Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Food bite!

One of the many changes people wish to make in the New Year is in their eathing habits.  I've climbed on that wagon so many times in the past - I lost count.  I had lost some weight in 2008 with the help of Weight Watchers.  I stayed fairly focused until spring 2009 and then allowed stress to take control. 

However in October 2010, I really began to work hard to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Hopefully, you've already come to the realization that their is no magic pill.  Unfortunately, there are lots of fad diets, pills, and other techniques claiming to be the best way to lose weight.  I imagine most of them can help you lose weight, but as soon as you stop the program, pill, or technique - it's highly likely you will gain the weight back.

Here are a few tips that have helped me over the past 15 months... 

  1. Surround yourself with people who will support you.   Personally, I think this is one of the strengths of the Weight Watchers program.   Whether you do the program online or by going to meetings, you can find other people who will help encourage and guide you.   I'm extremely fortunate to have  strong support from my family.
  2. Measuring cups & spoons and a food scale are your friend.   Think of it like this -- it is hard to keep track of a checkbook in your head  & it's hard to eyeball food measurements too!   I use my measuring cups and spoons every single day.   For Christmas, I got a food scale  & I love it!  The food scale is very easy to use and a minimal investment for your journey.
  3. Stock your fridge with good food & you will eat good food.   I'm the primary grocery shopper in our household, so I have fairly good control of what comes in the house.  I avoid buying "junk".   Stock up on fruits and veggies.  Try new things - once I discovered hummus, I wondered where it had been all my life.  :)   The photo above is a great idea for stocking a snack container in your fridge.
  4. Try new recipes!  There are lots of great websites to get ideas for low-calorie cooking -- here are some of my favorites...
  5. If it's not working for you, don't quit - RE-EVALUATE!   When Weight Watchers changed their program last year,  I struggled for quite a few months - yo-yoing.  I don't know if it was the new plan or just my body.  In late October, I cancelled Weight Watchers and switched over to My Fitness Pal.  I'm still able to log all my food & exercise online.  For now, this seems to be working much better for me (and it's FREE!).
Later, this week - I'll share some healthy meal ideas!
What is the key to winning the war on food for you?

1 comment:

Ann said...

I am totally bookmarking those healthy recipe sites!! Great links!!