I help people lose weight. It's what I do professionally and what I have done personally. I lost 50 pounds in 1990 and have kept it off. The most important thing I teach people to do is to keep food records. By that, I mean you write down everything that you eat, the amounts and the calories. Yes, tedious I know, but the only true way to find out what is going on with your intake, output and your weight.
What I ask people to do is to get on the scale every day. Yes, every day. Write down your weight each day and average it out over the course of a week. This keeps you awake and aware to what is going on. The people who gain the most weight are the ones who give up and stop paying attention.
Then I teach people how many calories a day they need. Women take their weight times 10, men times 12, and that number is the amount of calories you need per day to maintain your current weight, without exercise. So if I weigh 130 lbs. I can take in 1,300 calories a day to maintain my weight. If I add in a 200 calorie workout, I can eat 1,500 calories and still weigh 130 pounds. It's math.
So, I challenge you Huff Po readers to share what you ate today. If you can put in the calories, all the better. If not, I can help estimate them for you. Just try keeping track for one entire day and see what you learn. I promise you, you will benefit from this simple exercise.
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