This time of year is famous for three things: paying off bills, getting organized and losing weight.
I am happy to announce bills are all up to date, home is getting organized, but I need to lose a little weight.
I am lacking motivation for weight loss, so I have consulted my favorite healthy eating magazine, Eating Well. This magazine is a great resource. This month, Eating Well, has the Ultimate Get Slim Guide. Let’s have a look and see what it recommends.
The Ultimate Get-Slim Guide
I am not going to review each step of the guide. If you want to do that, pick up a copy of the magazine. But I thought, I would highlight some of the more important features of the article.
Define your goal
We all know how much weight we would like to lose. Losing 1 pound a week is a good way to go. Here is how to calculate how much less, you need to eat.
(Your weight x 12) – 500 = Your daily calorie goal.
Sound simple right? If I would like to lose 5 pounds, for five weeks I will need to eat 500 calories less a day. The problem is I like to eat. Not eating those extra 500 calories a day could make me very unhappy. I am grumpy enough these days, so not eating will only make it worse.
Ditch the top slice of bread
I don’t want to eat open sandwiches, do you? The filling falls off the bread too easily. No, to this idea.
When I was pregnant with my little son I developed gestational diabetes. In order to stay off insulin, I needed to journal what foods I was eating and how much. I hated journaling my food intake. It is hard and takes the joy out of eating. Counting calories is like writing a food journal. Not fun.
Post a picture to motivate you.
The article suggests posting a flattering photo of yourself on the fridge. Seeing yourself, looking fabulous should motivate you not to grab a hunk of cheese or a beer. But it could also make you depressed eat more.
Drinking TWO cups of water before a meal has been proven to help people lose weight. Um, really? Is this really a tip? Don’t we all drink enough water? More water will lead to only one thing for me…more bathroom time.
Repeat this mantra
Say this when you messed up, eating the whole plate of nachos.
Back on track, stat.
I like it. This mantra is easy to remember. Much better than my usual, “I am going to run five miles…tomorrow.”
Pick a prize
I like this. The idea is when you reach a weight goal to treat yourself to something special: new clothes, massage, dinner out. Whoops, I don’t think dinner out was on the list of acceptable treats. But that is how I like to reward myself.
Make a plan
The Ultimate guide recommends planning all your meals. A realistic goal is eating 1,500 calories a day…A DAY! 1, 500 calories is not very much if you consider a burger with fries is about 1, 000 calories. I do agree, planning meals ahead of time will cut snacking and stuffing, but planning ahead is not my thing. I like to ‘wing it’.
This is not a step in the guide, but felt this information deserved an honorable mention.
“Make room for a glass of wine by eliminating pistachios from the morning snack AND 2 tablespoons of humus at lunch” – Eating Well
Excuse me? Having ONE glass of wine means I must cut pistachios and the humus. What if I have TWO glasses of wine or worse THREE? This is not a good plan at all. Everyone knows if you do not eat enough, drinking wine will give you a nasty hangover.
Hangover vs extra pounds?
Maybe stretchy pants can be attractive. Sure beats a headache.