Originally Posted by simonbaker
Will you share your secrets?
No secrets really, but I'll tell you what I have been doing.
I walk every morning before work, about 1.5 miles around the neighborhood. It takes me about 35 minutes, so not too fast but not to slow.
I also walk after work, usually try for another 1.5 miles that includes taking the dog or dogs for walks. During the summer I sometimes walked 3 miles after work.
I cut out almost all soda and soft drinks. I'll have one occasionally, maybe every few weeks or if I'm out. I drink water, unsweetened tea, coffee, and 100% fruit juice. Oh and I use milk in my coffee, not those "creamers".
I cut WAY back snacking at night. I used to have ice cream or a dessert every night and then chips or something else as a snack. Now those are special treats. I haven't given them up, just maybe once or twice a week and only one thing (if I have dessert, not snacking later).
I started paying close attention to portion/serving sizes. I started out measuring everything so that now I can eyeball them better when I am plating up my meals.
I do eat 3 meals a day and drink lots of water.
We never bought a lot of the processed foods/meals anyway and budget-wise we have limited eating out / take out food to a few times a month so those weren't a problem. Oh, I do try to have a salad almost every night with dinner.
So except for the soda, I really didn't completely cut out anything. I still eat almost all of the same foods I always did, just smaller amounts and more realistic proportions. I didn't go low-fat, or low-carb, or anything else. Well, I do use 2% milk, but I still cook with cream and butter if the recipe calls for it, use mayonnaise, salad dressings, eat cheese, etc.