I see it every time I look in the mirror. The same dress that would hug my body in all the right places, it’s now trying to strangle it!

I can’t stand hate in my life. All the diets wickedly encourage people to hate the food they love. I think we know from the Shakespeare tragedy that this is not going to end well.

I wrote this article for those who want to get rid of the hate in their lives, boost their confidence, and become stronger.

I confess: I love food: pork ribs, sausages, fries, eggs, chocolate, brownies, donuts, cake 🙂 Oh, and Cola…every day!

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I also love my short summer dress I got on my last vacation. Lately, I don’t feel the reciprocity so much anymore…

Here are 9 steps I follow from time to time, when the clouds of fatness are covering my beach body:

  1. Set a very specific goal: “I want to lose 8 pounds by June 23rd, when I will go on vacation. Without a specific goal it’s much harder to make any kind of sacrifice.”
  2. Set up an approximate eating program that I must follow in one day. I think it’s important to eat 5 times a day.
    1. Morning: This is the time to go crazy. Some nutritionists believe that breakfast should be the most consistent meal of the day. I prepare it the evening before, so that I have it ready in the morning when I wake up. This makes me excited about waking up!
    2. Between meals I eat something light, like a fruit, or yogurt.
    3. Noon: I try to eat as healthy as I can: fish, vegetables, soup, chicken, fish. Just don’t overeat though. And I skip the dessert.
    4. Between meals, again, I take an apple, or other fruits. Or drink a yogurt.
    5. Evening: at dinner, I also choose something healthy, and I eat less than a normal size portion.
    6. Later in the evening, to trick myself I drink a cup of tea, or a glass of wine. Or, why not, some yogurt again.
  3. I break the plan into smaller chunks of time and check the progress periodically. I weight myself each week. Seeing progress makes me happy and motivates me to continue. Also, it’s easier to think about eating like this for 5 days at a time than for a month.
  4. Reward yourself! I take a day of week to reward myself. I chose Saturday, and that’s when I eat all the things I’ve been craving for during the week. For me it’s popcorn! Chocolate! Cola! Ice cream!
  5. The hardest day is the first day. For me it’s like a psychological step. After the first day, I feel so strong that I believe I can do this!
  6. No exceptions. It’s so important! Even if  it’s a colleague’s birthday and he brings goodies to work, or if I am going out tonight.
  7. Try to drink lots of water. I can see my skin drying, or I feel an overall sense of dryness if I don’t drink water. Around 2 liters per day.
  8. The evenings are the hardest for me. Sitting on the couch and watching TV, or browsing on my laptop, all I want to do is eat. In these moments I try to think: This is it! In this moment I am losing weight. I don’t want to ruin this. How strong am I! Also, I think about what I’m going to eat in the morning. If there’s something I need to prepare, like pasta, or other dish, I enjoy cooking it and thinking of eating it next morning. This makes me very happy, opposite to how I would feel if I were to eat it then.
  9. Look for ways to keep yourself busy so you don’t think about food. Like, I am doing some small tasks that I’ve been delaying. I feel a sense of satisfaction and I no longer think about what I have in the fridge. Or, I am developing a hobby. I always wanted to paint and draw. I started to study this area and I spend most of the evenings or free time painting and drawing. The time just flies!

With this strategy I lose approximately 2 pounds a week.

Follow this and you’ll have love in your live!

Important note: Maintain the love! After I’ve reached my goal, I need to keep my weight under permanent supervision. I weight myself weekly, and if I see the indicator going up, all I have to do if follow the above steps. The  closer eye I keep on the scale, the shorter are the “dieting” periods.