I’m ready. I’m ready to start taking care of me. Lately, I’ve been chomping down on Halloween candy, pizza and other junk food. Oh my gosh, it tastes OH so good, but afterwards, I feel so miserable and ashamed…especially since I’ve been working out like a fool! Personal trainer and all!
I know what I need to do. I realize that I’m not going to get anywhere without good eating habits. So how can I improve my health and accelerate weight loss? Well, here are my goals, my plan and I’ve already started a few of these.
1. Keep exercising
An increase in activity of as little as 20 minutes 3 times a week can make a difference in your risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. You don’t have to get fancy with a gym membership. Try taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, or park further from the entrance when you go to the market or mall.
2. Eat Smaller portions
You may not want to give up your junk food or fried food, but try to limit your portions. Instead of buying a six pack of soda, buy a two liter bottle. You can better control the portions along with your intake of calories.
3. Drink more water
The average person should be drinking 1 ounce per kilogram of his/her weight in water per day. (1 lb = 2.2kg). Studies have shown that people eat more when they are dehydrated because the signals in the body can confuse hunger with thirst. If you are hungry, try drinking an 8-12 oz glass of water before you decide to eat that snack.
4. Avoid salt
The average American diet consists too much salt. Salt is found in everything from canned foods to frozen foods. Not only does salt make your body retain water, it also dulls your sense of taste when it comes to sugar. As a challenge, decrease the amount of salt you eat for about 1 week, then drink a non-diet soft drink. Not only will you lose about 3- 5 lbs of water weight, but you will see that the soda is incredibly sweet. In addition, try to use sea salt.
5. Avoid high fructose corn syrup
Studies have shown that most products in this country are made with high fructose corn syrup that is contaminated with mercury (a known neurotoxin). Instead try to choose foods made with cane sugar. When you drink soft drinks that are made with sugar you will be less likely to crave salt and be able to stop with one soda because there is no ‘sugar high’ that leads to the craving that makes you want to have more.
6. Try the Jenny Craig Lifestyle
I have never tried any sort of weight loss program like this, but I have given the Jenny Craig lifestyle a whirl and so far, so good. I have started with the Jenny Craig starter kit and you can get one at your local Walmart!
The starter kit is exclusive to Walmart in participating stores and can be found in the diet/weight loss aisle.
Here’s what you get in the kit: A free initial personal one-on-one consultation at any Jenny Craig center or Jenny Craig Anywhere; Special $50 food savings when you join a Jenny Craig center AND a Great tasting meal pack that includes a variety of 23 meals and snacks. For more information, check out Jenny Craig at Walmart.
Disclosure: I was provided a free Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own.