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My New Year’s Resolution is to lose an additional 20 pounds in 2011.  I am happy with my weight loss of 3 pounds this week.  Are you on the journey to a healthier weight?  I am not using the phrase “diet’ because diets don’t work.  Instead in 2010 I decided to make a major lifestyle change.  I eliminated all beverages except water, removed fast food from my life and try to eat healthy portions and by doing so with exercise I dropped 35 pounds.

I wanted to share with you some tips for healthy weight loss.

1.  Increase your protein.

2.  Drink at least 2 liters of water daily

3.  Eat 5 smaller meals a day.

By eating a 1200 – 1500 calorie meal plan and filling 50% plate with veggies, 25% with protein and 25% with whole grains you will start feeling better and lose weight.  One suggestion is to consume you largest meal of the day at breakfast with a medium sized lunch and small dinner.  By adding in 2 snacks you will really be able to see the difference in your waistline.  I made the change to eating my largest meal of the day for breakfast and not only do I feel better but I have the energy I need to exercise and feel better all day.

When it comes to eating healthy many people think that you have to spend a fortune however you can eat healthy and not break the budget  My tips include shopping for fruits and veggies that are on sale, look for clearance and managers specials and freeze to extend the shelf life.  I also utilize overage to pick up fruits and veggies for free!  Though there are not tons of fruit coupons available they do come along.  Also be on the lookout for peelies and coupons at the store!  I have found them but you have to keep your eyes on the lookout when you shop.

Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional and I am not providing medical advise. Always consult with a medical professional before you change your diet or implement a weight loss strategy.

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Comments

  1. says

    Breakfast is the biggest challenge for me. I know it is the most important meal of the day and that is where I will start – that and having healthier snacks around. I could sure use more fruits and veggies.

    • Melissa says

      Breakfast is something I never ate. Since I started eating it and keeping a bowl of apples and a bag of baby carrots on hand it has really helped :-)

  2. Toni says

    I love reading your weight loss stories. I have to tell you that I had gastric bypass & this article is exactly the diet my doctor has me following!! Since August 25 I have lost 75 lbs eating this way.

    Lynn – breakfast is my biggest challenge also. I have never been a big breakfast person. I normally drink a protein shake for breakfast now. It helps by adding more protein to my day.

    • Melissa says

      Thanks Toni! Way to go on your weight loss!

      I eat 2 eggs every single morning. Normally boiled or a protein shake…

  3. says

    I use to be a breakfast skipper, but now it’s my favorite meal of the day.

    Giving up all beverages except water is a hard one for me. It’s something that I’m moving for. Inspiring to see how much it helps.

  4. Geri says

    I love a big breakfast, my biggest problem is not drinking enough water. I have to remember to drink it rather than it being second nature.

  5. Jenina B says

    My biggest health challenge use to be avoiding foods high in fat especially saturated and trans and greasy foods to keep from having gall bladder attacks. But since I’ve had my gb removed I don’t have to worry about that problem. But the most important thing I took from this experience of going through so much pain is that God wants me to eat healthier. So now although I DON”T have to, I still choose healthier foods.

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