How I lost weight
It seems that talking about a person's weight turned into a taboo subject as it always ends up in a 'body shaming' topic. It seems everyone likes to point how the others are worse looking ... but they forget to look into their conscience mirror to see how ugly their thinking is.
I'm not here to promote any secret magical diet given to me by Fairies. Sorry :( It's not because I don't want to share, but because I have yet to meet said Fairies. I also don't want to tell you "You absolutely MUST lose weight" because in the end, it is your life and your body and you have the right to control them as you think it's fit.
That being said, in a much earlier post I promised I would tell you more about how I managed to lose some weight. I never got around to do it.. until now.
Why did you want to lose weight?
The reasons for which I wanted to lose weight are simple: I couldn't fit into my pants anymore and I didn't want to go shopping for others as I really liked what I owned. I always bought larger shirts, so that wasn't an issue. Just my pants.
So, what did you do to lose weight?
Let's make a few things clear, shall we?
1. I dislike working out - especially running or jogging.
2. I'm trying hard to use my common sense.
3. My common sense tells me that most "losing weight diets" don't give long lasting results.
The first thing I did was analyzing my diet AKA what was I eating and when. I discovered:
1. I would eat the most in the evening and then I would go to sleep.
2. I also found out I was eating a lot of bread and not enough fruits and vegetables.
3. My eating pattern wasn't 'regular' - I never ate at the same hours.
When I realized a few of the things I was 'doing wrong,' I decided it was time to change all that. I never tried to follow this or that "losing weight recipe," but I did try to see a common pattern in them and follow that instead.
I cut down on bread to the point of not eating any at all with any of my meals. I was left still hungry at first. Then, an idea occurred to me: what if I ate SLOWER by chewing my food more? and what if I drank more water?
This actually worked! I would chew more, and therefore I got the impression I was fuller! There is science behind this, so feel free to go search it yourself to convince yourself. I also started to eat more vegetables and white meat [just chicken, though I like fish too].
Not eating in the evening was the most difficult part though. I went and drank water every time I felt hungry. I started hating the water :( However, in the end, not eating in the evening started to feel OK, even normal...?
Another change I made was paying attention to how much I ate, AKA the size of my portions. Eating smaller portions means less ingested calories as well.
Did these changes do anything?
You mean, if I saw any positive results? Yes, I did. Or I wouldn't have written this.
I do have to mention the results weren't fast, like say in 1 week, but maybe more like a month? One month is the earliest I started to see a difference.
You should know that this "common sense diet" is actually a change in lifestyle. It doesn't make one obsessed with counting calories, though doing that would help in faster results. I wouldn't recommend it though. This "diet" doesn't force one say "oh, I can't have cake because I'm dieting," because you can eat anything you want, just not too much.
Do you have any further tips?
Well, if you insist, the last piece of advice I have for you is to look for those diets doctors insist diabetic people follow. They are specially designed to keep diabetes and weight in check, and why wouldn't they help other people as well?
If you like working out, you will also see faster results and your body will tone up as well.
I hope you find some of these tips helpful.
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