A healthy tropical drink plus the wrap up of my Weightlossophy.
Ok, so this is the last day of my one week detox. The idea was to eat unprocessed foods avoiding gluten, lactose, alcohol, caffeine and meat. I do not feel any effect of this detox, but I lost 4 pounds. 2 will be back as soon as I have a “normal” meal, but even 2 pounds per week is pretty good, right?
Also, this week I was posting my Weightlossophy tips, which I followed when I lost 55 pounds over 7 months last year. So here are the last general thoughts and the recap with links to all the previous tips.
My must-have for weight loss
I have been complaining about weight almost all my life, even when I was pretty skinny as a kid. I had many sporadic diets, after which I almost always gained even more weight. A standard story, really.
This time the primary difference was a very strong motivation and a deadline that came with that motivation. I really really wanted to lose weight and was ready to start the diet “right now.” The problem with many short term diets is that you tell yourself: I am starting a diet tomorrow, today is the last day of “normal” eating, so... let’s binge! And then when you’re dieting one day something goes wrong, someone brings a cake to the office and you eat 2 pieces, you feel that “today is ruined anyway, so let’s binge today and tomorrow back to the diet.” And so it goes on. The problem is that in one binge you can eat 3,000-5,000 or more calories. It will take a week to compensate for it. And by the end of the week you’ll be so demotivated that you’ll binge again.
Now I realize why such diets did not work for me. Because I “wished” I had lost weight, but not “wanted it badly enough” to commit. Don’t begin a serious long-term diet unless you are absolutely motivated, determined and committed. If you plan to start it “tomorrow” or “next Monday,” it would most likely only result in unnecessary suffering and additional weight.
It makes sense, does not it? Why fight so hard for something which is only in the “wistful thinking” category? Just accept that for now you can live with your weight as it is and spend your energy on more crucial things. Don’t bother with diets unless it’s a top priority for you.
I suppose that would be my primary dieting tip :-). If you are motivated, than good luck! And I hope you find some of the tips that I published this week useful. I don’t claim that they would all necessarily work for you - everyone is different and needs a different diet that he can sustain. But even if one of these ideas might appeal to you or inspire you to make some improvements in your diet, I will be very happy. We’re all together in this “diet” thing :-).
Summary of my previously published Weightlossophy tips with links:
And now the healthy tropical drink to celebrate the end of my detox. Tomorrow I am making my favorite apple buns :-)
Mango Ginger Lemonade
Taste 5 (out of 5)
Difficulty 1 (out of 5)
- 1/2 mango (65 cal)
- 1 lemon (15 cal)
- 1 thin slice of ginger
- 1 tbsp agave nectar (60 cal)
- zest of 1 lemon
- 3-4 ice cubes
Total 140 cal, 1 serving
Reserve 1,2 lemon slices for decoration. Crush the remaining ingredients in a blender. Enjoy!
Pretty good :-)