What inspired you to write The Little Book of Big Weight Loss: 31 Rules to Live By?
There were several things that happened around the same time. My doctor said I absolutely had to lose weight. (At my most, I weighed just under 286lbs.) Plus my daughter asked me why I didn’t look like the other moms. It was a simple question, but it made me cry. I wrote my book because I felt that there was nothing that told it like it is. I wanted something that could be read in about an hour and that would give me the correct information to motivate me to start what was essentially becoming a daunting journey. It needed to be a book with no agenda, just good practical information.
What are some of the health benefits resulting from your weight loss rules?
After 30 weeks, I had lost 66lbs. My doctor was smiling and I had just about every mom at the school pick up wanting to know how I had lost the weight so fast. I no longer have hypertension or considered pre-diabetic and the fat around my liver has dissolved. These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to benefits. Most of them are psychological. I feel so much more alive and creative. My brain is working and firing on all cylinders. I don’t feel embarrassed at my size.
As busy moms, what foods should we avoid at all costs in order to lose weight?
1. Soft drink or soda. I don’t want to drink my way to fatness and it is easily done with these high sugar drinks.
2. Highly processed ‘fast foods’ which are full of sugar, fats and other nasties. These can be very tempting to grab when hungry, tired and wanting a quick fix.
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3. “Diet or lite foods” the vast majority of them contain more sugar than the full-fat version.
4. Sugary sweets. Most of them are energy dense but contain very little in the way of nutrition.
Now that we have the inside scoop, how do we get started?
There is no time like now to get started! I would recommend you first clean out your pantry and fridge of all the tempting sugary and highly processed foods. If they are not within arms reach, then you won’t eat them. Stock your shelves with the right foods like fresh fruits and vegetables along with lean, healthy protein. Don’t forget to throw some 85% dark chocolate in as well. Get a good night’s sleep. Then weigh and measure yourself in the morning, and record it in The Little Book of Big Weight Loss. You’re good to go! Believe in yourself because you can do it!
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