Most people want to lose weight. There are Countries where this is not true but in a large part of the world, we are too heavy. While body fat percentage is the true measure of how fat we are, we love to see that number on the scale go down.
Go to the Calorie Counter Pro on the Home Page of this blog and enter your information and you will be given the number of calories that you should eat to lose either 1 or 2 pounds per week or to maintain your weight or to gain. Once you have this information, use it. If that was easy for everyone, few would be overweight. Overeating is associated with cravings and most, or all, cravings are caused by eating sugar. If you have trouble believing that, stop eating it for a week and watch your cravings begin to disappear.
Once you have decided to commit to your calorie budget, look ahead and plan your meals. If you know that there are saboteurs at work, go prepared with good food that you like and plenty of healthy snacks. Don’t allow yourself to be hungry for more than a few minutes. If you do, you will feel justified to eat whatever you find.
Don’t take sugar or any other “trigger foods” into your periphery. Don’t lie to yourself and say that those cookies are “for the kids”. They don’t need them either. Instead, make sure that you have food that you really enjoy, maybe something that you won’t always buy for yourself. Go ahead, if it’s a healthy food, buy it. No matter what it costs, it’s cheaper than health care to “fix” problems caused by a bad diet. I spring for watermelon in the Winter sometimes to fulfill my carbohydrate requirement. It’s expensive and I love it. I feel good when I eat it, in no way deprived. It’s sweet but doesn’t cause cravings like cookies and other sugar laden desserts.
I prefer David’s Way of eating because it works and I have plenty to eat. I have absolutely no cravings and never feel deprived. I am at a good body fat percentage and have energy to spare. I work a high stress, full time job and have domestic responsibilities that most people my age don’t have. I am 62 and I am a power lifter. A year ago, I could only squat 35#, to my dismay. Now I can squat 125#. I can deadlift 145#. Yes, I know, it’s not cool to tell your numbers, but I really don’t care. The truth is that David’s Way is making me strong and healthy and I want to tell the world. My goal is to squat 210#.
With your doctor’s permission, get active. Find an activity that you enjoy and do it religiously. You can never out-exercise a bad diet, but exercise will tone your body and give you a more positive mental state. A good mental state is beneficial to weight loss. You won’t be trying to self medicate your depression with food if you don’t feel depressed. There are circumstances where exercise is simply not enough to alleviate depression but talk to your doctor and you will most likely discover that even in those cases, exercise will most likely help the medication do it’s job if you need medicine.
Search for ways to decrease the stress in your life. If you have less stress, you will have more energy to devote to being healthy. Don’t waste precious time and energy focusing on negative things that you have the ability to remove from your life.
The most important part of weight management is perseverance. Don’t quit. You will have good days and bad days. You will do your program perfectly sometimes and go way off track others. Over time, if you don’t quit, your program will become your normal and then you have a new, healthy lifestyle. Lifestyle is your victory. Once it becomes a lifestyle, the anxiety and pressure to see that scale plummet lessens because you know that you will reach your goal.
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