Flab to Fab!

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Every day I step out, someone comments on how much weight I’ve lost. I’ve always been slim, but suddenly I’ve noticed that those few stubborn inches that refused to budge from my tummy, are now gone. I look leaner, and I haven’t dieted or exercised.

Unexplained weight loss can be a cause for concern, but my weight loss, while unexpected, is not unexplained. Here’s what I have started doing different in the past year.

1. I used to have rice for lunch, two chapatis for dinner. The chapatis have completely stopped. Now it’s only brown rice. I’m trying to go gluten-free, but while that’s not going to happen anytime soon, the plan is to reduce gluten intake. So no chapatis and no bread.

Bread, by the way, is typically nasty stuff, unless its homemade. Commercial bakers use hydrogenated vegetable fat, or ‘edible’ vegetable fat, and then they add crap like preservatives, sugar. Read the ingredients before you buy, always see the kind of fat used, and stay the hell away from Type II Preservatives.

2. I’ve also drastically cut down on the amount of rice, and am having a lot more veges and daal instead. As a result of stopping chapatis and reducing rice, my carb intake has dropped. Dropping carbs is a sure-fire way to lose weight – but don’t stop carbs totally. Reduce it.

3, I’ve started eating dinner earlier. My husband comes home from work at around 6.15 to 6.30, and we sit down for dinner immediately, before he reaches for junk food. Eat dinner at least 3 to 4 hours before you sleep, and you’ll start shedding the pounds.

4. Oats for breakfast, along with eggs, nuts, fruit. Avoid egg yolk if your cholesterol is high.

5. Nuts through the day, especially along with fruits. A nutritionist once told me that I should eat nuts every time I eat a fruit, to counteract the effect of sugar. Fruit and nuts – the best combination.

6. No deserts.

7. No sugar in my morning tea, but I do have one cup of coffee a day, and I’ve got to put sugar in that. Mmm.

8. While I used to have a glass of banana milkshake every evening, I’ve put a stop to that and now have green tea instead.

In a nutshell, reduce carbs, quit bread, eat an early dinner, drink at least one cup of green tea, stop deserts, and cut down on sugar in your daily cuppa tea or coffee. Looks like I did everything right! My double chin has gone!!! I cannot believe it, I’ve had it for like EVER! And it’s gone! Yippeee!

I think that’s about all the changes I’ve made to my lifestyle, and these were fairly easy changes. Giving up chapati was no biggie since I hated it anyway, and eating earlier came naturally. The hardest thing for me was giving up my spoon of sugar in that tea, but considering we have one or two cups a day, giving it up means you’ll be stopping a LOT of that sugar crap from entering your system.

More crap I don’t eat:

I don’t touch soda/soft drinks. Haven’t had a coke/pepsi regular or diet in over ten years. A glass of really sweet slow working poison? No thanks. My poison is red wine, no more than a couple of times a week, often less than that.

I don’t eat at McDonald’s, and I’d never touch a pizza by Domionoes or Pizza Hut. Call me a food snob, but I’d actually feel like I’d be putting serious shit in my stomach. Every time someone casually tells me, “…and then I stopped at McDonald’s for lunch…” I choke. I forget that there are people over the age of 15 who also eat there. And they’re educated. Maybe there are some healthy options that I am totally unaware of,  but in my current ignorant state I wouldn’t even touch the salad there. I’m pretty sure its going to be awash with pesticides and preservatives, and the dressing will be made with super-crap fat. If you’re a McDonald’s fan, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

Kurkure, Lays and all other forms of chips, baked or otherwise.

Readymade, packaged foods. Super-high in sodium. No packets of daal bukhara.

Just a few tweaks to my already fairly healthy lifestyle (expect for the lack of exercise, damn), and I lost inches. Not too much weight to be honest, but the inches of fat I had here and there are gone. I’m slimmer, but the same weight.

If you want to lose serious weight, try out the tips above, and throw in exercise! I’m gonna start TODAY!