Saturday, October 26, 2013

My 10 Best Tips for Losing Weight

In October, many of us run a mad dash to lose weight before the holiday season. Even ones that try to maintain their weight loss are thinking of ways to keep down the pounds before holiday temptations seduce us to indulge.

Time to think of ways to help. Here's my best 10 tips:

1. First Things First
      Give your body what it needs, give to God your worship and devotion.
      Often we put food on the throne of our lives. No one can lose weight this way.
      Through God comes power.

       Stress, loneliness, boredom, depression; these are things that drive us to overeat.
       Get in the habit of writing out your problems every day. In this way, you release them to God and no longer need worry.

3. Be Colorful
        My husband compliments me on my colorful plates. Vegetables and fruits add orange, red, yellow, green, and purple to your meals. Strive for 5-6 servings of vegetables and fruits every day.

4. Tip the Milk
        (Fat-free, of course) Have 2 servings of dairy a day. Stick with low fat yogurt, cheese, milk. Studies prove we lose better with dairy on our menu.

5. Move It, or Lose It
        Activity is important. Weight loss comes from eating less calories than we use up daily. If we use more calories, guess what, we get to eat more. Leave it to a recovering compulsive overeater to utilize that. If you have leg pain, strengthen your upper body with exercise. If you're overweight and out of shape, take short, slow walks to begin. Do something if at all possible.

     Extra benefits to activity are to lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, relieve depression, increase metabolism, and get our minds off our loneliness.

6. Divine Dining
      Okay, I'm prejudiced since I wrote the devotion book Divine Dining, but long before I wrote this book, I read and still read excerpts from inspirational books that keep my mind on the goal of eating unto Christ. 

    “For wherever I am, though far away at the ends of the earth, I will cry to you for help. When my heart is faint and overwhelmed, lead me to the mighty, towering Rock of safety.” Psalm 61:2 Life Recovery Bible
     Overeating slows our productivity and causes sluggishness and a bad attitude. Our salvation comes not from extra snacks or scrumptious desserts. In devouring these things, we put them in the place of God, but only the one true God can satisfy the weakness of our heart or restore the joy of our lives.
             from Divine Dining, October 26 devotion
7. Get Help
     Find a support group to encourage you. Whether you go to Weight Watchers, a TOPS group, Overeaters Anonymous, or a Christian weight loss group, the support of others who walk where you walk keeps you encouraged, your determination bolstered.
8. New Use for the Frying Skillet
      Refuse to fry meat or veggies. Instead, spray that pan with no-fat cooking spray, put on a lid, and steam those veggies, or stir-fry them with meat. Cook that fish with healthy, good-tasting olive oil.
9. Really? Do I have to use Calories on Oil?
      Health studies show healthy oils like canola, olive, safflower benefits our health with Vitamin E and fatty acids. The thing I like about them is simple. When I eat two teaspoons of oil a day, I don't get hungry.
10.Delete the Sugar, Decrease the Salt
      I'm a sweetaholic. I do best leaving sugar out altogether, but it lies hidden in pasta sauces and prepared foods. Watch the labels. God expects us to be responsible for what we put in our body. It is the temple of God.
Well, there's my top 10. Do you have others? Leave a comment, and let us know. We all need help here.


Lisa Belcastro said...

Great post, Janet.
One of my tricks at home is to brush my teeth immediately after dinner. I normally crave something sweet after dinner. If I brush my teeth, I stop wanting the chocolate or sugary sweet.

Susan said...

My top tips: Don't have a treat mentality about food. Don't idolize certain foods (chocolate), drink a lot of water, eat good fats - they make you full, cut out most sugar.

rose mccauley said...

Thanks for sharing Janet. I use a tablespoon of coconut oil or less in my morning oatmeal with frozen blueberries. As you say, a little oil helps keep our hunger down, and coconut oil is supposed to guard against alzheimers so you get two benefits at once!

Unknown said...

Lisa, I've heard of that teeth brushing trick. I need to remember to use. Thanks for the reminder.

Unknown said...

Wow, Susan, that sums up a bunch of good advice. Thanks. You're right. We have good food. We shouldn't dwell on what we don't need to eat.

Unknown said...

Rose, I've never tried coconut oil. Does it give it a good flavor? I didn't know it helped with Alzheimer's prevention. Folks, that's sure a tip to remember.

Sarah Tipton said...

If snacking is your downfall, taking up a craft that keeps your hands busy can help stop the hands from traveling from bowl to mouth. I crochet or knit while watching TV or doing other activities that often link themselves with mindless eating. And since it's the holiday season, it's the perfect time to make some handmade Christmas presents!

Unknown said...

Oh, Sarah, how I wish I could do something like that. I'm not creative at all except for writing. I have a friend that makes pot holders for everyone she knows. They're beautiful & have helped her keep off her weight for years. Good tip, Sarah, & good timing. Thanks.

Unknown said...

Rose, I did some checking on coconut oil. It has 117 calories for 1 T. (Not bad) Also, studies have proven it gives a boost to the metabolism. Mmmm, I've got to get me some.

Allen Dawson said...

Sugar also increases weight. It is better to low the amount of sugar in diet. There should be less fat in meal. Your post is full of important information.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Allen. You're so right. it's important to eat a diet low in fat & sugar content.

Ellie Gustafson said...

Good post, Janet! I would add that along with extra virgin olive oil, you might try virgin coconut oil. Every bit as good for you.