My story began when I was 12 years old. I was a very overweight child who had always wanted to be able to lose weight and be as thin as my other siblings. I weighed in around 180 lbs at that age, and knew something needed to change. From then on out I decided to change my eating habits. I am going to provide you with some of my secrets for losing over 40 pounds in the last ten years.
Holidays are the hardest times to diet. During Halloween there are tons of treats that your children bring home or that you bring home yourself. Many of them are the sweets you crave after a long day of work or feel like you deserve for being so good on your diet that week. Around winter, there are many great Holidays that provide cookies, cakes, and other yummy decadent treats. How did I avoid these temptations when I was losing those 40 pounds?
Here are my secrets:
• Any candies, cookies, or other freezable treats, stick them in the freezer and only bring out a few at a time. This trick is used for portion control and helping to avoid overeating. Have you ever tried to sink your teeth into a frozen candy bar? I sure have and it was not pleasant. Please thaw in the refrigerator.
• Visualize what all those treats and sweets are doing to your body. Even if it’s not necessarily true, visualize that it’s causing wrinkles, cancer, anything you don’t want to happen in the future. This was my biggest key to losing weight.
• Make healthy, yummy snacks. Use foods that you love and rarely get to eat. Think avocados, apples, pomegranates, nuts, yogurt, etc. The list is limitless. Figure out what your healthy treats are. For me, it’s apples with natural peanut butter and honey. You could also try broccoli and hummus if you really like your greens (and want a good immune boost, too!), almonds and yogurt, or even dark chocolate sprinkled in Greek yogurt (another one of my favorites).
• Do not bring the unhealthy treats in. This may be hard at first, but try to get rid of all the unhealthy treats that Sonus Complete tempt you and avoid bringing new ones into your house. The temptation to eat these foods will be much lower if you do this because it is out of sight.
• Eat small meals to keep yourself full. Include protein, fiber, and good for you vitamins and antioxidants to every meal. It will not only help with losing weight, but it will also keep you healthy and satisfied. This will hopefully stave off cravings for those unhealthy treats.
• Give any treats that tempt you to someone else. I still live at home with all my siblings (all of whom are in their twenties), so when I receive some treats that I know I cannot avoid, I just give them to one of my three siblings. They are then out of sight, out of mind (for the most part).
• Look for an accountability group or other weight loss support group. Having other people that are going through similar things as you will help you feel like you are not the only one going through this alone. They will also be there for you when you had a bad day of eating or when you are struggling with avoiding those treats