This morning, my bathroom scale showed that I managed to lose all the weight I gained in the past 10-15 years. Guess how I celebrated my accomplishment?No, I did NOT eat a big glass of chocolate mint ice-cream depicted in this post.
That's what the old Visnja would do. Her idea of a weight loss program would be to make herself miserable for nine months, deny herself most of the life's pleasures like vegan ice-cream, Guinness, XL popcorn in the movie theater, and stuffing herself full with mom's oven-baked potatos (there are two moms now: mine and my boyfriend's. They both make delicious oven-baked potato.) And then she would use food as reward. Talking about anti-motivation.The new Visnja celebrated by going for a nice 30-minute run.
I enjoyed every minute of it.
(Look at the pretentious me, speaking of myself in third person, and telling you about my successes! I promise you I'm not like this in real life, only on social media, where I must maintain a more polished version of me because what would people say.
Even my avatar is 'shopped.)
Since I'm sharing this to my "Health, Without The BS" collection, it's appropriate to tell you about the "no BS" part.
The "no BS" part boils down to this: If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, eat mostly plant-based diet, exercise regularly, and don't eat more calories than you burn.
Just eating well is not enough.
Just exercising is not enough.
You have to do both at the same time.
Take it from someone who has lost 25+ kilos in the past and gained almost all of it back.
There is so much bullshit online regarding nutrition. It's so easy to buy into someone else's commercialized flavor of health,
it's rampant online at this moment. If you suspend your critical thinking skills just for a while, you'll develop all kinds of "sensitivities", you'll feel your body drowning in "toxins", you'll adopt a "diet", probably one of the weirder ones, and you'll forget about the basics.What are the basics, again?
- Wanna lose weight? Burn more than you eat.
- Wanna maintain weight? Maintain caloric balance.
- Eat mostly plants.
Here's a 4-min video of a guy who researched where people live the longest and why is that so: bigthink.com/videos/blue-zones-and-diet
and he said the same. Also, beans. We're not eating enough beans.I use the +enquos app (www.enquos.com) to track my food, fitness, weight, symptoms, water intake
+ a number of parameters others might find useful, such as cycle, meds, symptoms, etc. I have been able to fine tune my nutrition well, remove some of the health problems I've been having, and manage my weight loss goals.
Happy calorie counting! It will
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