Part of my motivation for losing weight was that I was tired of feeling tired all the time. Also, I was sick and tired of my clothes fitting me tight. You know, the belly roll going over the belt and those love handles!
I had to poke holes in my belt to lengthen it to keep my pants on! Pretty pathetic, but true! I am sure it’s not so uncommon some guys have to do this instead of buying bigger belts every month.
Yet, when I saw the pounds coming off the first week, I got motivated. But, I slipped and fell off the weight loss wagon along the way. When I didn’t eat enough fiber filled foods, I got hungry and started eating things like too much sourdough bread, chips and tortillas.
These are sorely lacking in fiber and loaded with refined carbs. They are the exact carbs that will put the pounds on your waistline when you eat too much of them!
Not the kind of carbs we want. What will help us lose weight is fiber filled real food like beans and brown rice. Whole foods, unrefined and with plenty of fiber like these is key to weight loss, better health and longer life.
Slow and sure is the healthiest way to lose weight and keep it off…
When you get hunger pangs, you need to eat foods that ‘stick to your ribs’. This is why I eat potatoes, beans and rice in addition to raw and cooked fruits and vegetables.
We need to feel full after eating or we will be tempted to snack on junk food between meals. There’s nothing like starchy whole food that satisfies the appetite. Instead of eating refined starches, you want to eat more of satiating and satisfying resistant starch foods.
As I found my motivation for weight loss, you need to find yours, too. Therefore, it would be a good idea to know the reasons why you want to lose weight in the first place.
Knowing why will remind you to not give up so easy when you are tempted to fall to temptation by eating super high calorie health destroying fast food pizza, burgers and fries, etc.
Also, know how much you want to lose. Is it 5, 10, 20 pounds or more, like me? And, in how short a period of time? You will have a goal to shoot for. Goals are like a destination. If you don’t know where you are going, you will never arrive.
It took me almost a year to lose 50 lbs.. You could lose even more than I or possibly less. It depends upon your metabolism, physical activity level and what things you eat. Everyone’s body operates differently.
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.