Okay, as I've bragged about earlier this week, after about 9 weeks, I am down 11 pounds! Nothing as miraculous as the weight loss successes on The Biggest Loser, but my pants are starting to sag, so I'm proud, damnit.
I've become WAAAY more active than I have in the past year--unless you consider channel surfing to be an extreme sport. But the fact that I'm exercising more is only half of the reason why I'm starting to shed the pounds. The other reason is a secret that I share with Tyra Banks, but because I love you all, I shall reveal it here:
That's right. A pencil. And while mines doesn't have hands and shades, it's still pretty kick ass. You see, I've been playing The Biggest Loser Wii game for the past few weeks, and part of that game is to enter my calories. I keep a journal of everything that I eat for the day so that I can enter it into the game later. However, you have to do more than just write down everything you eat. In order to see some results, here are my suggestions:
1. Find out your BMI (Body Mass Index), and how much calories you should consume in order to lose weight. For example, right now I'm supposed to eat only 1201 calories each day (torture, right?). To figure out the caloric intake best for you, try visiting this site.
2. Try to divide up your meals equally so that you won't go over your recommended amount. I make sure to eat three full meals, and at least 2 snacks. I don't give up many foods--my portion size just differs according to the calories. For example, I try to stick to one cup of cereal for breakfast, and my cousin and I measure out our side dishes so that we won't overeat.
3. Plan ahead. I cannot stress this enough. The night before, go ahead and jot down what you plan on eating the next day. This has truly helped me in not absentmindedly munching on candy or chips throughout the day. If I didn't write it down, it won't go in my mouth. This seems like a cruel and inhumane act, but after the first week or so, you'll get used to it.
That's it--three simple steps. Believe me, you'll be grumpy the first few days, but you'll smile once you see the pay-off.