Wednesday, March 7, 2012

One Healthy Meal a Day....

....Does not mean that you are a healthy eater.

I suppose this is a pet peeve of mine.  There are people who think that because they initiate one healthy habit, they are suddenly healthy and we have something grand in common.


It is great to initiate a healthy habit! Yay for you - seriously! However, ONE healthy habit is not going to do a whole lot of good. Taking steps toward positive change is a great thing but don't expect amazing results based on one little change.

Before I lost weight I sometimes had a salad for lunch.  My breakfast was generally healthy, and even similar to what I have now... Maybe some toast or oatmeal or something like that. I even ate low fat products; some fat free. I can't say this did or did not any certain amount of good for me because I wasn't really monitoring unless I was doing a diet plan or program.  My first 55 pounds was lost slowly over a period of about five years. I 'm willing to guess a change in habits made me lose some.  I lost some on WW and some...Well, I don't know how since I wasn't paying much attention.

What I didn't do was expect great results. If you put in a little effort, that can't happen.  I didn't care what I ate and didn't exercise.  Switching from full fat cheese to fat-free cheese really isn't going to make a huge amount of difference. I didn't run around acting like I was super healthy and like I was going to lose a ton of weight. 

Eating plays a huge role in weight loss. 

You cannot expect to eat unhealthy foods and lose weight; not in a healthy manner. I suppose that if you ate one meal a day and consumed an appropriate amount of calories from that one meal, you might see a difference due to the change in calories. However, is that healthy? NO! What you eat is your business and if you want to eat one meal a day and have it be unhealthy, have at. Just know that you're doing no good for your body.

You cannot expect to lose weight if you continue to eat the way you have been. It takes change, but I think that's obvious. I hope.

You cannot expect to lose weight if you don't pay attention to what you eat.  This means....Counting the values. If you don't know what you're eating, you can't expect loss. COUNT!

Don't forget alcohol! That can be a huge barrier to weight loss. It's full of calories. It can make you bloat. Some people want to eat more when they drink (typically unhealthy).  It can make you lose control and it might be easier to indulge in those unhealthy foods.  A drink now and then is fine....But if you're drinking frequently, be sure to add up those calories.  Please, don't not eat all day so that you can drink away the day's calories. That is not healthy or smart. I did this when I was on WW. I figured out how many points I'd want to drink and then tailor my eating accordingly.  I highly DO NOT recommend that approach. Weight loss is about getting healthy. Being drunkorexic is not. It's not a diagnosis but I read an article about this a few years ago...people who save their calories for the purpose of being able to drink. There's a lot more research on the topic now. 

Check it out if you have a minute...Kinda scary!!

Now...Go ahead and eat your salad, your baked/broiled lean meat, your afternoon yogurt and granola, whatever it might be that's healthy. It's good to eat healthy, no matter what your desired outcome. However, do not expect to eat healthy once a day and lose weight.

You need to eat more healthy foods than unhealthy foods (by a huge margin 80/20). You should eat healthy most of the time, with an occasional treat. Don't expect to be able to fill your body with junk and lose weight. That? Just does not happen.
Weight loss is something so simple that is so hard for many people, but it's worth the effort.


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