I can’t be the only one sick and tired of working out every single day and still not reaching my weight loss goals. Trust me, it’s very disheartening to know that even though I engage in cardio literally 6 out of 7 days a week faithfully, I still can’t manage to wiggle my way into last summer’s jeans. Boy I tell ya, the difference a year can make!
So, when I finally realized that my bottom stomach decided it just simply wasn’t going anywhere, I knew it had to be something I was doing (or NOT) when it came to my diet. Perhaps, not being on one for starters 🥴?!?
I had to learn the hard way that you can do all the working out you want, move mountains even, but it’s ALL IN YOUR DIET. See, working out is like cutting your grass, while healthy dieting is like treating your grass for all those bald spots. See where I’m going with this?
But, lucky for you, I’ve put in the sweat, tears and research necessary to find realistic, fool proof diet tips that help improve your diet and shed that body fat…FAST! Remember, a quarantine free summer could be around the corner.
REPLACE ALL COOKING OILS WITH COOKING SPRAY
This is where I went wrong for a while before I realized how much weight even the good cooking oils like olive, avocado, coconut (just to name a few) we’re adding to my diet. Those oils tend to be high in fatty acids which is a good fat, but it’s still fat nonetheless. Kinda counterproductive on a fat losing diet, right? Cooking spray, however, has 0 fat, 0 calories, 0 cholesterol, literally 0 everything. Its main ingredient is soy so if that’s a problem for you then you may not want to switch to cooking spray. With the cooking spray you can coat your meats, coat your pans, basically everything you do with cooking oils, just without the fat! 😁
CUT THE CARBS…LIKE REALLY
Carbs are my kryptonite and literally call my name on a daily basis. I guess that’s how I accumulated an extra stomach huh? But you have to stay away from the bread, the rice (even brown) annnnd potatoes. Lord knows I love me some tatas, I mean I am half country. 😥 Try to make it a habit to double up on the greens and look the other way when you get to the mac and cheese. Just RUN when you smell your Mama’s mouth-watering buttery buiscuits. Trust me, I’m speaking from experience.
EAT A GRAND BREAKFAST
Eat breakfast like a King, eat lunch like a Prince and eat dinner like a peasant. Ever heard that saying? I know it sounds crazy but it actually makes all the sense. Think about it, if you eat your biggest meal earlier in the day, you have more time to burn it off throughout the day. By the time dinner comes, you’ll still be so full from a hearty breakfast and a generous lunch that a light salad for dinner will do you all the justice. Which leads to the next tip.
NO EATING AFTER 6 PM
For me, this meant starting my days earlier so that I can make sure I’m not eating dinner after 6pm. Trust me, it’s very easy to find yourself just warming up pots at 7pm when you have a husband that works late and a baby that’s allergic to structure and schedules. But, I promise if you cut this out, you will start to see a difference in your inches since you won’t have food just sitting on your stomach overnight, getting nice and comfortable, just storing itself there.🙈
DRINK LIME/LEMON WATER WITH A TABLESPOON OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR BEFORE EVERY MEAL
This creates an alkaline water that helps in the aid of indigestion and improve digestion. It also helps to suppress your appetite. Drinking it before every meal will help you eat less and still feel full and fulfilled. Lime water can also be taken as a meal which is low in calories and high in minerals and vitamins. The high vitamin C content of limes can boost the immune system and also help the body to break down fat during exercise. I’m sure you know what that means!
FALL IN LOVE WITH CABBAGE SOUP!
Cabbage soup is a great option when seeking weight loss. It’s great at activating your metabolism and helping you process and eliminate food better and faster. So, this means fat isn’t just sitting in your stomach. I bet you didn’t know our body only eliminates 75% of what we ate last. So that means 25% of that last meal is left in your intestines. It literally blows my mind that my fupa could be filled with old Big Macs from my former un-woke days!!🙉
ONLY TAKE A SHOT OF JUICE/SODA
Water literally needs to be no less than 90% of your diet. Come on, our body is made up of 70% water. So, if you think you can achieve your weight loss goals without it, you’re sadly mistaken. But I do understand that sometime water just does not hit the spot, especially after a good ole meal. That’s the job of a flavorful Minute Maid juice or even better, a Grape can soda (I know, I’m hood.) So instead of depriving yourself of the sugar, when you get the urge (literally an urge or two and THAT’S IT), whip out your shot glass and fill it to the brim with your favorite sugary drink. Follow it up with some water and boom, you’ve just avoided, crushing an entire cup of the devil’s juice… well, one of them!
ALCOHOL ADDS LBS.
This one is the killer, I know. I nearly fainted when I learned that my favorite cocktail (the classic margarita, of course) was part of the reason why I now have two stomachs. I may have even cried; I was drunk so I definitely cried. But the point is, all alcohol, no matter if it’s straight liquor, a cocktail or a beer, make it super hard to shed the pounds. Now, I don’t know about you but I can’t just throw out my liquor just yet but I CAN limit my intake and try to be more mindful of HOW I’m consuming my alcohol. I decided that Monday through Friday, I will not drink a drop of alcohol and just go from there. If I tell myself not to drink at all, I will literally crave nothing but cold margaritas. But by limiting my intake I plan to eventually eliminate drinking out of my diet period. Pray for me. Twice. Please. Thanks.
USE SMALLER PLATES
The psychologist in me came up with the idea to trick your mind into getting used to smaller portions, therefore feeling full with less food intake. Naturally when you have a plate, you tend to fill all the open space with food, subconsciously making yourself eat more than you need. So those beautiful big plates your sister gave you as a house warming gift, throw ‘em out! Jk, jk. Don’t throw them out, just put them up, and replace them with smaller plates. So, when you do have the inclination to fill up your plate, it’s a small plate with 50% less food than what you would have normally consumed. Yeah, I know. Good stuff, right? Thank me later. On second thought, I’m a Capricorn, so you can thank me now! 😉