Many women (and men) struggle with their weight. For me, it’s been a struggle almost my entire life. I have never been a ‘petite’ person, nor will I ever be. As a matter of fact, the modeling community would probably classify me ‘plus-sized’, but that’s a different topic for a different day!
Over the past 10 years, I have tried so many diets such as:
- Food delivery diets that provide the perfect portion of food that I should eat
- Diets with number systems correlating to the food I ate
- Apps (oh the Apps!), counting calories and tracking exercise
- Sprinkling ‘weight-loss powder’ on my food to make me feel full faster (yeah, remember that one?!?!)
Some of these were a total loss, while others helped but were not a sensible long-term solution. I needed to find something that was simple, could be incorporated into my daily life and that had the potential to become my new way of eating, not just a diet program.
How I lost 5 lbs. without counting calories
First of all, I am not a weight-loss expert or dietitian. I’m not a fitness guru or trained in any manner in this subject. I’m just a woman and mom who is trying to be healthy and am more fit now, and weigh less now, than my entire adult life. You should always consult with a doctor before making any change in your diet or exercise program.
There are 3 things that I feel contributed to my 5 lb. weight-loss during the one month period I am referring to:
- Eating a gluten-free diet
- Exercising regularly
- 14-Day Detox Tea
A few months ago, my husband and I decided to start eating a gluten-free diet. We had heard that there were many benefits to not eating wheat products, and among those was weight loss. At the time we knew nothing about gluten. We didn’t even know what being ‘gluten-free’ meant other than we couldn’t have pasta and bread, two things that we loved. Together, we decided to give this ‘diet’ a chance, and try it for one month to see what happened!
We put ourselves through an online ‘crash course’ and decided to take the plunge. It was challenging at first, because we had to check EVERYTHING. We literally had no idea what foods contained gluten and what foods didn’t. To make it more complicated, some foods have the ‘gluten-free’ label on them, while others do not. We were unsure how to know the difference.
As we started reading labels, we noticed that any product that is not gluten-free states clearly in the ingredients sections, ‘contains wheat’. Once we discovered this, it made grocery shopping that much easier! More recently, we have found an app called ‘The Gluten Free Scanner’. This app allows you to scan almost any bar code to determine if it contains gluten. If it does, there is a red exclamation mark. If not, there is a green check mark. This makes shopping for gluten-free food even easier!
I am still conscious about what I eat. I try to stay away from ice cream, corn chips and mashed potatoes and eat more protein, vegetables and fruit, but I DO NOT COUNT CALORIES anymore. No logging food an an app or checking to see how much more I can eat that day. I just get to enjoy my (gluten-free) food!
If you are interested in learning about how we started our Gluten Free journey, check out these articles:
- My Gluten-Free Journey Week 1
- My Gluten-Free Journey Week 2
- My Gluten-Free Journey Week 3
- 10 Gluten-Free Foods You Must Try (even if you don’t have to)
I can not stress the importance of exercising on a regular basis. For me, not only did I want to lose weight, but being in my 40’s, I want to ensure that my body is preparing for getting older (ugh). My husband and I are very active golfing and skiing among other activities, but I will only be able to continue those activities as I get older, if I ensure my body stays accustomed to activity.
Exercising regularly doesn’t mean once in a while, or even once a week, as I had once thought. It means fitting in some sort of exercise 2-3 times a week. More if you can fit it in! Each one of us needs to determine what the best way to exercise is. The key to regular exercise and ensure the longevity of it, is liking it. (Yes, it’s possible to like exercise!)
For instance, a few years ago, I was asked to participate in a 5k run. I hate running. But I took the challenge, and determined to succeed, trained for months and was able to run the entire 5k! I was in great shape, but once the 5k wsa over, I never ran again, because I HATE RUNNING. I know it looks like I’m smiling in the picture below, but that’s because it’s almost over!
Then, I started dancing. I love dancing and always have, but thought dance classes was something that ‘kids’ did. Once I realized that there are numerous adult classes for all skills, I decided to give it a try. I started with one day a week at first. Eventually, I built up to 3 days a week. Because dancing is something that I love to do, I can envision continuing through the years!
Your exercise can also be as simple as walking. You can join a gym, take up yoga, do Pilates; it doesn’t matter what it is. As long as you are doing something!
14-day Detox Tea
I testing the 14-day Detox Tea from FitTea as part of a complementary program. Because I was testing it to provide the company with a review, I was diligent about drinking it every morning. During the 2 weeks, I drank less coffee, as I substituted my morning coffee for the tea, and I had a lot more energy. FitTea does not claim to promote weight loss, however, having lost the weight during the same month as drinking the tea, I felt that there might be a correlation and worth mentioning.
Some of you may be wondering if I keep the weight off?
The simple answer to that is yes, in the last few months I have maintained that 5 lb. weight loss. I wish I could report that I have lost more, but life has gotten in the way! Due to our crazy schedules, my dance days dropped from 3 day a week to 2 days a week, and now it’s only 1 day a week. There were also a few weeks that I didn’t exercise at all due to being out of town for work. In the coming weeks, the kids activity schedule will be slowing down and I will be getting back to dancing 3-days a week.
Even with cutting down on exercise and being months past the detox tea, eating gluten-free foods has helped me keep off that 5 lbs. No counting calories and splurging every now and then.
Just because this process worked for me, I am not saying it will work for you. But if you have been struggling, like I have, to find something that is sustainable over time, you may want to give this a try!