Have you been searching for a way to get back into shape without killing yourself on your stair-stepper or treadmill? Have you tried weight loss programs before, but didn’t see the results you were looking for? While my wife and I both got trim in about 2 weeks, I can’t say that we have the secret recipe for success in weight loss. However, when we started focusing on eating better, the pounds just seemed to melt away.
My Typical Diet
When I was in college, my diet was terrible. I think it mostly consisted of hot dogs, pizza, mac & cheese, and pop tarts…. it was not a healthy intake.
As an adult, I would like to say that my eating had matured, but it really didn’t change that much. I thought I was eating healthy, but I really wasn’t there yet.
Every morning, I’d eat a bagel that was smothered in cream cheese and drink a protein shake. For lunch, I typically had some left-overs from the previous dinner (which was normally pizza or something similar), and for dinner I would eat either a burger, pasta (dripping with butter and oils), or the already-mentioned pizza.
Most everything I ate was prepackaged and was high in carbs and sodium. Now, I didn’t grow to an obese weight from this diet, but I was on the high end of normal. Since I had always considered myself to be a “trim” person, this really concerned me. And, when I discovered that my triglyceride levels were higher than normal, I decided that it was time to watch what I ate.
During my transition I was able to attend a few health seminars at work, which helped me understand what I should and shouldn’t be eating. It was really pretty simple on the surface: eat foods that are as close to natural as possible. For example, strawberries are plucked straight from the fields and delivered to the store (don’t get technical on me please, I know that some strawberries may have unhealthy growth hormones…blah blah blah…but that’s not the point of this post, so I’m not going to go there). There is only one step in producing this food.
Pop-tarts on the other hand are not very natural. There are multiple steps that go into creating a pop-tart, which typically puts it into the “unhealthy” category.
With that small bit of information, I began to eat differently. Here is my typical meal plan today:
Breakfast: strawberry smoothie (6 strawberries, low-fat yogurt, and ice chips mixed in a blender), banana, and a small bowl of granola
Lunch: 2 sandwiches with lean white turkey and non-processed swiss cheese, banana, and sometimes a few almonds or grapes
Dinner: green beans and potatoes with chicken, or fish with squash and zucchini
I didn’t really expect to see weight loss results, but after only a week, I noticed that I had lost 9 pounds! And, as I said in the title, I lost 15 pounds after 2 weeks of eating healthy!
Does This Help Me Financially?
Since my site is mainly for financial tidbits, you might assume that this life experience will ultimately relate to personal finance somehow. If this was your assumption, then you’d be right!
Think about it. 1 out of 3 people in the United States is obese, mainly from unhealthy eating, and what does this lead to? Increased medical expenses! If you eat right and stay trim (as well as exercise), you can most likely avoid many of these expenses down the road!
So join me in healthy eating. You’ll most certainly live a longer, more fulfilling lifestyle, and you might even shed some pounds too!
Have you ever altered your eating habits like I did? Did you notice weight loss too?
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