I have been a dieter for as long as I can remember. Why did it take me so long to figure it out? What made me successful this time around? Why did I fail so much in the past? I'm not sure I know the all the answers but I decided to jot down all the things that helped me successfully lose 70lbs. Here are a list of weight loss and diet tips I hope help you on your journey. Some of these discuss Weight Watcher Points but even if you aren't following Weight Watchers you can take the ideas and apply it to your chosen plan. If you have any tips of you own please add them with the comment feature at the bottom of the page.
1. Rearrange your Refrigerator. I now keep all produce, fresh veggies and yogurt on the most predominant shelves. Everything else goes in the drawers, like breads and the husband's junk food! This way, when I'm hungry I see the good stuff first. I also found that by doing this food doesn't go bad as quickly. I haven't thrown a bag of lettuce out in a LONG time.
2. Get more volume for your calories. For example, I buy shredded mozzarella. I use it for everything! Tacos, pizza, salads. I weigh out an once and it's exactly 2 points. Perfect. Well, one day, I bought the fancy shredded kind and when I measured out an once I was SHOCKED! It look like so much more! To me more is better even if it really isn't more. Now I only buy the fancy shredded kind. This is a mind trick example but you get the idea. If you think you are eating more you are more satisfied. Bulk up burgers with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, green pepper slices or add tons of veggies to homemade pizza. Anything that tricks you into believing it's way more food but adds only minimal calories.
3. Bring tons of stuff with you. When I go to work I don't worry about lunch anymore. I bring a ton of 1-3 point (50-200 calorie) snacks and literally eat ALL DAY. I've become a gazer and it works for me.
4. Not everything needs extra cheese or cheese at all. This is one that is pretty personal to me but I've learned that everything doesn't need cheese and if it does 1/2 ounce is usually enough.