Learning As I Go: More Tips on Losing Weight

It’s been a few weeks since I successfully finished my DietBet and am pretty happy to say I’m only two pounds over that, given the break I’ve been on. I haven’t gone too overboard and this isn’t a hiatus, which is what I normally do after a strict routine.

I’ve made the very hard decision to cancel my Weight Watchers subscription. I love Weight Watchers and stand by them 100 percent. But it was a $19 fee coming out each month that I was basically keeping as a security blanket. I know what to do.

We had a seminar at work called “Lose 20 in 30” that a coworker and I went to just to see how much of a joke it was. We all know it’s extremely unhealthy for most people to lose that much weight in a month.

However, it was a catchy title for a really interesting discussion. Not all of it I agreed with, but for the most part, it was a great talk about being healthy and what you really need to do.

The speaker pointed out for anyone that wants to lose weight, your diet simply needs to be the following:

  • Lean meats (or alternatives)
  • Nuts
  • Vegetables
  • Little fruit (at least the first month because of all the sugar)

I think there was a fifth, but you catch my drift. He also really focused on how everything unnatural they are putting in food these days can really screw up our head when it comes to losing weight. It was almost like an overload in a way to your brain and he explained why it’s better to try to eat natural foods. Yeah, it’s more expensive. But the medical costs in the future will be even more…so I guess we need to take our pick.

He also explained that our bodies have two modes: Fat burning mode and sugar burning mode. Our bodies burn sugar before they burn fat, which explains why we can’t just eat junk and expect to burn fat off in a workout. Your body burns the junk before it even gets to the fat. Interesting.

Then when it came to workouts, he said we don’t have to run marathons and spend hours at the gym, but even just a very intense workout for 20 minutes is all it takes. But it isn’t a walk on the treadmill or a few things here and there for 20 minutes–it’s a full on, dripping sweat, exhausting work out. Work out means you have to work, which most of us don’t want to do these days…myself included.

This seminar was kind of what lead me to the decision to cut off Weight Watchers and just try to eat off this list. Less carbs. More protein. But I wanted to find recipes that were actually good because I can’t just eat these things plain. I need them to taste like good food. I think that’s the only way I’m ever going to be able to truly live a healthier lifestyle, and I know with Weight Watchers I probably let myself eat a lot of sugars and carbs because it was in my points. I’m just going to try without it and see where that gets me. I hope it’s not a mistake but I think I need to mix things up.

If you’re looking for ideas, here are a couple of my Pinterest board with healthy foods to see some ideas and recipe swaps:

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