Don’t you feel good when you say you’re going to do something and you actually do it? That was me a couple months ago when I lost over 20 lbs. I couldn’t believe it. After all those years of putting myself down and treating my body like crap, I finally said NO. I had enough. And quite honestly, it was the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. Not just because it improved my physical appearance. But it also made me feel good about myself in a mental sense. I was able to slowly lift more weight, my endurance during workouts was increasing, I had more energy, and my outlook on life was more positive.
So many people have seen me and asked what I did to lose the weight. I’m not going to tell you any different than the rest of them would. The miracle drug is diet and exercise. I went on a low-carb diet and it transformed the way I live my life. So those of you interested in trying the low-carb lifestyle, here are my tips:
- Track your progress. I’m a tech-nerd so I love doing everything digitally. I use the My Fitness Pal app on my mobile device which syncs to their website and all my devices. I can access their nutritional info and tracker practically anywhere as long as I have an internet connection. I know that keeping track of your food can be a pain in the ass, but it really helps you to see what you’re putting in your body. Please take the time to do this, it’s an important step in your success.
- Think of your workouts as
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“business meetings.” You would never cancel last minute on a business meeting right? Think of the gym as a business meeting – be on time, work efficiently, and don’t cancel. Put it in your calendar and block out that time for yourself.
- Focus on your carb intake. Be diligent about keeping track. Don’t know how many carbs are in a particular food? Check really quickly. You’d be surprised how many foods are actually high in carbs. Aside from your typical pasta, rice, bread, and other grains, did you know that have milk, yogurt, and other dairy products are high in carbs? Who would’ve known?! Also, kale is high in carbs for a green leaf (about 7g per cup). Tomatoes and fruits are also high in carbs so watch out for them as well. How did I figure out how many carbs I was allotted a day? I used My Fitness Pal, input all my information like weight/activity level/age, and then cut their suggested daily carb intake in half. Personally, I can have 60-80g of carbs per day.
- Allow yourself 1 cheat meal and don’t feel guilty about it. I know we all try to be super dedicated to diets and working out especially when we start out. But allow your body to “reset.” Indulge in a carb-ful meal once a week and enjoy it!
- Find alternatives. Soda drinker? Drink diet (though the best type of liquid you can put in your body is good ol’ H2O). Like latte’s like myself? Get the no sugar added latte. It cuts the carbs in half (sometimes more)! Like chips like I do? I substituted the air puffed pork rinds which has less than 1g of carbs per serving. I also buy almond milk instead of regular. Almond milk has 8g of carbs per 8 oz of milk compared to 12g of carbs with skim milk.
Hope these tips helped! And if you have found any low carb tips please contact me and share!