I am a doctor after all so I have to tell you that daily exercise is good for you. In fact you should do mild-moderate exercise for about 30min, 5 times a week (3 times is a minimum, but 5 times is better). BUT, that’s not what’s gonna make you lose weight. Yes, it will make it easier for you to keep your weight down. And yes, it will benefit almost every single organ in your body and make your retirement years less painful (and your medical bills lower, if you live in the US!). My point is: exercise because you want to be healthy and fit, not because you want to lose weight.
Weight loss relies mostly on calorie intake reduction. Your brain is smart but not that smart! You can make it believe that it is eating a 500 calorie meal while it’s eating a 200 calorie meal. Notice the pattern in my posts? You can control your consciousness to obtain what you want. And maybe you’re wondering why I’m writing about weight loss when I repeatedly wrote that research has shown that being skinnier doesn’t make us happier? Well, some reasons may be valuable for losing weight… for example, the fact that I have gained 20 lbs over the past 6 months (Thank you amazing boyfriend who cooks delicious fancy meals!) resulted in me being able to fit only into about 10% in my wardrobe. Thus, for practical and financial reasons, I need to lose those 20 lbs.
But, you know what, ladies out there? You are beautiful the way you are! Losing weight to please someone is no way to go. And don’t even get me started on liposuction! Be happy with your body (unless of course your weight is so high that it negatively affects your health). And if your man is disappointed with you gaining a few pounds go out there and find yourself a man who will be excited about those extra pounds because it makes your breasts more voluptuous. That’s what I did. You deserve love and respect!
But, if you do want to lose those few pounds, you have a few options:
- Weight Watchers – Decades of research have supported it’s validity. It’s scientific formula has been perfected and is currently the most efficient system out there to lose weight and keep it down. Most family doctors recommend it for weight loss. It is a lot of work at first, but you eventually get used to the pattern and emerge out of it with a somewhat healthier lifestyle. I like that it allows you to cheat and have a lot of control. I tried it. I lost 10 lbs in 3 months (OK, I did cheat a little but it was wedding season!) and still find it easier to reach for healthy snacks and fruits years later. Even my boyfriend who doesn’t like to be told what to do (like any man, right? :P) did OK following the WW diet with me.
- Trick your brain – My favorite! You may not know it (I didn’t until last year) but there are many products out there that are very low calorie and taste almost identical to regular meals. For example, Walden Farms have been making calorie-free (that’s right, 0 calories!) dressings, marinades, dips, spreads, jams, sauces,… All I will say is that the chocolate spread and peanut butter taste like melted plastic, but their meat marinades and sauces, as well as creamy salad dressings are quite delicious! And we all know that sauces and creamy dressings are heavy in calories, so it’s a welcomed replacement. You need to try it… my boyfriend likes their chocolate and peanut butter so I guess it’s a personal taste. There are many other ways to trick your brain, for example, you can make couscous out of cauliflower by grinding it in the food processor and voila: full of vitamins and low calorie, and if you add a bit of Walden Farms sauce your brain won’t even notice this side dish is not couscous. Horse meat is cheaper and lower calorie than beef, and it’s easy to find. Grilled whole portobello mushrooms are filling like meat, especially if seasoned properly, but have 10% of the calories. Shirataki noodles taste like regular noodles but have 15 calories per serving. And there are many more tricks. My boyfriend and I lost about 10 pounds in 2 months by just using those tricks and products, here and there, cheating a few days per week.
- Starve yourself – DON’T!! I am mentioning this because many people believe that the easiest way to lose weight is to not eat at all. I absolutely do not recommend this option. And, please, don’t do any Atkins diets, gym supplement shakes, or fat-free diets,… I’m just making a point that starving yourself of some essential nutrients is the worst you can do! You need all the nutrients that the variety of food can offer you, especially the main components: proteins, carbohydrates, and fat! Without protein your muscles break down, without essential fats you won’t be able to make necessary components for all your cells in the body, and without carbohydrates your brain will deteriorate (your brain uses ONLY glucose as a source of energy on a daily basis, and glucose comes from carbohydrates… so I wonder what Mr. Atkins was thinking when he invented his diet.). If you deprive yourself from any specific category of foods, for example, if you are a vegan, then take a daily multivitamin. Our bodies are not made for vegan diets, Paleo diets (sorry, friends!), Atkins diets, or what have you. We are made for well balanced diets.
Until the next post, stay healthy people! ❤