I have expressed my intent to lose weight without going through any surgery and the response was overwhelming. I heard plenty of response telling about their struggles telling me the reasons why they also decided to have or not to have weight loss surgery. Some letters made me laugh, others brought me to tears, but all made me grateful.
There are one and a half months in my new way of eating healthy and in this blog, I’d like to share some things which I’ve learned. I am extremely grateful for the guidance of my dietician in this process and would highly recommend getting similar support to everyone who struggles with weight loss. There must be no nutritionist – only someone who you trust and who holds you responsible for your goals.
In other words, here are just a few of the things I’ve learned so far on this trip.
You’re Going To Feel Hungry
But that’s totally fine. Your body needs to learn the feeling of being hungry and endure it. If you regularly lose in the process, you train your body that any signal from your stomach is hunger, but the truth is it’s just gas, thirst or the digestion process itself. Plus, let’s be honest, hunger is not a bad thing. As Americans, we are lucky that we constantly get food, but that doesn’t mean that we should eat all the time. If you are hungry between lunch and your afternoon snack, you will not die.
Find Balance On Your Own
I give myself 2 “free” meals per week. At these meals, I’m counting no proteins and carbohydrates and I eat only a modest part of what I want. This includes, if my mother brings pizza and one other meal on Friday evening. Anyway, I keep a log of my free meals, because…
Food Diaries Help
It can be difficult to get used to, and sometimes it really is tempting to leave something out but believe me, they really help. There were even times that I had a desire, but I didn’t give up because I did not write it. I prefer using My Fitness Pal to track my food. It has already programmed many foods and I love the scanner function – just scan the barcode on the package and it will automatically be added to your food diary.
Cravings Will Come
And they just suck. There are things that you can do to get past them, and most of the time they work. If you try everything and still end up looking for chocolate, taste a bit. Choose only wise, have only a little, and add it to your food diary.
Cravings Will Soon Pass
I don’t think that the cravings will ever completely go away, but I can honestly say that food, which so often has thrown me in the past from the railway, are now fairly easy to resist. Only a few days ago, I passed one of my absolute Favorites Cadbury mini eggs, and not once stopped.
You’ll Feel Better Right Away (Almost)
After a few days of healthy eating I felt more energetic, was in a better mood and had less stomach upset. The hunger shakes were another major symptom, that completely disappeared. This good feeling helped me control cravings because I didn’t want to go back to being lethargic.
I know the biggest question you have is whether I have or not lost weight. And the answer is Yes. It’s not as fast as if I had surgery, but I lose about 3 pounds per week with my new lifestyle. There are times in which I was discouraged by the slow decline in the numbers, I’m not going to lie. But I have not gained the weight overnight and won’t lose it overnight.
I would love to hear how you all do with changes in your lifestyle. Share them in the comments section below.