Losing weight from a purely objective mindset should be very simple, don’t eat so much! But in reality, it is hard to do that especially when we are left to do it all alone. We always give ourselves more credit than we should and for some reason think that we are the exception to health rules by saying things to ourselves like, “I know this cupcake is not good for me, but surely I won’t get fat if I eat this, I mean I worked out for 10 minutes yesterday.” Or when thinking about what we ate over the last week, “hmm I probably ate right about as much as I should have and I’m just not sure why it’s not working…”

Reality check! If you want to lose weight IT WILL TAKE WORK! You need to change your habits. It will be hard. You need to persevere. You need to think about it. You need to plan ahead. You need to change how and what you are eating. AND you need to ask and trust the Lord if this is something that HE desires for you, that HE will do it in you. That’s just the truth. There are no shortcuts, there are no 3 step plans, there is no amount of money to be spent that can change your HEART to lose weight. Being disciplined in anything takes work and is very rewarding. (for those still not convinced… you do not  not discipline your children because it takes too much work… right?) So here are a few thoughts to bring healthy eating down to a normal person’s level. Remember YES it will stink not eating cookies, pie, fries, panda express, whatever, but give yourself 12 weeks. That’s it, then slowly and in moderation bring your favorites back into the mix.

Calculate your BMR

Plug it into the Harris Benedict equation to find out how many calories a day to eat

Remember:

  •  1 pound is 3500 calories, so this needs to be subtracted from your calories per day. OR exercise to lose that many calories.
  • Long Term Health takes time only lose 1-2 pounds per week. At the beginning you will probably drop a bit more due to regular hydration and less bloating.
  • Water is your friend. Drink your body weight divided by 2 in ounces each day.
  • Fill up on veggies, complex carbs and lean protein. Limit sugars and trans fats.
  • READ Labels. Look for calories, low carbs, low sodium, low sugar
  • Eat during the day. Each meal or snack should be about 1/5 of your calories for the day. (you got it, eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day about 3 hours apart.)
  • Plan ahead. I take all my little snapwares of food to work everyday. Easy.
  • Try it for 12 weeks, what do you have to lose? Recruit your spouse or friend.
  • Pray and trust the Lord.

Bottom line, if you want to lose weight do it. If you don’t, that’s fine. Just don’t complain about it.