I have gained weight and it is time to reevaluate and reverse the damage I have done before our warm, sunny, bathing suit weather returns.
Although I know what I need to do, I have been unable to find the motivation to actually start doing anything. I have been on many diets over the years and I feel like an expert on the matter. I realize that it is not a temporary fix, but a lifestyle change. I know I need to cut out the bad foods, drink more water, and exercise, but I haven‚Äôt.
The American Heart Association offers these guidelines on how to begin making the changes to begin a healthy low-fat diet:
‚Ä¢ Purge your pantry of all those high-fat snacks that lead you astray (same goes for your refrigerator).
‚Ä¢ Learn to read labels and look for keywords like “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated,” which refer to trans fats.
‚Ä¢ Note how high sugar, in its various forms, appears in the list of ingredients (higher is worse).
‚Ä¢ Pay attention to serving size and number of servings per container (many of us are fooled into thinking they are one and the same – they aren‚Äôt).
‚Ä¢ Shop purposefully: plan your meals, make a grocery list – and stick to it!
‚Ä¢ Fill up your fruit bowl and then eat something from it before or after each meal.
‚Ä¢ Drink water and plenty of it – ideally at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day.
‚Ä¢ Get moving! Join an exercise class, go swimming, or simply take a brisk daily walk with your dog or a friend.
My hope is that by writing this article and stating that I am going to start making the changes necessary for me to lose weight and get healthy, that it will motivate me to do it. I will keep you updated!