The sad reality of weight loss is that you can exercise twice a day, seven days a week and you’ll still enjoy only minimal success in losing weight. Not all foods and drinks are created equal, so simply eating less of the junk won’t yield the same results as will changing your diet to healthier foods. Though the change is difficult at first, and may even taste “not quite the same” as the processed foods you usually enjoy. With time you will come to prefer the healthier diet.
If you’re ready to lose weight, you might want to consider “subbing.” This is not simply subbing foods you enjoy with something that is not close to what you wanted, but subbing your junk foods with a simliar, healthier choice. This is the simple craft of substituting foods and drinks you regularly consume with things that are healthier, contain fewer calories and, in some cases, keep the body satiated longer. Obviously, eating less calories will result in weight loss. But how do you overcome your desire for soda, pretzels, bagels, pasta, etc.? You do it by subbing.
You love hamburgers, right? Who doesn’t? Well, instead of the bun, why not eat it wrapped in lettuce? Most hamburger buns are nothing but empty calories you don’t need. Do you enjoy butter? Sure you do. But if you take more notice of the choices in the refrigerated isle at the grocery store you will see a few alternatives like Earth Balance that is made with non-hydrogenated healthy oils with no animal products and tastes just like… you guessed it: butter. Here are a few other ideas:
Instead of potato chips: try hummus chips.
Instead of cereal: try oatmeal from stone cut oats
Instead of croutons: try seeds, the available variety and flavor is endless