3 TIPS TO HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT FEELING HUNGRY
Article by Sara Davenport
Photo Credit: Dasha & Mari
Magazine: Issue #29
I know how frustrating dieting can be. It feels like an uphill battle. Trying to lose weight and restrict calories, but still having a life can feel like pure torture!!
Let’s be honest, how many times have you heard, “Calories in - Calories out”? That seems to be the way of the dieting world, but if that was the solution, wouldn’t people just lose the weight and be done with it? There wouldn’t be this epidemic of yo-yo dieting and the vicious cycle of weight loss/gain. What if I told you there’s another way to approach dieting and weight loss that doesn’t have to feel so painful and like starvation? Would you be interested? Of course you would! The Oasis Project has a new philosophy about dieting that just might trip your trigger!!
Here are 3 tips to help get you started on your journey:
1 :: Change your timeline. I know. I know. This isn’t what you want to hear, but trust me, if you let go of the idea that you need to lose weight in an insanely short amount of time, you will actually give yourself a chance to succeed! I know you’ve heard the saying, “slow and steady wins the race”, right? It’s a saying we all know because it’s true!! Think about it this way - how long did it take you to gain the weight? None of us gain the weight as quickly as we think we should lose it. Give yourself permission to take the time it takes. The stress you are putting on yourself to lose weight quickly is actually working against your best efforts. So relax and take a deep breath and make friends with your body and the process!
2 :: Embrace “Crowding In”. Crowding In means to start adding in healthier foods and habits without getting rid of your not so healthy ones right away. So, instead of thinking you have to do a 180 and quit sugar, fried foods, caffeine, dairy, gluten, meat, etc etc all at once - just slow your roll and start adding in some healthier items. Try some new fruits and veggies in your day or a little more water. Make a commitment to yourself to start adding in one new thing a day or a week - whatever feels doable to you! Slowly, you will start phasing out the old habits replacing them with the new habits.
3 :: Make an effort to get into the kitchen and start cooking real, whole foods. This might sound like too much for some of you - so I encourage you to start small! Buy an apple, some nuts and then cut up the apple into slices and eat it with the nuts - that’s whole foods cooking at home at it’s most simple!! If you are more seasoned at cooking, just work on making a few more meals at home. When we cook at home, we have complete control over what actually goes into the food AND we get the benefit of Vitamin L (Love) - oh wait, too hippie dippy!?!? HA! Well, I know it sounds cheesy but it’s true. There’s so much more to eating than just the damn calories!! Preparing food with your own hands and sharing a meal with someone you care about creates a completely different experience for your body and health. Try it out and see what I mean!!
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As a recovering modeling agent turned trained chef and health coach, Sara Davenport understands the frustration, pain and overwhelm connected with our relationship to food and body image. Her heart warming approach invites you to examine your relationship to food inviting you to fall in love with it again while learning to make cooking easy, healthy AND ridiculously delicious for you and your family! The Oasis Project empowers women through food instead of fighting against it. If you want to learn more about how to start shifting your approach to dieting and weight loss that actually gives you a fighting chance, sign up for her email list and she’ll send you a free audio class to teach you how to stop starving yourself and actually lose weight!