Well, it is that time again. I need to work on losing weight….again! I have been working on it off and on this year, but now is the time to get serious! Wanna know my diet plan? It is very much linked to routine.
When I lost 30 pounds a few years ago, I lost it by having a routine. We had 3 small meals and 2 large snacks each day. It was basically 5 meals per day. Sound easy and too good to be true? Well, that isn’t all there is to it.
Here’s the catch. In order for it to work, you should cut your normal 3 meals in half. Only serve yourself half of what you normally would. This is usually pretty easy when you realize that you can eat again in about 2 hours. Your 2 snacks should be fruit and veggies only (no exceptions). After you have cut your meal in half, you may find as your stomach shrinks back to its normal size, that you can cut your portions even smaller!
On this diet, I usually lose more than 2 pounds the first week, but after the first week or two, it dwindles back to 1-2 pounds a week, which is healthy.
Here are a few other tips that might help:
- chew your food thoroughly
- drink (4-6 oz.) juice twice a day (especially if you have a sweet tooth)
- drink plenty of water
- don’t berate yourself if you feel overweight or mess up
- keep an overall positive attitude about life in general