I’m sorry. I really am. That horrible thing everyone has been saying forever is true. If you want to lose weight you have to sustainably and consistently create a calorie deficit. I’ll give you a moment of silence to mourn..
The experiment with the 3 day deal was predictably a complete and utter failure. I came home from my 4th weekend up a pound from my original weight (which would have happened no matter what because I spent the whole of the holiday weekend shoving food in my face.. but still..) I am convinced that any time you actively deprive yourself of a food or group of foods, you are setting yourself up for one hell of a binge later on down the road. As they say “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
Things that actually do help
Of course, will power is the best thing you can possibly hope to have, but, if you are anything like me and are completely and utterly useless in that department, here are three things that I found that really help.
1. Calorie counters/ diet trackers
The absolute best innovation to weight loss/ diet alteration are the many free calorie tracking apps/ sites that are available. Most (if not all) offer some kind of premium membership for a fee. As long as the app has accurate calorie values and you are able to log EVERYTHING that goes in your face, there is really no need to upgrade to any kind of paid membership.
I have personally used Lose It! and My Fitness Pal. I used lose it the most in the past, but have recently become frustrated with conflicting or down right incorrect calorie data, a lot of food options that are unavailable, meaning you have to go through a couple of the same item before you are able to actually select and log, and many of the “checked” foods are even inaccurate. I am now back to using my fitness pal and am very pleased so far. I have also heard good things about Fat Secret. There are many others out there, and if you find another really great one, please share it in the comments.
2. A food scale
If you’re going to be logging your food, you’re going to need to know how much to log. Measuring your food by weight is the very best way to do this. (You should see how much pasta I can pack into a 1 cup measurer… it’s insane.) At first it is a pain in the ass to pop everything on the scale, but after a while it becomes second nature. I actually just put my plate on the scale and tare it for each item I will be eating, or I build food like sandwiches/salads etc. right on there.
After having a couple, I personally like the more compact digital models that go to a tenth of an ounce. I have never had an expensive or super fancy food scale, and I really fail to see why on earth it would be necessary for this purpose. I currently have this scale and I love it.
3. Comfortable shoes
Oh fuuuuckkkk. I know. I know. I’m right there with you, but in order to consistently create a deficit we actually have to exercise more. Just go for a walk.. it’ll be nice.