Lose Weight by Eating Constantly Part One

Dafeenah By Dafeenah, 22nd Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/i17tto_4/
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How I lost 100 lbs and improved the quality of my health drastically. An easy to follow diet and exercise regime that will help you to lose weight and improve the quality of your health.

Motivation

I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. Even as a child, I was on the chubby side. Food was my comfort. I ate when I was sad, happy, nervous, or just plain bored. I also ate out frequently. I worked two jobs and used it as an excuse. I told myself I didn't have time or money to cook "healthy" food. I would order lettuce on my double cheeseburger and convince myself that was my "vegetable" for the meal.

It was only a matter of time before my body turned against me. When I was in my early 20's, I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. My doctor told me if I didn't start eating healthy and lose weight, then within a few years I would most likely have to start taking daily insulin injections. Even though I was overweight, I was relatively healthy. Any health problems I had were being caused by the weight. The doctor said if I lost weight, then any current health problems as well as future health problems could be managed or possibly disappear altogether. That is when I set about finding a way to diet without being hungry or breaking a sweat.

Eating More Instead of Less

My doctor sent me to a nutritionist who explained what foods were "good" and what foods were "bad". She didn't focus on cutting foods out of my diet, but on how to incorporate them in a more healthy way. She also told me the more I ate in a day the more weight I would lose. This was a diet I could follow.

Substituting the Good for the Bad

I learned how to read labels. I also realized that I didn't have to always choose the "healthy" alternative. For example, salad dressings. I despise low fat salad dressings so I bought the regular version. Instead of drowing the salad I learned to measure out a smaller portion of the dressing. Being healthy isn't about being bland or always choosing "low fat".

It is about moderation and learning how and when to incorporate those "full fat" choices into your day. If I had been forced to eat the low fat dressing, then I have no doubt I would quickly gone back to my bad eating habits, but by allowing myself this one little "cheat" I didn't feel deprived and was able to stay on track with my diet.

Cravings

For the first few days, I had cravings all of the time. The nutritionist said that was normal. My body had been use to getting its nutrients from "carbs" and now it wasn't getting as many so it felt "starved" even though it wasn't. She said it would take my body a few days to realize the "proteins" were its new source of food.

The nutritionist was right. By the second week, I was barely having any cravings at all and I had already begun to lose weight. It wasn't much, but it was definitely motivating to see that I could eat and lose weight. I didn't have to have a shake for breakfast or lunch. I was still eating many of the same foods as I did before just in a more "healthy" way. I ate three meals a day plus 3 snacks. I quickly began to realize whatever "hunger" I felt was more in my head than my stomach.

I was very grateful that my doctor had refered me to this nutritionist. She taught me about lifestyle changes that I could maintain over the long term instead of just the instant gratification of quick loss that would come back the minute I ate "real food".

Part Two Meal Planning & Preparation

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author avatar Jonathan
22nd Mar 2011 (#)

Haha, I like the headline; lose weight by eating constantly..
Sounds great! Interesting article!

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author avatar Blossom S
23rd Mar 2011 (#)

I think motivation is most important fo me. LOL

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author avatar Songbird B
23rd Mar 2011 (#)

Great article and snappy title! Thank you for sharing this Dafeenah...

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author avatar joan marie
28th Mar 2011 (#)

Another hint for eating salads. Dip your fork in the dressing first, then salad. You get enough taste without drowning the salad in dressing. I lost over fifty pounds and did it eating smaller meals more often. I was highly motivated, also.

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author avatar Dafeenah
28th Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks for the tip. I never thought of that. Motivation is definitely a key factor without it you won't get far, but that goes for most things not just losing weight.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
29th Mar 2011 (#)

Ditto Joan Marie, stunning article and a really great title too.,Thanks.:-)

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