There are many of us that want to get healthy and lose that extra poundage that may have crept up on us during the last couple of years or so.
Are you in the middle of making some health resolutions that will include changing up some of your poor eating choices?
Will you go cold turkey, and try to restrict or change everything at once?
Many will make a gradual change to healthier choices in meal plans and start exercising more. Small changes can add up to large health benefits as they turn into a habitual healthy lifestyle.
There are as many ways to get healthy or lose weight as there are people trying to do it, and many do succeed in the short term. Are you ready to hear about my one weight loss tip that is always wildly successful?
Many people fail to keep their desired weight long term, or for their lifetime. They do not know the secret. 🙂 For some of you, this one weight loss tip could change your life. It is simply this:
Unless you are really mentally prepared to go cold turkey with your weight loss program, many more people achieve long term lifestyle change success by gradual transitions.
Crowd out those dis-empowering habits with new, empowering healthy habits. You are not taking anything away, you are adding more options for your life. Not revolutionary, but it works like crazy.
This one weight loss tip alone may help you to exceed your weight loss expectations way beyond what you expect, so you can lose all the weight you want and keep it off for life.
List as many healthy food options (your favorites) so that when you go to the fridge and open the door, you can answer that troublesome question, “What am I going to have to eat?” You will have a whole list of favorite foods that you can enjoy. They go right on your shopping list to keep on hand.
Don’t judge them, or yourself. Just write down everything that you enjoy for dinners, or lunches, or breakfasts.
You want to get a list of your favorite foods. If you want some ideas for your list of favorites, search for low carb or paleo weight loss meals on Pinterest.
Later, organize them so that you will have your most favorite foods listed on top, to your least favorite foods listed on the bottom. Go do it now. 🙂 It will be fun.
Now, separate your favorite meals down into meats, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, salty snacks, sweet snacks, desserts.
Again list them from favorites first, to least favorites lower on your list. This is so you can mix and match them into meals later.
Now separate them according to your weight loss program, allowed, not allowed, enjoy any time, enjoy some time, and cheat meals, etc… Don’t put this off. This exercise will really pay off big time for you.
*Important… Try to get rid of that “semantics” restriction of breakfast. lunch and dinner choices. Have whatever food you choose at whatever time you want. There are really no such thing as breakfast, lunch or dinner foods. Think of your meals generically as “feedings”.
Try to have at least 30 healthy “feeding” options. This will also give you 30 alternatives for lunch, 30 alternatives for breakfast, 30 choices for snacks. and then your food choices for lunch can alternate with food choices for breakfast and have at least 20 food alternatives for snacks, sweets treats, and desserts. It is also critical that you make a list of “cheat” foods that you can have from time to time.
Now, I have 50 plus healthy food options that I can choose from at any time, and still stay on my plan. How many people have 50 healthy food options ready, so that they can answer that question, “Well, what am I going to eat now?” See the beauty in just this one weight loss tip? It is usually the reverse of what everybody else does.
You will literally have a list of “goto” foods that will help you to easily and healthfully answer the question, “What am I going to eat now?” Do you know how much joy that will bring into your life?
Being prepared will make a world of difference in what choices you make in those moments of indecision.
This is where many people fall off their program, because they will gravitate to the easiest thing right in front of them, whether it is healthy or not. You are still enjoying your faves, you get to choose from all your favorites listed.
The real secret to building long term, healthy eating habits gradually is not to eliminate foods. It is to crowd out those unhealthy foods with healthier choices. That’s exactly how it works.
So you are not eliminating any foods. You are not taking anything away at all. You are simply adding so many of your favorites that are healthy, that you just haven’t got any room left for those unhealthy snacks. So the idea is to crowd them out with your favorites allowed on the program.
Plan your cheats in advance too. 🙂
Eat clean around them and you will find that the better percentage of the time you will be substituting good whole foods you like in your meal plans. Related – How To Eat Healthfully When You Are On The Go
And you don’t have to strictly adhere to your schedule or plan, you can move meals around. If you have at least 10 favorite go to’s ready to consume when you hit the fridge, you will usually choose better food.
Do your shopping around your list of favorite choices. Stock up on all of the healthy foods that you like… 🙂
I use mostly Paleo recipes for the foundation of my meal planning, but there are a few differences, and there is quite a bit of “wiggle” room. That is just the way I like it.
More later, got to go eat! All this talking about food has made me hungry!