As I’ve shared before, weight has been a struggle for me for the past 7-8 years. I was one of those skinny girls who never gained a pound…until I did. As my eating habits got out of control, so did my weight.
Over the years, I have tried many methods of weightloss. I’ve never been a “fad” diet kind of person. I always knew that I needed something sustainable. I never considered that I was on a “diet,” but more that I was trying to change my eating habits for good. But no matter what I told myself, it never lasted.
I remember when I discovered weight watchers. I was pulled in by the promise to “eat whatever you want.” The point system was somewhat complicated, but I gave it a shot. The first time I tried it, I adhered strictly to the points, while still eating what I wanted. I didn’t lose a single pound. I was eating only my allotted points, but I was still eating unhealthy foods. I did try again and lose a bit, but I didn’t stick with it.
My other preferred method of gaining control of my eating was to count calories. This offers a similar problem. I lost some weight when I was counting calories and working out more, but I didn’t stick with it.
The thing about both of these methods is that they are fundamentally flawed. Yes, you’ll take in less calories overall, but you still eat unhealthy foods. Most people who see lasting and sustainable weightloss eat healthier foods, more real foods, whether they call it that or not. What we need is more fruits and vegetables, less low-fat “health foods.”
In addition to this, I was constantly stressed about what I was eating. How many points was it? How many calories, protein, carbs?
The Beauty of Real Food
I no longer have to worry about counting calories because real food is inherently healthier.
Yes, it can be overwhelming at first, since our society is so inundated with processed foods. However, once you initially get rid of processed foods, and start reading ingredients labels, everything is on autopilot. Just a touch of common sense with portions, and you can eat healthy without counting calories.
Sugar and white flour have always been a couple of my worst offenders, and they are both eliminated outright with real food.
Real foods tend to be more filling, and more naturally limiting. Desserts that must all be homemade from scratch are eaten less frequently, as are breads. You’re less likely to binge on baby carrots than cookies or potato chips, and if you do, you’re getting nutrients instead of a ton of empty calories.
Though my overall goal is to get healthier, a pleasant side-effect of that is losting weight. Over the past month and a half, I’ve lost 10-12 lbs, basically without trying (now remember, my starting weight was way up there, and my diet included a lot of binging, so if you’re in a healthy range already and already eat healthy, your results will likely be slower).