Has your company recently started a weight loss competition? Do you just want to shed a few pounds? Then here are some of CapnChas’s top ten Do’s and Don’ts!
The Good, The Bad, and the Banned
1. Eat lots of Fruits/Veggies (nutritionally “dense” foods!). Instead of having a bag of chips, have a bag of fresh mixed vegetables with a tub of hummus sitting at your desk. Hummus can be expensive to buy, but takes about 5 minutes to make and is cheap to produce yourself (see an earlier post for a great Hummus recipe without Tahini, although those recipes with Tahini are good, too). Having fresh vegetables available gives you that satisfying “crunch” of a chip without the bad calories. Yes, it will suck at first – but these days, I actually crave crunching on carrots and broccoli dipped in hummus!
2. Give Yourself a “Free” Day. Yup, that’s right – one day a week, eat whatever you want. The first “free” day you’ll go way overboard, feel sick, bloated, and have low energy. Considering how you ate the rest of the week, you’ll end up hating what you did. The next “free” day, you’ll be a little bit more disciplined. But, let’s face it – If I banned myself from chocolate chip cookies, I would doom myself to failure! But if I know once a week I could eat all I wanted – I’d be much more likely to wait.
3. Have a Plan. Plan your meals ahead of time. Don’t eat out – cook your own food, and bring your food to work. It’s much easier to control just how many calories you’re eating if you make it yourself. And, generally speaking, it’s going to be healthier.
4. Make Exercise a Priority. I hate working out first thing in the morning, but if that ensures that I get my workout done, then that is when I need to do it. Set a specific time for your workouts, and explain to your family and friends just how important this is to you. Get them involved and on your side. When they understand that 5pm – 6pm is Mommy/Daddy’s workout time, and it’s because they want to be healthier and live longer, then the family will understand. Get them to exercise with you! And don’t make any excuses or let anything distract you from your planned workout time. It’s easy to do – hence why many workout first thing in the mornings (I do, also, but I hate that).