Weight Loss Tip: Snack It, Track It

Discovered this tip on my weight loss journey. It’s a duh, slaps forehead for sure, but it’s still a great tip. 3 years ago when I was trying to lose the weight I gained due to a side effect of a medication I was on I used this same tip and found it did work. I saw that I tended to eat more at certain times and found I’d snack when I was hungry due to boredom or because people were gathering in the kitchen at work snacking and I’d join them just to get away from my desk… I wasn’t even hungry! Once I started writing down what I was eating and when I was able to cut back on my snacking and the pounds fell right off.

For one day, track your current habits by recording what you eat and drink. It doesn’t matter whether you put pen to paper–or use a tracking site or app.People who are the most successful at losing weight typically track what they consume.

On your day of discovery, track:

  • What. List ingredients separately when you know them. For example, if you’re eating pasta with sauteed vegetables, include the oil or butter used in the pan.
  • How much. Estimate in tablespoons or cups.
  • When. No need to track to the minute, but you’ll learn a lot by seeing the difference between what you choose for lunch at noon versus 2 p.m.

The point is not to shake a finger at yourself for your choices. Instead, discover and experiment. What if you ate a little bit less–would you feel just as satisfied? What if small adjustments in the times you eat make a huge difference in your energy level, hunger or weight?

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Losing the Baby Weight

Like so many other women out there who have just given birth, I’m struggling to lose that baby weight. I retained a stupid amount of fluids during my pregnancy, I started retaining excessive water around 23 weeks, and because of this I was unsure of how much weight I had actually gained during my pregnancy. I went to the doctor 1 week after having Wallace and learned I had lost 26 pounds! Obviously that was all fluids and a 8.5lb baby, but I loved knowing that my weight had decreased. Plus, I felt great having lost so much water weight and no longer having swollen feet and legs was just amazing.

Since then I have been struggling to shed those baby lbs. My goal is to lose 20 pounds. I currently walk 1.5 miles every night (John and I take the dog and the baby for a walk) and a few nights a week I manage to slip over to my parents and hit the treadmill for an additional 3 miles of walking/jogging, and I try not to eat after 8pm. I know losing the weight will take time, but I’m impatient and want to get back into my per-pregnancy pants; so I started looking around for some helpful tips. My office has this great partnership with Redbrick which offers various “journeys”, a series of tips to getting healthy, losing weight, reducing stress, sleeping better etc., all for free! I signed up for the 21 Days to Lighten Up Habits and also for Weightloss. I’ll share helpful tips as I discover them. I know losing weight will primarily be a healthy diet, exercise, sleep (yea right, as a mom to a new born), and drinking water. But I’m positive I will find a few helpful tips that will help me lose stubborn pounds.

Below is the first tip I discovered on the journey. If you have any helpful tips please do share! Thanks and I hope everyone had a great 4th of July, ours was very low key 🙂

Be curious about how much you weigh. Explore how and why the number changes from day to day.People who weigh themselves regularly tend to lose weight and keep it off, with daily weigh-ins typically being more effective than weekly weigh-ins.

So for one day, weigh yourself. Here’s how:

  • Weigh yourself first thing in the morning. Put the scale in a noticeable spot to help you remember.
  • Wear as few clothes as possible.
  • Yes, go to the bathroom first.
  • For extra motivation, write down the results so you can track.

Your assignment: Weigh yourself first thing on the first day of your Journey–and any other day you can.