Last spring, I wrote about how some small changes made to my eating habits had made an unexpected difference in my weight. Without trying, I had dropped 5 pounds and my clothes were fitting looser than normal. Those changes were simply adding more fruits and vegetables to my diet, basically substituting other snack items with them. I wasn’t eating any less, just eating smarter.
Here I am, almost a year later and guess what–I’ve dropped another 7 pounds! I should also mention that this is after going through the holiday season and as much as I’m ashamed to admit it, not visiting the gym as much as I’d like to in recent months. The best part is that I can honestly say that I never feel like I’m depriving myself of anything. Of course I have a treat here and there when I want one, but on a regular basis I’m eating healthfully and I’m enjoying it! In fact, on the rare occasion when I forget my fruit snack for lunch (typically a clementine this time of year), I’m really missing it.
It’s kind of funny when I think of the time I spent with personal trainers or trying the latest diet to drop the 5-10 extra pounds I had put on with little or no success. All I really had to do was start snacking on some real food and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my meals. I will say it’s not magic and the weight loss didn’t happen overnight, but then again I didn’t put it on overnight so it makes sense it would take some time to come off.
If you’re like me and you’ve been struggling to get a few pounds off, give it a shot. I’m including a 100-calorie comparison chart for fun. It’s kind of interesting when you see exactly what you get for 100 calories and really makes the decision easy as far as what you should be snacking on!