February 04, 2013

Weight Update: My Top 5 Tips for Losing Weight

I am amazed at how different I look compared to this time last year. I saw a photo yesterday that made me realise how much my face has changed, and I've also noticed a huge difference in my arms. 

Several people have asked me recently how I have lost weight, and so I thought I'd write out those tips that I told them to share with you:


At 123lbs.

1. Portion size is everything - Smaller portions are key to losing weight. It doesn't mean that you only eat two baby carrots and a quarter of a chicken breast, but it does mean that you shouldn't be putting that third scoop of potatoes on your plate.

2. Focus on vegetables, protein and fruit (in that order) - Veggies have the least amount of calories, and fill you up really well -- protein and fruit fill you up too, but with a few more calories. We've been told to eat our vegetables our entire lives, so now it's times to eat up.

3. Don't go back for seconds - As hard as this may sound, this is one of the big keys to my weight loss. As good as that burger tasted, as much as you loved that red velvet cake, and as much as you want more rice, don't go back for seconds. This tip is linked to the first point about portion size. You might as well have taken that third scoop of potatoes.

4. Get rid of the soda - I remember a few years ago when my doctor told me that if I ever wanted to lose a little bit of weight, I should cut out the soda and I would lose 5lbs almost instantly. She was right. I lost 8lbs in my first two weeks of trying to lose weight.

5. Exercise and sleep, sleep, sleep - I didn't do a hard core work out every day. The changes in my diet did do a lot for me, but my job keeps me moving and on my feet, and I go for a run every weekend to train for 5K runs. I also go to bed around 10:00-10:30pm every night. Mama needs her sleep. I have since started doing some exercises to tone my muscles, and I've noticed a difference in my weight and definition since then.



Have you lost weight recently? What are some of your tips for weight loss?




*Remember, I am not an expert on nutrition, nor am I a trainer, but these 5 tips are what helped me lose weight. If you are looking to lose weight, do your research and get some ideas from the experts. It's not going to happen unless you try.




2 comments:

  1. I LOVED this post! I have recently lost a little bit of weight (but still have ALOT to go!). I use the my fitness pal program and app to help me count my calories, keep track of my food, water intake and exercises. I also curb my hunger and wanting to snack with drinking a cup of hot green tea (0 calories!). You can view my progress and food diary profile at www.myfitnesspal.com/nicolejs1983. Congrats on losing the weight, girl. You look awesome! - Nicole from insidethemindofnicole.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Nicole! I've been watching your progress over on your blog. You've been doing an amazing job! If I was hungry, I would usually have a small snack of an apple, or some raspberries. Not too many calories, and it made my tummy feel better :)

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