So here it is: my diet update with tips, tricks and some motivation. It’s been a few week since I last posted something about my diet. Now 10 kilo’s lighter, I’m ready to give you a full update. This is a post for everyone who’s struggling with their weight, body image or anybody who finally wants to lose that extra 5 kilo’s.
I’m not going to lie: losing weight is a struggle. It doesn’t matter how much fat you want to lose, it’s all about changing your habits. And old habits die hard, right? Personally, I always struggled with my body and how I look. I was always complaining about my weight. But no matter how hard I complained, I didn’t change anything about my lifestyle. I just kept eating anything I liked: fries, chips and chocolate were my favorite cheats and don’t get me started on the amounts of pasta I ate. Yes, off course I made some ‘healthy’ decisions over time: I quit smoking, I didn’t drink any soft drinks and when I made myself a bowl of pasta, I made sure I made whole grain pasta. And yes, I lost some weight but I still ate too much sugar. I wasn’t addicted to smoking anymore, but I sure as hell was addicted to sugar.
Sugar is bad for you. It makes you lazy, it’s bad for your skin and once you eat something with high amounts of sugar, you only want more. I noticed this when I first started my protein diet. I already explained that I decided to do this diet because I wanted to lose a lot of weight fast. The goal of a protein diet is to reset your body. That’s why sugar is absolutely verboten in the first weeks of the diet. My experiences were positive: no sugar meant more energy. It’s such a misinterpretation that sugar provides energy.
As I said before: a protein diet resets your body. In the first few weeks your body goes into a state of ketosis. This means that you lose fat, no muscles! Why is this important? The more muscles you have the more your body will burn sugar and fat. With most crash diets, you will lose weight, but most likely you will lose some muscle too, and that’s something you really want to avoid.
Old habits die hard so I came up with some little tricks that can help you to live a healthier and fitter lifestyle.
• The checklist
I love making lists. I make to-do lists, shopping list, wish lists,… You get the point. Putting some structure in your life is a must. Or maybe I’m just another case of OCD. Who knows. But before you start a diet, I recommend you to make a list of all the things that would improve if you would lose some weight.
This is my list:
– Feeling good about myself and the body I live in
– Having a healthy lifestyle to improve the quality of my life
– Gain more confidence
– It’s a cliché but I can finally pull off wearing a bikini or a bodycon dress
• The basics
If you’re not living a healthy life, these basics may improve your lifestyle more than you think. I call them the basics because that’s what every dietitian will tell you when you want to lose weight.
Drink water! Lots of water. Why? There are a lot of reasons why you should. Drinking water promotes weight loss, it improves your skin complexion, it increases energy,… You have no excuses for not drinking enough water.
Be more active! Being more active means that you’ll burn more calories. If you want to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you take in. Make a longer walk with your dog, take the stairs or go dancing!
Eat five or six small meals a day! Eating small meals is better than three big meals. Why? You’ll eat less.
Make a diet journal! This really helps you to get a better look at how many calories you eat a day. A lot of people aren’t conscious about the amount of food they eat. Don’t obsess about this journal though. Just keep a journal for a week and make a balance: keep the things that are healthy and low calorie, and lose some of the items with high sugar levels.
Take it easy! Take little steps. If you take one step at a time, it’s more likely that you’ll change your habits. If you’re too hard on yourself, you’re doomed to fail.
• The emergency snack pack!
This is a great tip. Make sure you always have something healthy with you to eat. This can me a healthy biscuit, fruit or vegetables. I always carry some carrots with me. How to use it? This snack pack is for the moments you feel like eating something due to stress at work or something that happened in your personal life. I’m an emotional eater so I know what ‘m talking about. And this works for me. If you prepare this snack pack every evening, you will save money and you change your bad habits. It’s a winner.
• Eat on a blue plate!
Blue is an appetite suppressant. So if you have a blue plate at home? Use it. Another tip: eat on a small plate. You’ll eat less because you trick your mind into believing that you ate a full plate.
Please note: I’m encouraging a healthy lifestyle! Eating nothing at all is a very bad idea, and it will make you look sick. Please be realistic on your goals. If you’re struggling with your weight, I suggest you talk about it with your doctor. That’s what I did, and he helped me. Changing your lifestyle is a progress, don’t be so hard on yourself.