Okay, you are skeptical, I get it. Maybe you’ve tried every fad diet out there and it hasn’t worked. I guarantee that this approach will work. Not only will you lose weight but you will find yourself full of a new energy and zest for life.
I had been carrying around a few extra pounds and though I am generally a healthy person I found that the older I got, the more weight just seemed to stick around. I blamed it on hormones. It made sense…everyone at my age complains of hormones as the cause for weight gain. But then one night, I had an actual epiphany. The voice of common sense, whom I call God, led me to a very simple conclusion. I needed to start eating food and I needed to start eating MORE of it. It’s simple, really. So simple in fact that I decided to give it a try. We had an upcoming trip and I did not want to carry around this extra weight. I wanted to feel comfortable and confident at the beach. If I can do this, trust me, you can too!
THREE STEPS TO LOSING WEIGHT AND KEEPING IT OFF
Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. It’s better if you add lemon, lemon zest or infuse it with your fruit or herb ( mint is nice ) of choice. It is not necessary to infuse your water but it will be more refreshing. I like lemon zest as it is a huge immune system booster. Does this mean I gave up coffee? Oh, heck no- never! What I do drink as soon as I get up is my first 16 ounces of filtered water.
Get your self yourself moving. Yup, get off of the couch, out of your chair, and walk. Walk or engage in movement for at least 30 minutes four times a week. Preferably more but 30 minutes is a start. When I started on the elliptical I could only manage 8 minutes. Now, I have increased my time to 45 minutes. An elliptical machine is not necessary. The movement you choose should be something you enjoy. The fact is, you may not enjoy it at first but after a couple of weeks you will find that you crave this time. The key is making it a habit.
This is the most difficult yet most important step for me. THIS step IS the epiphany, the common sense step. NO, and I mean no processed food. If we are being honest, processed “food” is not food as far as your body is concerned and your body does not recognize it as such. When humans ingest Oreos, Cheetos, or fast “food” for example, our body says “hmm, not sure what this is and I can’t really use this for fuel efficiently so I’ll just store it over here until I figure it out.” Your body then stores it in fat cells and or cellulite. I guarentee we could eliminate most of the obesity in this country if we just started eating food. So now your asking- How do I know for sure if it’s processed? The best rule of thumb that I use is, if God didn’t make it- do not ingest it. Did He make pop? (Sorry, I’m from Michigan ) Did God make cookies? God did not make white refined sugar or flour either. Cut out all processed cereals and breads. Trust me, you will get enough fiber from real food. It does get a little grey when we talk about dairy. I would cut out as much as you can and if you don’t see the scale move then cut it out entirely. If you do these three things you will not even have to count calories. 100 calories from an avacado vs. 100 calories from a brownie are not the same. They are stored and burned for energy in a very different manner. It is much harder ( requires much more physical effort ) to burn brownie calories as they are stored deep in your fat cells.
Give your body the chance that YOU deserve! On about day three your cravings for non foods will all but vanish, in fact the thought of it will start to disgust you.
So you see, when you break it down to only three steps, it really seems do-able. This past June-July, I went from 167 to 148 ppounds. Not only did I not feel weak but I have never felt better. The best part is that there are no special foods to buy….in fact, it is what you don’t buy. When buying fruits, veggies and even meat I do recommend buying organic as much as possible. Certain foods don’t really matter as much. I have included a list of the Dirty Dozen. These are foods that you should not consume if they are not organic as they absorb pesticides that are passed on to you. I have also listed a list of the Clean Fifteen. These are foods that do not absorb pesticides as much so it does not make sense to spend more on organic.
Strawberries, Spinach, Nectarines, Apples, Peaches, Pears, Cherries, Grapes, Celery, Tomatoes, Sweet bell peppers, Potatoes
Sweet corn, Avacados, Pineapples, Cabbage, Onions, Sweet peas, Papayas, Asparagus, Mangos, Eggplant, Honeydew melon, Kiwi
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