Where does one start in order to lose the extra weight they have accumulated over the years. The best place to start, is to realize that losing this weight is about a life style change. In my first post I talked about it being a habit. This takes time and one needs to be patient. You must daily make a conscious effort to practice these habits until they become a seamless part of your life.
The first habit is to keep a food diary. A food diary consists of you writing down what you eat on a daily basis. This will give you a visual reference of what you are eating and how much you are eating. Most importantly the food diary will help you become aware of how many calories you are consuming. Nancy and I have decided to become more aware of the amount of calories we are consuming by tracking what we eat in a food diary. Let me say our eyes were open. Some of the things that we assumed to be low in calories and semi-healthy were shockingly the opposite. Some things we knew were high in calories, were not just high in calories, they were ridiculously high in calories! A fiesta lime chicken dinner at Applebee's 1,285 calories and 47g of fat.... Yikes! Throw in a regular coke or two and your hovering around 1,500 calories in just one meal. Holy saddle bags Batman! The food diary helps educate you about what you are eating. You go from ignorance to awareness. Seeing is believing and for most people who try this, it is certainly an eye opener.
My next post I will go into more detail about how to keep the food diary, until then start looking at the labels of your favorite foods and see how many calories you are consuming.