall. Start a brisk walking program (30 minutes a day or as prescribed by your health care provider).
3. Read and be informed about the latest health new
4. Skip the extra gravy for your favorite grilled meat; grill lower fat cuts of meat too
5. Eat fruits and vegetables more often than not; learn to cook them the ‘healthy’ way.
6. Be mindful of your portions; of any food or ‘sugary’ beverages (this really worked for me).
7. Read the labels and ingredient declarations before buying processed food; these are printed for a reason.
8. If you are feeling ‘blue’, talk to your friends on the phone or through IM and SMS. This keeps my hands from reaching for the ‘fattening’ snacks; drink plain or bottled water often (article coming on this).
9. Yes, men do lose weight faster than women due to our muscle proportion and distribution. But for the ladies, don’t be daunted by this; you can do it!
That’s it and I have practiced these tips as good habits for the past two months now. The only downside: I have to buy me some new belts…my jeans and trousers are getting loose!
I researched a product that I am going to post an article about, it is CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid (phew, long word to remember, glad they abreaviated it). Coupled with some excersize this is a natural way to lose fat without the side-effects. Here is a link to one of the sites I found to check it out, they have quality stuff.