At the end of last spring, I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life. College can do that to a girl unfortunately. I honestly hadn’t even noticed that I had gained that much weight, but when I got home for the summer I realized something had to be done so that I could feel heathy again. I put myself on a strict healthy eating diet and watched the pounds fall off! Guys losing weight and dieting is SO hard. I have an emotional connection to food, and it is not easy to say no to pizza and burgers with fries. I would much rather eat a huge plate of Panda Express than make a salad. The thing about dieting and losing weight is you have to be disciplined. You HAVE TO say no to those unhealthy choices and make the right decisions about your health. I am the lightest I have been since high school and it is only because I pushed through and stuck to the things that would give me energy and make me feel good about myself.
If there is anything I have learned about being the healthiest you, it is believing in yourself that you CAN look the way you want to look. Here are some of my tips that can help you get on track to being the best you.
- My first piece of advice is one I learned from my momma, she has always told me to drink a glass of water before eating my meals. This is to help fill your stomach up so that you eat less during the time you’re eating! Portion control is one of my struggle areas, and when I do this I absolutely notice a difference! Beyond drinking a glass before you eat, it is also important to drink a lot of water throughout the day, this will curve your hunger AND make the rest of your body more hydrated too!
- Coming off the last tip.. PORTION CONTROL!! Ya’ll this is so so important. I know there were a lot of us growing up that were taught to eat everything on our plate before getting up. Now that isn’t such a bad thing except when you pile your plate high and go for seconds. We are not meant to eat that much in one sitting and if you would just slow down and eat a little slower you would notice you get full faster. Start with just a little bit on your plate and go from there!
- Being in a caloric deficit. Don’t take this as me telling you that you should starve yourself. What i’m telling you is that if your caloric output is greater than your input, YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT. You can track your calories using a ton of different apps, my favorite being myfitnesspal. To an extent it is healthy to track your calories, but if you feel yourself becoming obsessed with it, maybe loosen the reigns a little bit!
I hope this helps at least one of you the way it has helped me! I still have a lot of progress to make, but I can genuinely say I am so happy with the progress I have made! Ya’ll rock, let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with, i’m always here to talk!