My younger sister and I were sharing a town home at the time when she begged me to do Atkins with her, so she’d be more likely to stay on track. Up to that point, I had never gone on a diet or made any attempt to lose the weight. I found a forum specifically for low-carbers and, if memory serves me correctly, I basically whined about the diet in my first post.
I can’t remember their username, but someone chimed in fairly quickly with this golden nugget of advice: “Learn to cook“. The more you make your own food and the more comfortable you get cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, the better you’ll do on this.’ Up to that point, I largely relied on convenience foods, and you know what? That was the best advice I ever got. I bought , more kitchen utensils and cooking gear, and learned how to cook for myself. It helped me to shed 90 pounds in a little over a year, got me to, shockingly, save money, and it’s a skill that’s made maintaining my weight easier, even when I’m trying out other nutritional schools of thought. And the stuff I make in my own kitchen tastes worlds better than the meals and snacks that were my faves as a former fat chick.
Say no to junk
My coach at the time told me to completely eliminate all processed foods, including dairy. I also eliminated all trigger foods — foods you eat for fun, not hunger. I only ate nutrient dense, whole foods. It was the first time I saw the magic and power of food, and how efficiently it can serve your body. In just three weeks, I watched my body transform and it created the foundation for my Fit To Feast 21-day palate reset, which I now offer to my clients.
The best advice I’ve ever received for weight loss is you must have a positive relationship with food, and enjoy eating those foods if you want your weight loss to be successful. I think people believe that if they want to lose weight, food has to be bad tasting and not satisfying. Healthy weight loss will only be successful and maintained if the foods you eat are enjoyable and fulfill your appetite.
It doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be, this miserable, daunting task where you’re starving or think food is the enemy or a foreign substance you have to stay away from. Getting your weight to a place where your health is at its best should be a rewarding experience if your relationship with food is where it needs to be. Eating healthy foods that you look forward to, eating until you’re satisfied, and always looking at food as something that is helping you will be your best approach to losing weight, and enjoying it while you do.
Hit the weight room
The best advice I ever received is that lifting weights helps you to lose weight. I lost eight stone [112 pounds] in a year from running on a treadmill, but it was only when I started lifting weights that I actually began to love my body. The more muscles you have, the more fat your body will burn, even while resting. Plus the muscle makes your skin look defined and toned, so you look leaner. Clients always admit to overworking themselves with cardio, but don’t lift a single weight and then they complain that they don’t have a toned physique. It’s simple — mix small amounts of cardio with strength moves, and you’ll see a transformation in no time.