Ok, first thing you need to do is download the myfitnesspal.com app on your phone, you can so access it online. It acts as a calorie counter, food diary, weight tracker, and other things too. I use my phone because it's ALWAYS with me. It's easy to use, and you can search a restaurant in it and it will usually pull up a nice variety of menu options. I don't even look at the menu when I go to restaurants, I decide from my phone. What you decide on, you select it and it will deduct the calories from your daily limit. Which, 858 calories is not enough. You can put your body into starvation mode which will slow your metabolism way down and you will not lose anything because your body will store your fat and you can also damage your immune system by doing that. I helped my friend use this app too and I told her to start using it on a regular day and eat the way she would normally eat but TRACK EVERYTHING! (we work together so I only saw what she had for lunch) She had a meal which she thought was healthy but was more than 1500 calories! Her daily allotted limit was 1200 so it was already way over the limit. However, track your exercise and it will add calories to your daily limit. Which is a bonus. Oh! I forgot! It's kinda like a facebook for weightloss. If you get friends to do it too, you can make each other accountable and even make it a race. It doesn't say your weight or what you ate for the day but it will post on their "wall" "blank lost 1 pound since her last check in" or blank hasn't logged in for 3 days! She might need some encouragement. Now, as much as I love this app, and it has helped me lose 6 pounds in the last 2 weeks, I do allow myself a free day where I don't track anything. You have to for sainity sake. But get right back on it the next day! Secondly, green smoothies! I TRY to drink one everyday for breakfast. Most people cringe at the thought of drinking a green drink (unless it's green beer on st patricks day right) go to greensmoothiegirl.com or I like better are her you tube videos. Just search green smoothie girl. I don't follow recipes anymore because I know what I like, I pretty much make the same one over and over. The rule is 50/50. 50%greens to 50%fruit. All raw straight from the produce section. Or you could use frozen fruit. Plain frozen fruit, absolutely no sugar.
Here's my recipe for one smoothie:
Put in blender in this order.
1 1/2 or 2 cups water (depending on if you're using fresh or frozen fruit. Frozen makes it thicker so you will need to add a little more water towards the end.)
2 large handfuls of fresh raw spinach or 3-4 cups (don't cringe yet)
BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH! Then add:
1 ripe banana
1 cup fresh pineapple (canned is ok if it's out of season as long as there is no sugar, but usually there is a discounted section in the produce where it's ready chopped and marked down in price)
1 cup frozen fruit ie. tropical mix or mixed berries
Add water if it's too thick.
This makes 1 quart of smoothie and it's delicious. You get at least 7 full servings of fruit and vegetables in your breakfast!!! And remember to track your calories. Even tho it's fruits and veggies, they still have calories. On top of losing weight, you are feeing your body what it really craves. Natural unprocessed food. You will get a great start to your day, you will start to feel a difference in your energy, and see a difference in your skin and hair too. (as long as it's not followed up with a double cheese burger :-/ that would be bad) I have gone back to being mostly vegetarian with the help of these two tools. Not because I feel a moral responsibility to save the animals (which I get heckled at work for) I just simply can't justify eating one thing that will take up my whole days worth of calories. being vegetarian... that sounds scary to someone if they've never considered it before, let me rephrase...making vegetarian-like choices is so much easier with this too. You get so much more food than you would think! If you were starving and had 400 calories for the rest of the day, compare this: 5 mini churros from jack in the box, 346 calories! Or the quesadilla explosion salad from chili's omitting the quesadillas (just tell them to leave them off, it's easier to resist the greasy fatty cheese if they never make it on your plate) and using salsa instead of dressing for 376 calories. AND it does come with grilled chicken! Well, if this doesn't change your mind, I failed lol. I wouldn't put this much detail into an answer for a strangers question if I didn't believe in it. Good luck!
It works for me!
· 8 years ago