Whether you do weight watchers- tallying up points, eat only at certain times-no carbs after 6, or count calories, it all comes down to a simple formula that helps you manage your weight. Sure all these rules can be annoying, overwhelming in fact. I mean how many diets have you heard of in your lifetime? I will tell you that as someone who has absolutely been through it, theres nothing easy about 1) losing weight or 2) maintaining that weight loss.What was the most effective thing I did that finally worked? Making it simple! I counted points, weighed in to stay accountable and worked out hard. Coolest thing about counting points or calories? The harder you work out, ie the more calories you burn, the more you can eat! Simple, right!? I also had a little pocket to dip into of extra calories for the weekend. That way I can go out to eat and enjoy a nice fulfilling meal without the guilt and can get back right on the healthier eating track without suffering from the food coma guilt hangover.
Again, this sounds easy, but it still isnt. Finding the formula was the first step, then implementing it is key. Now when implementing this there are specific tools that make it possible and hold yourself accountable. For example, a journal to track your points/calories. With points I would write it in my weight watcher journal. Now I go to www.livestrong.comand enter my calories in an online system. I also realized that on weight watchers, after being on it for a few years I started to cheat myself and rationalize things to allow them in my diet. More extra calories on the weekends than needed. Counting things for less points than they really were. You can still screw yourself up here. It took weighing in to tell myself okay heres the results of not holding yourslelf accountable, ie you gained 5-8 pounds. Lets get back to basics.So I went the route of counting calories instead of points to see possibly what I was doing wrong, looking at it more precisely. It still was tough to shed the weight and I was working hard. I was running 13 mile half marathons, and instructing back to back classes. Well I was missing out on one big thing. Counting TOO many points/calories for my exercise. Unfortunately I wasnt burning the calories I used to when in worst shape or when I weighed more. Now when I burn over 600 calories in a hard class Im pumped- but I was counting 700, 800 calories because to me I felt like I was working that hard. I shed my 5-8 pounds all over again when I implemented a heart rate monitor.It put me back into reality mode of knowing how many calories Im burning and how to figure that into my over all tracking system. Also, like a video game, I was excited to work out hard so that at the end I could see how many calories I burned! Kind of like weighing in and seeing that weight loss! Who says you cant make it fun?There are several out there so go after the one you want. Ive drooled over several. This is the one I use and find it very good for the basic counting of calories, knowing where your heart rate is, you can even get all fancy on the computer. Cute color too, and I would deem it very affordable in comparison to some others. Trust me, I watch my runner friends with their garmans and definitely have buyers envy. I remind myself what I need and if I need to spend that money on something I already have. So yes, I try to budget money the way I budget calories. http://www.amazon.com/Polar-Womens-Heart-Monitor-Bronze/dp/B001U0OFD2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319379534&sr=8-1
Lets just say that Ive shed 35 pounds through a simple tracking formula. Calories in and out. Food is an incredibly fun topic, and theres no reason you have to take the fun out of it because you want to be healthy. There are nutritious choices. There are ways to eat less calories but be more FULL than when you eat more calories of different kinds of food. There are tricks left and right to help you a long the way. But back to basics, what works is being aware of what you’re doing, holding yourself accountable, and sticking to that formula. Again, I use livestrong.com and my heart rate monitor. Find the tools that can help keep it simple- before you know it, those habits will be made and you wont know anything else!