3 Eating Habits You Can Change Today for Weight Loss
by Kayla Howard
Guess what I saw this week? After 4 months of dedicated exercise and 2 months of clean eating, I saw a number on the scale that I have not seen since my first child was born 11 years ago. I could not believe my eyes! All that dedication finally paid off in BIGGER ways than I expected!!!
It is so simple, anyone can totally do it. If the girl who loves to bake can do it, so can you! Today I'm going to share my basic clean eating ideas and adjustments that make all the difference when it comes to losing weight.
#1 Add More Lean Protein
When I first started paying attention to what I was eating, I was pretty shocked to realize that I never ate enough protein…especially for someone who exercises quite a bit. No wonder my body wasn’t cooperating with me in shedding pounds and building muscle.
Your body needs protein to build muscles. More muscle helps rev up your metabolism…which in turn, burns more fat. You must feed your body.
At first adding lean protein to my diet was literally like pulling teeth. OH BOY! It was so hard to come up with things to eat! Here are some real life examples of what I actually eat.
- 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt with low fat granola for crunch. (That’s right…plain yogurt)
- Grilled chicken—lots of grilled chicken! (I make it in large quanities and keep it in the fridge.
- Protein Drinks (I’ve tried them MANY—so will write a review SOON!)
- Lean Cheeses (limited quanity for me since I don’t eat a lot of cow milk)
True, my diet has become a little bit more simple now, but I seriously do not miss feeling bloated, puffy and having gas. I feel so much better—it’s totally worth it. I make sure to add the above things to my diet first instead of focusing on what to cut out.
#2 Eat Less Sugar
Goodness, this is painful! I hate that a healthy diet includes eating less sugar, but there you have it. Truth.
It only takes 3-4 days off sugar before the craving passes and your energy actually increases. I think you’ll find it’ worth it. I do still enjoy dark chocolate, and sugary things in small amounts.
#3 Eat Less Often
It’s really common and quite celebrate to eat lots of small meals, but for me personally, that doesn’t work so well. I confess, the book “Mastering Leptin” impacted me a lot to not eat frequently, because it makes so much sense. However, I wasn’t prepared for my life long battle with low blood sugar to be eliminated by eating LESS often. No kidding.
Now, I do think this quite likely varies from person to person, but for me personally, eating no more often than every 3 hours (sometimes 4) works beautifully for my metabolisim. This allows me to fully digest my food and seems to work better for my stomach and digestive track. PLUS, as I already stated, it actually helped me balance my blood sugar.
All this said, I believe the single most important piece of learning to eat clean is to find a purpose in life that you LIVE for fully everyday. If we are bored, depressed, or wandering, we'll be more likely to turn to comfort foods. Find something that you need to be doing and pour yourself into it. Food will become fuel instead of an idol.
I know you can do it!