Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Eat This Not That

David Zinczenko is the editor-in-chief of Men's Health magazine.. He authors the bestselling series, Eat This, Not That!

Don't let it throw you that his articles are on Mens Health. I love his books and his articles are inspiring every time I read them.

Today's tip is to spend some time on this website. He says "...lose your belly without ever dieting again." I agree. By changing your mind about food, and changing habits slowly, I truly believe you can lose weight without 'dieting'.
Eat This Not That articles

My favorite of his articles:
20 Habits That Are Making You Fat

Weigh In Tuesday!

Tuesday is my favorite day to weigh in. If you can't weigh-in in the morning, pick a time that works for you and weigh-in at that time each week.

Today's weigh in: 2 lbs lost

Let me know if you weighed in today. (You don't have to post your weight. ;)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Getting Started Losing Weight - I Recommend

Keep
It
Simple
Stupid

Start out slow and build as you gain knowledge. Ultimately it is not my goal to tell you what to do to lose weight, but to tell you what causes weight gain and loss. You'll understand what to do once you understand what works and why.

My suggestions are:
1) Weigh yourself every day. (see Fat Habit #18)
If you want to write it down, knock yourself out. But don't do it as a rule. The less complicated you make this, the more likely you are to stick with it.
Weighing yourself every day makes you more aware of your weight and how what you eat is affecting it. Do this for the fun of it, not as a rule - you know you want to. :)
Keep in mind that a big meal weighs more than a regular meal. After eating one, that weight is going to affect your next morning weigh in. If your bowels are slow, it might affect your weight for more than a day.
If you can't weigh-in in the morning, pick a time that works for you and weigh-in at that time each week.

2) Establish a weigh-in day.
Always record your morning weight. Get up, use the bathroom, weigh in. Write it down!
I suggest Tuesday and here's why: the rest of the days are affected by social variences. Specifically...

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday - you might find that these days you weigh lighter because you tend to eat your best on Tue, Wed and Thu. That weight is a less reasonable one to maintain. It might make you freak out a little when you step on the scales the other days.
Saturday - Friday nights make the scales look bad.
Sunday - Saturday grazing can make the scales look even worse. Friday night might still be affecting you too.
Monday - it's right after weekend eating.

3) Eat as much fruits and veggies as you want
Exeption - starchy veggies (corn, peas, potatoes, avocados - they are still healthy and diet friendly but you don't want to eat them unlimited).
These are a dieters friend. If you've eaten a small meal that ended up not sticking with you, grabbing an apple (conveniently located in the pretty fruit basket on your counter) is a good way to make it to the next meal.
If your fruits have been prepared with sugar they don't count as unlimited. If your veggies have been prepared with fat or flour, consider how the fat and carbs will impact your weight (make it go up) and only the veggie part of that dish should be considered unlimited. At this point, you're limiting the fat and carbs ON the veggie.

4) Portion control
Lean protein, healthy fat and fiber - make them go up, Carbs - make them go down (eat half a roll/cake/pie/etc instead of a whole one). Seriously! (More on why later)

In a nutshell - make friends with your scale, eat fruits and veggies, eat more protein and fiber, and less carbs. That should get you started!

A note about tracking your food:
Keeping track of what you eat is helpful because it makes you more aware of what you're eating. However, this habit might defeat you since it can be a big undertaking. If you can write everything down at this point - AWESOME. But if you find it is defeating you, don't make it a rule. I am choosing not to track, just to prove to myself that I can.

Let me know how you're doing!

About This Blog

I’ve been using Weight Watchers for nearly a year to lose weight. I’ve lost 44 pounds.

I had been on Weight Watchers plan for several months when I started doing the math. I had 85 pounds to lose. Weight Watchers wants you to lose 1-2 pounds a week (which is the best way to lose) and my average was a pound a week. Paying Weight Watchers $40 a month for their materials and meetings meant I would be spending about $850 to lose my weight. I had to ask myself if it was really worth that much money. The answer ultimately was “No. It is not smart, with our level of income, to spend $850 to lose weight.”

I switched to a deal Weight Watchers had that cost $12.95 a month for e-tools. BUT I could only get that rate because I had been a member for over a month. I didn't want to recommend paying a sign up fee and being a member for a month to my friends so they could get that special rate. Times are hard now and really, a lot of people just can’t afford to pay for Weight Watchers.

This has bugged me for quite some time. The meetings really are a big part of the success of Weight Watchers program. Once I stopped going to meetings when I switched to e-tools, it was more difficult to lose weight. I did ok for a few weeks after that but eventually stalled for 6 weeks. Restricting your eating for that long without results takes a toll on your sanity.

I am very motivated though by remembering what it was like when I was at my top weight. I cannot go back to that miserable existence. I did not gain weight in a pretty way. Some of my friends are overweight and they still look good. I gained it all right in the middle and… well let’s just say, the pictures of me at that time are embarrassing to this day.

After being stalled for 5 weeks then gaining the 6th week, I became desperate again because we were approaching the holidays and I knew I would struggle to not gain weight over the next few months and may even end up giving up. My solution was getting books from the library about weight loss.
I skipped the calorie books… I don’t believe in them. Low calorie diets are not only too difficult, but bad for your health too. If you’re counting calories when eating an apple, you’ve got dieting wrong in your head. (That’s my 2 cents worth. I’m not charging for it today.)

During the 8 hr trip to Texas, I read a book called Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly, written by a neurosurgeon. I was ecstatic about what I read. Eating fat apparently makes you stay full… Eating high carbs makes you hungrier… (I will do a summary of this book to give you the idea later.)
Over Thanksgiving I used his theory to keep from eating too much.

I lost 2.6 pounds over Thanksgiving.

Trips are usually difficult for me and I had holiday food tripping me up this time. I was in disbelief!

I now realized that there is more to weight loss then just points and meetings. There is a science to Weight Watchers that you probably don’t understand even after being a member and losing lots of weight. I no longer just do Weight Watchers. I’ve learned a few tricks I used along with their plan.

So, after going over in my mind for weeks how I could possibly help my friends who are smart enough to not pay for Weight Watchers but who really want to lose weight, to lose weight, I came up with a plan. I will diet without Weight Watchers, using what I know about weight loss, without depriving myself and find a way to teach my friends to lose weight without paying an arm and leg or counting calories.

I hope you’ll keep up with this project. Maybe you’ll lose weight too!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Quitting Weight Watchers!

I've decided to quit Weight Watchers and lose weight without spending a lot of money or counting calories so I can help my friends lose weight the same way. I'm excited yet nervous at the same time. I'll explain more in my next post.

Watch for posts to educate yourself on how weight loss really works, behind the science of Weight Watchers plan and more!