Getting back into your pre-pregnancy jeans does not only require dedication at the gym.
It also requires discipline with what you put in your mouth.
For me, watching what I ate was WAY more difficult than finding time to work out.
I knew that a workout would only take me so far. I needed a food plan. At first I tried Weight Watchers. I loved it. But, between work, my husband traveling, and no family in town, I could not make the meetings and the online program was not holding me accountable.
Next, I tried My Fitness Pal. This was the perfect plan for me. I was able to get a lot of friends to join and we would motivate each other throughout the week. You can log your exercises and receive extra calories for more fruit…errr WINE.
I am NOT a nutritionist, but I have found that my body responds best with lots of lean protein, fruit before mid-afternoon, vegetables throughout the day, a handful of nuts once (or twice if I want to cheat) a day, and whole grains (such as brown or wild rice and quinoa). I do not eat much bread or pasta because I don’t see the nutritional value (except it is delicious).
I always have a healthy snack in my purse. Typically a bag of baby carrots or almonds incase I get hungry. This keeps me from grabbing a candy bar on the fly.
Instead of eating 3 large meals a day, try eating 4-6 small meals a day.
The average person gets hungry every 4 hours, so divide up your day.
The big thing is to watch your portion sizes.
Eat to FUEL.
This is A LOT of information!
But, what it comes down to is this:
It really comes down to THIS:
Research states that the majority of people who have lost weight keep it off for five years or more with a combination of diet AND exercise. It is almost impossible to exercise enough to control weight without paying attention to diet and it is also nearly impossible to sustain weight loss without increase in physical activity.
Maybe one day I will get it down pat. In the meantime, it is a juggling act!