The whole “New Year New You” thing is in full swing. How are you doing so far?
Snack Girl has been receiving questions on the best way to start losing weight. Unfortunately, all I can come up with is the worst techniques. Here is a short list:
1. Intestinal parasites
2. Wearing a rubber suit
3. Hours in a sauna
My problem with answering these readers questions is that I don’t know why these people are overweight in the first place. Heck, I can’t see them so I don’t know even if they are overweight!
I will say that one of the very best ways to lose weight is to start listing what you eat every day. You can then use a free website such as Calorie Count to get an idea how many calories you are consuming.
When I tried Weight Watchers many years ago, I counted my points religiously and identified areas of my diet that were a wee bit out of control. I was drinking a large glass of orange juice every day, eating a chocolate chip cookie, and drinking beer. By cutting back on juice, cookies, and beer, I saved around 500 empty calories per day.
Without Weight Watchers would I have figured out my indulgence issue? Maybe – but WW gave me a framework to change.
Do I count calories now? Absolutely not. I learned where I had to change, lost weight, and now I try to eat healthy as much as I can.
Some people will count points or calories forever and if that works for them – more power to them. Many will find out where they are going wrong from counting, learn, and move on.
I do think that the best place to start is a cold, hard evaluation of your daily food intake to know where you are. Then you get to decide what to do about it.
Think of counting as a tool - not a life sentence.
Where would tell someone to start if they want to lose weight?
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