The 3 Week Diet

4 Key Steps to Healthy Weight Loss

Losing weight will never cease to be among the most popular topics for discussion on and off line.

I’ve never been the person to lament over not looking like a model, but I have to admit that there were a few periods in my life when weight gain considerably contributed to my reserved behavior and lack of confidence. I’m not proud to say that one of these periods came right after my second child delivery, when it’s only natural to still have some unwanted fat. Well, in my case it was a lot of unwanted fat and I was miserable because of it.

I spent some time reading articles about healthy weight loss, preparing myself to dive right into it when I stopped breastfeeding.

flabby tummyMy biggest challenge was 1) portion control. I succeeded in limiting my portions when I learned to eat more slowly. I saw a video where a nutritionist talked about how important it was to slowly chew each piece of food instead of quickly swallowing it. I started counting how much time I chewed, aiming at 20 chews a piece, and without realizing, I made it a habit of eating slowly. That way I considerably lowered the quantity of food I was intaking.

My second to biggest challenge was 2) avoiding sugars. I have quite a sweet tooth, and limiting my intake of chocolates was the worst punishment. Still, I managed to do it, and I also made a few more changes in my nutrition. I 3) stopped eating after eight, and the only snacks I have between meals are 4) fruits (usually an apple or an orange) or salads without any dressing.

I’m past that phase when I craved unhealthy food, but now I’m preoccupied with another problem. Having two kids and a full-time job leaves me very little time for cooking and making healthy choices. That is why I started collecting and writing down every fast and healthy recipe I find interesting. I also took up to freezing food on weekends, freezing leftovers and everything I think will get spoiled if I don’t use it fast. That way I can always defrost a meal or ingredients for a quick meal, when I don’t have time to start from scratch.

When you are making an effort to eat as healthy as possible, combining portion control with not eating too much sugar, not eating after eight, and replacing junk snacks with fruits and salads, you can’t be unhappy with the results.

If you’re also in a position to spend some time exercising, that would be great for your overall well being, including a better mood. If you don’t have time to exercise for an hour every day, you can introduce walking to a grocery store every morning, or light 10 minute  exercises for your lower back in the evening. Any exercise is better than nothing, and I’m sure your body will agree.

r cease to be among the most popular topics for discussion on and off line.

I’ve never been the person to lament over not looking like a model, but I have to admit that there were a few periods in my life when weight gain considerably contributed to my reserved behavior and lack of confidence. I’m not proud to say that one of these periods came right after my second child delivery, when it’s only natural to still have some unwanted fat. Well, in my case it was a lot of unwanted fat and I was miserable because of it.

I spent some time reading articles about healthy weight loss, preparing myself to dive right into it when I stopped breastfeeding.

flabby tummyMy biggest challenge was 1) portion control. I succeeded in limiting my portions when I learned to eat more slowly. I saw a video where a nutritionist talked about how important it was to slowly chew each piece of food instead of quickly swallowing it. I started counting how much time I chewed, aiming at 20 chews a piece, and without realizing, I made it a habit of eating slowly. That way I considerably lowered the quantity of food I was intaking.

My second to biggest challenge was 2) avoiding sugars. I have quite a sweet tooth, and limiting my intake of chocolates was the worst punishment. Still, I managed to do it, and I also made a few more changes in my nutrition. I 3) stopped eating after eight, and the only snacks I have between meals are 4) fruits (usually an apple or an orange) or salads without any dressing.

I’m past that phase when I craved unhealthy food, but now I’m preoccupied with another problem. Having two kids and a full-time job leaves me very little time for cooking and making healthy choices. That is why I started collecting and writing down every fast and healthy recipe I find interesting. I also took up to freezing food on weekends, freezing leftovers and everything I think will get spoiled if I don’t use it fast. That way I can always defrost a meal or ingredients for a quick meal, when I don’t have time to start from scratch.

When you are making an effort to eat as healthy as possible, combining portion control with not eating too much sugar, not eating after eight, and replacing junk snacks with fruits and salads, you can’t be unhappy with the results.

If you’re also in a position to spend some time exercising, that would be great for your overall well being, including a better mood. If you don’t have time to exercise for an hour every day, you can introduce walking to a grocery store every morning, or light 10 minute  exercises for your lower back in the evening. Any exercise is better than nothing, and I’m sure your body will agree.

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