Fitness and Nutrition — By Ben on 03 September 2008
13 things that helped me lose weight

After my posts about the foods that made me gained weight and the ones that helped me to lose it I close this series of posts with this one. We’ve established that food alone doesn’t make you gain or lose weight. It is a series of small changes in your life that do the trick. So here I present to you 13 things you can do to help you to lose weight:

  1. Admittance. They say that admitting you have a problem is the most difficult part. I think I did well there. Just a thought. Don’t blame your body or genes. (I know there are conditions that make some people gain weight uncontrollably) Think about this. How many fat immigrants came down from boats in the past couple of centuries? Please don’t use this excuse. It is VERY lame.
  2. Set a realistic goal. I weigh x lbs and want to weigh y lbs by z date. When I did it I knew I wasn’t going to have a supermodel body in 3 months. I’ve read expecting that is a big mistake.
  3. Made a plan accordingly. This is where things start to get a little complicated and a real commitment is required.
  4. Talked to friends and family about your goals and plans. Don’t be embarrassed. I am pretty sure they will understand and cheer you up. If they don’t, they you need new friends and family.
  5. Keep a record of what and how much you are eating, how many hours you sleep and how much you exercise. If you stick to your plan then you will be able to see results after a little while.
  6. Sleep 7-8 hours a day. Believe it or not, this is a very important part in the battle against your love handles.
  7. Eat smartly. Traditional diets don’t work is because they starve you. Adam’s Fun Fitness Fridays have a lot of information about eating right. But basically your stomach has to always have something in it. Eat a big breakfast, have a snack at mid-morning, a good lunch, veggies and fruit in the middle of the afternoon and a small dinner. Eat a bowl of cereal or an apple before going to bed. I could write a whole post about this.
  8. Exercise regularly. Remember this post?
  9. Read labels. This was one of the hardest parts for me. I was afraid of reading labels, but knowing what you are eating makes a big difference.
  10. Move, move, move. If you are like me and work in front of a computer most of the day, take several breaks to stretch, jump the rope, dance or just walk around the office/house. This will keep you energized and in a good humor during the day.
  11. Stay positive. Maybe this week you didn’t see a significant improvement, that’s no reason to quit. That means you have to keep doing it. Smile at the scale because you know you are going to win this battle.
  12. Reward yourself. When you reach a milestone give yourself a pat in the back, buy something nice (maybe a pair of smaller new jeans?) and think this is just the beginning of a beautiful life.
  13. Keep doing it. When you reach your goal you will realize that you don’t wanna go back. For that you have to keep doing the things that brought you to that point. That’s another reason traditional diets don’t work. Make being healthy a habit.

There you have it. Small changes in your habits and routines that can make a BIG difference in your life. It is so rewarding that you will feel better than ever before. Trust me on this one.

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(27) Readers Comments

  1. Well done, Ben!!!!

    I gained 5 kilos during the summer!!!!!! Too much beer, too much peace, too much resting and too much eating… but now I have a purpose and some of the things you mention are in my list too! Maybe I’ll change the jumping rope for walking quickly with the doggie ;D

  2. That is a great TT. I am right on that cliff ready to dive into weight loss. I’m just afraid to start.

  3. What a great list, Ben. The sleep part I know for sure, but I can’t sleep. Haha. Also, I was actually told by my naturopath that I need to eat midnight snacks of fruits and nuts because I always wake up hungry in the middle of the night.

    Recently I lost a lot of weight (unintentionally) because of wedding-related stress. I realized that that’s the bullet train to sudden weight loss. LOL.

  4. Good job Ben. So are you going to start becoming a body builder like Adam now? We’ll have to compare muscles in a month. :)

  5. I think you hit all the golden rules there!

  6. I agree. Making a plan is important when you first start a goal like this so you have direction. Once it becomes habitual, you won’t need to do it as much, though it’s handy to have around.

  7. I totally agree with getting lots of sleep. It makes a HUGE difference.

  8. Ugh. I made the mistake of looking in the mirror longer than I needed to today and had to say hello to middle age differently than I normally do. Guess I have to start with the stickies again. heh.

  9. I absolutely love this blog. I’m doing my morning weight loss blog reading and found your blog.

    I don’t think I’ve been here before, but I’ll be back. Cool blog and thanks for the info.

    Kenney

  10. Loved your post. Thank you, thank you for telling people diets don’t work. You are right on. I started my own challenge 30 days before my 43rd birthday. Luckily I have a friend who is a nutritionist and personal trainer, so she got me on a healthy “eating plan” no diet, and exercise routine. I lost 7 pounds and 2% body fat in 30 days. I’m now in my second month, and I have to say, looking better than I have in probably 12 years. I try to tell women especially, that weight lifting will not make them “bulky” and you will see faster results than with just cardio. Some get it, some don’t. I eat 4 good sized meals a day, all “clean” food. I work out 6 days a week and have so much more energy than I did just 2 months ago. You can read more about my fitness journey on JerseyBites.com. Just search, Fitness Challenge.

    We are now having a competition on my social network for nannies called NannyIsland.com. The nannies are forming groups and starting a “biggest loser” competition. I’ll be sure to tell them to visit your site for tips. Thanks again.

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