Let’s face it: losing weight is not easy. Yet those who have lost weight find that it is not that difficult after all! All that’s required is commitment to a cause (yours!). Learn from my weight loss journey which I want to share with you, so that you can apply the same methods.
Decide how much weight has to be lost
To begin with, you should calculate your BMI (body mass index) to find out what your ideal weight should be. Now you know the amount of weight that you have to lose. By my calculations I had to lose twenty two pounds.
Some people say that if you are healthy and comfortable in your own skin then weight is only a number. But they should know that reaching your ideal body weight is primordial to avoid future health complications like diabetes, hypertension,etc.
Assess what is being eaten
First, you can have a look at the USDA dietary guidelines to have an idea of what a balanced diet is. Then, write down what you have been eating at each meal over the past five days. This will give you an idea of your own lifestyle, and what changes need to be made.
Identify whether you are the kind of person who has sit down meals or eats on the go. This has a huge bearing on whether you will be successful at preparing and eating low calorie meals. If all you can eat is at delis and fast food joints then you need a long overhaul. Commitment to eating healthy becomes easier if one prepares the food at home.
Make the meals nutritious and tasty
- Breakfast can be three tablespoons of oats cooked in water. Add orange zest, few raisins or any dried fruit, a few almonds and half cup of skimmed milk or soya milk. If you don’t like oats make your own muesli. Or eat two slices of whole wheat or multi grain bread.
- Have a mid morning break with a fruit.
- Lunch can be a judicious mix of cooked carbohydrates, lentils, millet, or quinoa. Look up interesting recipes from the net. Keep the portions small and avoid white refined flours. Accompany this with a whole lot of fresh salad without the oil dressing.
- Sip green tea either cold or hot throughout the day if you feel hungry.
- Coffee is allowed too. Caffeine is a natural metabolism booster.
- Dinner can be baked fish, or a steak of chicken. If you like seasonings, marinate the fish and chicken with pepper powder, crushed garlic and an all in one sauce. Marinate over the weekend and store in the freezer, for the week. Eat this with wok fry or steamed mix of carrots, beans, potatoes, and capsicum, tossed with salt, pepper, and herbs.
Supplements can help
There are a whole lot of weight loss advertisements promoting all kinds of products. After going through a number of diet supplement reviews I decided to try out Phen375 and took it for three months along with my modified diet. Why I chose this supplement over others was because the manufacturer did not make any tall claims of miraculous weight loss. They stressed that there are no short cuts. Unless changes to diet and lifestyle accompanied popping these pills, weight loss would be marginal. Phen375 ingredients are safe and I did not have any Phen375 side effects. In fact I felt more energetic.
At the end of three months I lost twenty pounds. I did lose some amount of excess body fat from my hips and midsection, and am definitely looking more toned. I decided to take a break from the Phen375 fat burner pills for a month but continued with the diet. Actually I was so caught up with my office deadlines that I forgot to order Phen375 supplies. But now I am back taking the pills twice a day before meals. I plan to continue for another three months and then sustain the weight I reach.
I am quite an active person and manage walking for at least half hour every day. I believe that with discipline in eating and exercising, plus the support from a supplement like Phen375, then weight loss is not a struggle anymore.