If you think you may need to lose a few lbs, read on.
I’m by no means naturally thin. In fact, I’m the opposite: Naturally fat. But, because I’m a dietitian and I know how to manage my weight through diet and exercise, I’ve found a lifestyle that allows me to overcome my bad fat genes.
However, like everyone else, if I don’t pay attention to my diet, I pack on pounds. And it seems like once every year, I step on the scale and I say “ #$%! How did I let this happen to me again?” But, instead of getting upset or down about it, I revert to my tried and true weight loss action plan which includes
- Drinking half my body weight in water every day
- Keeping a food journal
- Logging my weight, percent body fat and measurements of my waist, bicep, hips and thigh.
- Eating more fruits and veggies and lean protein.
- Laying off the between-meal snack foods (whole grain crackers, cheese, peanut butter)
- Trying to wait before I’m hungry to eat and stopping waaaay before I’m full.
I know if I stick with these tried and true ways to lose weight, I’ll drop the 5 pounds I’ve gained in 3-4 weeks. I also took time to reflect upon what I’ve been doing to let my weight creep up. I’m going to blame it on the Red Zone, which essentially left me on my couch for an entire day during the 4 month NFL season. But I also had a month-long stint of business travel which means my exercise levels drop and my meals are more erratic and somewhat out of my control in knowing how many calories a dish really has.
If you’re like me and it’s been months since you’ve stepped on a scale, us this blog as inspiration to do so today (ok, tomorrow am). You have control over your weight so despite what the scale says, you can change the course. What’s much worse is avoiding weighing yourself because you “don’t want to know.” The longer you weight to step on the scale (or take some other objective gauge of your weight or body fat measure), most likely delays the reality that you have to make a few changes to drop a few lbs. Why not find out now and get started on it today?
Weight goes up and down…but keeping tabs on it is one of the best ways to keep the gains contained.
–Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD