You know what I'm loving these days?? Loseit.com. That's what I love. This is the first diet to work for me. Loseit.com is about creating a personalized profile, tracking what you eat/exercise and losing weight. I never counted calories until I joined Loseit.com. I know most people say counting calories is so hard. And when I started a few months ago it was. But now? it's fun. I have learned so much about what is crap and what is not. I have had to google almost everything I eat to find out how many ounces it may have, and what the calories are per serving. At first a drag, but now-so helpful!
I don't think I ever realized what I was actually putting in my mouth. Some cake here and a cheese doodle or two there. Cookies, chips, cheese, crackers, frozen yogurt and more. I never ever thought I had to count. But after a while I started gaining more weight then I desired. I went to the gym, but only maintained. Then when I had ankle surgery I stopped all together. I didn't think to ever diet, and when I did, I never stuck with it. All I wanted to lose was about 12 pounds. But 12 pounds on me might as well have been 20. It's hard to lose weight, and I know anyone who is reading this will agree. It's been about 3 months and so far I am down 8.6 pounds. For me this is a major accomplishment! I am so happy that finally something has worked.
Loseit.com allows you to simply add your age, your height and how many calories you would like to lose per week. It then calculates a personalized plan for you and everyday you track what you eat, your servings and ounces, how much you exercise and what you do while exercising and what you are losing or gaining. It let's you add all your information in the designated areas. Then you simply create a profile. You can win badges and this helps with motivation. There is an area to put in your weight, and it tracks you with a graph. This entire site is pretty much graph oriented. It tracks your diet. And many of the brands you eat or the foods will automatically be in their data base. What isn't you research on your own and input it in yourself.
You can even "friend" people on this site. Though I choose not to for privacy reasons. You can post things on your profile and personalize it with a picture. It's a friendly site. Now when I don't sign in, I rush to a computer so I can input my info. It feels good to learn how to eat and have it documented. I swear for 1 straight month I didn't lose any weight, I actually gained, but while I gained I was learning, and once I learned I starting dropping the weight.
For the most part if you are starting to diet, know that veggies and fruits although listed with calories is really limitless like on the Weight Watchers diet (give or take an avocado). Once you start losing weight, you will notice that your calorie intake will decrease. This does not mean eat less, it means eat well. If you are out of calories for the day have an apple! Eat veggies and fruit. Or learn to balance your calories. Know that fish and shrimp are less then chicken and steak. Know that steak is a once in a while thing, while cheese-even just an ounce (size of your thumbnail) is over 100 calories! Know that chips and cookies are most likely not worth it. I tried a GF Oreo Cookie that was 50 calories alone! For one!
I actually walked into Hale and Hearty Soups for a quickie. I was in such a rush to get back to work, that I decided soup would be fast and efficient. I thought it might be lots of calories, but I figured I could deal with a 350 or 400 cal soup. I asked for a large Tomato Cheddar. As she was about to pour, I casually asked how many calories a large would have. She said 740! I was like SAY WHAT??? I said "Don't you dare fill that cup!". I went and got a salad. There was NO WAY I was going to down almost 800 calories for a Tomato Soup!
And that is what I learned from Loseit.com. Prior to this site, I would have had that soup any day!
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