To lose weight, you have to eat food! The end.... ok well really its not that easy, I am firm believer in calories in and calories burned. I'm not a body builder or trying to look one so I'm really not concerned with macro nutrients such as Proteins and Carbs so much, yes they are important but for someone who is beginning to try to lose a little extra weight it just adds alot of confusion in my opinion. So the most important thing is getting food in your system. I've discussed before that maintaining and losing weight have a lot of determining factors such as the calories that you consume and the calories that you burn each day in your day to day activities which boil down to the calories that you need to maintain your weight and lose weight. I have done the math for you in a previous post so I don't want to do that again ( I think) So if we take out the science of dieting and focus on eating and the kinds of foods you should eat this will help all beginning dieters take a step in the right direction.
First and foremost it is MY OPINION that everyone should have something for breakfast. That something shouldn't include doughnuts (my love), kolaches (my second love), etc... Eggs is a great staple for breakfast!!!! Not just egg whites but even the ENTIRE EGG!!! I am not discounting people who just eat egg whites, because that used to be me, but I feel like the entire egg has some great nutrients and good fats for your body.... regardless what you may think GOOD FATS are GOOD for YOU! Now of course you just don't want eat just eggs in the morning, I mean really how boring is that. Everyone knows regular bacon is not great for you, even come to find out turkey bacon is just as bad. So what kind of meat can you add to this so breakfast isn't boring??? What about Canadian Bacon, in the past year I have discovered that I really like this stuff, its very lean with some good proteins for you or even your everyday slice of ham is another way to satisfy your meat cravings in the morning. Throw in a couple slices of WHOLE WHEAT Toast and you have a very complete breakfast. Not a toast person, what about a whole wheat english muffin. Whole wheat is the key here and if your eating bread and want to lose weight this is the route you take... I didn't make the rules I just follow them! If you don't like the bread part throw in some fruit instead, most fruits are good source of carbs for you so it would complete the breakfast just as toast would. Other breakfast options may include:
- Whole Grain Oatmeal- the old fashioned kind that come in the big container from Quaker Oats.
- Cereal like Special K, Wheaties, whole grain Cheerios etc... not Coco Puffs or Trix
- If you are on the go, Subway has some great options for breakfast take a look at their menu
- Fruit- Bananas, apples, oranges, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, I don't discriminate I eat all kinds of fruit. Yes some have more sugar than others but who cares, its better than eating that snickers or my favorites Hostess cupcakes and chocolate frosted doughnuts!
- Tuna Fish, if you can get over the smell of this its a good snack just leave out the Mayo. I will take a can of Albacore all white tuna add mustard, alittle dill relish and eat it on a whole wheat sandwich thin or regular whole wheat bread. If you haven't seen the whole wheat sandwich thins check them out, they are good for snacking or even regular sandwiches for lunch.
- Peanut Butter, if you have a sweet tooth this will hit that craving. You can add it to an apple or just eat a Peanut butter sandwich or on just toast. Depending on the Peanut butter don't go crazy, I use an all natural PB called Smart Balance check it out.
- Lastly I eat alot of mixed nuts. Just a handful here and there and you are satisfied. Very easy and simple.
Those of you that know me, know that I am no Nutritionist, Dietician, or doctor. You also know that I love food and if I want it I will usually eat it, but I follow my own rules as well. Keep in mind that this isn't the only way to lose weight and be healthy. There are many other ways to do this, but this is MY WAY of doing it and it has worked for me. I have followed low carbs diets, paleo diets, diets that I had a menu to follow, and they all worked, but always left me with terrible cravings. So I usually eat what I want, to an extent and just work extra hard on the mat and in the gym to keep my weight under control. I have breakdowns like yesterday and eat everything chocolate in sight but those days are few and far between. Hope this helps you guys!