My Views on Eating Healthy and Exercising

Eating healthy…losing weight…exercise…the topics we all want to know more about!!! As most of you know I am totally against fad diets. Why? Because they don’t work. Yes, you might loose some weight on whatever diet you choose to do, but can you stick with that for life? Probably not. So that is why I choose to stay away from fad diets. Instead, pick something that you know you can stick with forever and go with that. The weight loss may be slower, but I can guarantee you that it’s a healthier choice to make and you will be able to turn it into a lifestyle.Image result for healthy motivation

Fast weight loss isn’t always the best. Of course it’s what we want (trust me, I would love to drop 20 pounds in a few weeks) but that is an unrealistic goal. What you will need to do to obtain that isn’t feasible for life and is not sustainable.

Being overweight is caused by ones relationship with food. For example: I could eat myself to death and I know that. So with that being said it is so important for me to stay on track eating healthy and exercising so that I don’t fall back into old habits.

The keto diet is ever so popular these days. My take on it: it’s not healthy or realistic. Some people love it though. It is a very very low carb diet. Very restrictive. Your body needs carbs and that how you make energy.

There are healthy carbs and unhealthy carbs. If you eat a serving of whole wheat pasta you’re not going to get fat. Now if you eat 10 donuts, yeah… then you might have a problem! LOL 🙂 Moderation is key! One donut is ok!

So I suggest you focus more on healthy choices and healthy foods and less on the latest fad diet. There is a reason that there are a MILLION diets out there. It’s because the diet industry has to keep coming up with new stuff because people eventually realize that these crazy diets are hard to stick with.

Say you do keto for a month and lose 20 pounds. That is so great, right? But then a month or two later you gain those 20 pounds back plus more.

Then say you try a lifestyle change and loose 10 pounds in a month and keep it off and you are able to stay on track and keep loosing.

Which scenario would you choose? I would go with the second.

Also these fad diets have a yo-yo affect on your body. They  slow your metabolism down and in the end make you feel like a failure. Trust me, before I finally figured it all out I lived this away. I literally did every diet known to man. And I was still fat.

 

So what worked for me? What should you do?

In 2012 I was at my heaviest, weighing in at almost 190 pounds. I was miserable…completely miserable. I decided I needed to make a change. I started weight watchers and instantly fell in love with the program. It’s not a diet but rather a lifestyle change. They focus on eating healthy and having treats in moderation. So I knew this is something I could live on and that is exactly what I needed. Most of you guys know weight watchers is based on a point system. So each food has a point value and you have a daily point allowance. You can eat any foods you want as long as you count your points and stay within your daily allowance, so there are no restrictions. Obviously the bad foods hold a higher points value so you will be able to eat less of those but you aren’t banned from them. That is what I love about this program, you aren’t restricted to anything. Fruits and veggies are also zero points and that makes it so easy. You never feel hungry because you always have those you can snack on if you don’t want to use your daily points.

So many diets will say you can’t eat fruits because they have sugar; are you kidding me? Yes they have sugar but its natural sugar that is healthy for you. Fruits have a ton of vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. A few weeks ago I heard someone compare fruit to ice cream, saying both are poor food choices. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

So choose whatever you know you can stick with. Something that is more of a lifestyle change rather than a diet (like weight watchers) and stick with it. In order to loose weight and keep it off, you are going to have to make a major life change!

You might be wondering if I still occasionally eat some unhealthy foods…yes of course. I am not perfect by any means. LOL! But my trick for staying on track is having a cheat meal once a week, we do it on Saturday and that holds me accountable through the week and it doesn’t make me feel deprived. Some people agree with that and some don’t. For me its required. Do whatever works for you!

As far as exercising, do it because its healthy for you. Yes it will help your weight loss but most importantly its good for your body. So if all your are able to do is walk around the block..DO IT…then next time do a little more. Eventually you will be able to do more and more.

Drink plenty of water. Keep your body hydrated! That’s important!

Be proud of yourself. Take care of your body. And forgive yourself because your bound to make a mistake.

I’m here if you need me. Have questions…ask me. Want to work with me…I would love to help you! Leave a comment below or email me at fromlifewithloveblog@gmail.com

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On the left is before I started my journey, on the right is me currently. 5 years later and that healthy life is paying off because I have been able to keep the weight off and maintain a healthy weight!

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