Losing weight starts in the kitchen, and what you eat is far more important than how you exercise because weight loss is 70% what you eat and 30% exercise. You can exercise daily and not see the scale move if your diet is not spot on.
With that in mind, I created the Lose Weight by Eating Diet Plan. Below you’ll find a weight loss plan that emphasizes the importance of what you eat over exercise.
Exercise is part of it too, but food is the main focus because this is Lose Weight By Eating. Best of all, the plan and the recipes are all free because weight loss, real weight loss, shouldn’t cost you a fortune.
Follow the 4 Steps below and try to tune out the noise of the fad diets. This tried and true weight loss plan has helped thousands of people lose weight and keep it off.
The 4 Steps to Lose Weight By Eating:
Step #1: Remove all processed foods and artificial sweeteners from your diet.
Step #2: Plan your meals and log what you eat and drink.
Step #3: Move your body more.
Step #4: Drink a gallon of water a day.
Below we will drill down into each step, but before we do that I want to stress that each of these steps are just goals, not rules. If you mess up, that’s ok, we all mess up. It’s what you do after you mess up that counts.
I’ve included a list of FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) at the end of the post for answers to common questions.
Watch my eHow video on the 4 Steps:
You know the saying “I’ll just start again on Monday”? Or the feeling that you have “blown” the day so you might as well splurge all day? This is most often the one thing that holds people back from weight loss success. Instead of using that small splurge, or missed workout to blow it all, hit your “reset” button. Just get over it, we all splurge, using it as a crutch won’t help, and making up for it by skipping a meal is not a good idea either. Just hit your reset button and move on.
Love cheese? How about chocolate? At Lose Weight By Eating we don’t encourage you to give up what you love, in fact the only thing we encourage you to give up is the artificial foods and embrace clean eating.
Clean eating is the best described as removing all processed, artificial foods from your diet and focusing on healthy, whole, unprocessed foods. Your body is from nature, bring it back to nature and reap the rewards of eating clean, like living a longer, healthier life, have great glowing skin and hair, faster weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.
You wouldn’t feed your pet bird cardboard, would you? No, you would feed them nuts and seeds just like the natural food they have in the wild. It’s time to start thinking of yourself as the bird, feed yourself what humans found and grew in the wild hundreds and thousands of years ago, not “frankenfood” made in a laboratory.
How to Eat Clean
The best way to understand and implement Step 1 is to skip the boxed, pre-made foods, and shop the perimeter of the grocery store. By shopping just the perimeter of the grocery store you’ll pick up organic fruits and veggies, lean protein from the butcher and freshly baked bread from the store bakery. You’re only buying fresh food. Of course this is more metaphor than rule. Organic pasta, rice and beans are usually found in isles as well are organic whole wheat flour and spices. Be sure to choose these ingredients in the purest forms, pick up the organic brown rice, not the box of rice mixture with the spices. The only ingredient on the label should be “brown rice.”
You can have your chocolate, but instead of the “sugar free” chocolate candies that are full of artificial sweeteners, have a square of all natural dark chocolate (Chocolate Recipes). As for cheese, choose sharp cheese, you can use less and get the same cheesy goodness, thus saving calories (Cheese Recipes).
If you don’t quite feel comfortable cooking in this way, don’t fret. Lose Weight By Eating is full of easy, delicious low calorie, all natural clean eating recipes that taste like the comfort food you and your family crave.
Fat burning foods are a staple in the Lose Weight By Eating weight loss plan. We make small swaps to recipes to turn them into metabolism boosting foods. For instance, swapping out buttermilk for almond milk in a pancake recipe can cut calories and add natural fat burners to your diet.
Little changes in recipes and your diet can make a big difference in your weight loss success. Check out some of my favorite metabolism boosting recipes.
Top Foods that Burn Fat:
- Hot Peppers
- Green Tea and Coffee
- Whole Grains, Quinoa and Oats
- Grapefruit and other Citrus Fruits
- Lean Poultry and Fish
- Beans and Lentils
- Almonds, Almond milk and Almond butter
- Greek Yogurt
- Spinach and Broccoli
Fat burning ingredients can be added to many recipes. Just keep in mind that organic food will have more nutrition and therefor more metabolism boosting nutrition.
Raw foods also have more nutrition, so a salad with raw spinach will have more fat burning properties than cooked spinach would, so whenever possible have these fat burning foods raw.
I realize this sounds like homework, would it help if we called it studying instead?
By planning your meals and logging what you eat and drink, you will start memorizing how many calories are in your favorite meals and ingredients. Best of all you will learn your own eating habits and cravings, so over time you can better plan your meals to suit your cravings. After a couple weeks if you see you consistently have a 3:00 pm craving for carbs, you can head off that craving in advance with a skinny sandwich at lunch. Or, a sweet craving at 10:00 am can be managed with a sweet oatmeal breakfast.
So as tedious as this one step might seem, it is an important step for both weight loss and maintenance later on and it holds everything together. Having a meal plan helps you manage plateaus while keeping you motivated. In the long run you’ve studied for your new healthy lifestyle and for your new figure. It makes it easier to maintain your weight when you have done the studying. So don’t skip this step, you’re studying for the most important test of your life… your health.
By making a meal plan, you are setting yourself up for weight loss success. Have you ever become extra motivated to exercise after a purchase of a new yoga mat, or running shoes? Making a meal plan is motivational in the same way.
If you sit down and take the time to plan out your meals you are more likely to stick to it, because you took the time to do it. You’ll find it’s easier to stay on plan knowing you have a yummy meal coming up later today, and you’ll be less likely to splurge knowing you have a plan to follow.
Since we are talking about setting a meal plan, we need to talk about how many calories you should eat. If your goal is to lose weight, all you need to know is your goal weight. The equation is easy; add a zero to the end of your goal weight to find your daily calorie goal. Just be sure not to go under 1200 calories per day as this will send your metabolism into preservation mode, which may cause your body to hold onto weight instead of releasing it.
Say your goal weight is 135 pounds, your daily calorie intake should be 1350 calories.
Don’t fret if this seems difficult, below is an example of a super filling 1200 Calorie Diet Plan, just add on snacks to increase your calories.
Weight loss is 70% what you eat and 30% exercise. Many people often think exercise is more important in weight loss and they disregard the healthy diet part. That is why Step #3 is to move more. You don’t have to train for a marathon to lose weight, however exercise will speed up the process and, perhaps more importantly, tone your body.
Many people ask me what to do about extra skin, or loose skin, after weight loss and the answer is always “that’s what exercise is for.” If all you can do is a 20 minute yoga video after the kids go down for their nap, or a walk with the dog after work, find a way to make the most of it. And whenever possible increase the time you exercise, if even by 5 minutes.
How to Lose Weight Without Exercise
So what happens when you can’t exercise? There are many people with health and physical difficulties who can’t exercise in the traditional way. For those people, I assure you that you can still lose weight. Like I said above, weight loss is 70% what you eat and 30% exercise, so if you can’t exercise you have to be spot on with your diet.
You also have to do your best to move your body more. That can mean taking the stairs instead of the elevator or even working extra hard at physical therapy. Do as much as you can, follow the other 3 steps and you will see the weight melt off.
Water is key to losing weight. Besides tasting great, studies have proven that drinking water naturally boosts your metabolism along with many additional water health benefits. It fills you up, flushes your system and naturally increases metabolism.
How Much Water Should I Drink to Lose Weight
On the Lose Weight by Eating Diet Plan, we recommend you try to drink a gallon of water (3 ¾ liters) a day for weight loss. A gallon of water may seem like a lot, but it’s a good weight loss goal to strive for each day. By having 40 ounces of water in the morning, noon and night you will stay full and hydrated. The large amount of water helps increase your metabolism and flush your system, it’s a great aid to weight loss and an easy step that almost anyone can achieve. (1)
If you can’t get to a gallon, that’s OK. Start slow with 60 ounces per day and increase by an extra 10 ounces each day until you are at a full gallon. Here are some tips to help you drink more water.
Below are some frequently asked questions to help answer any questions you may have, including:
- How much weight can you lose in a month?
- How do I stay motivated to lose weight?
- What do I do if I hit a weight loss plateau?
- I don’t like vegetables, how can I lose weight without eating vegetables?
- I don’t like water, what should I drink?
- What is the best artificial sweetener?
- How do I lose weight fast?
Each person loses weight at a different rate. The best thing you can do is set reasonable goals. If your goal is too lofty, it not be reached leaving you disappointed and ready to give up. Often people contact me, disappointed that they lose between 2-3 pounds per week, then I remind them that a weekly average of 2.5 is 120 pounds lost in a year. Try not to look at the short game, look at the long game, it will keep you motivated.
I have heard a lot of people say they lost between 15-25 pounds the first month. If you want to increase that number start with a Detox Diet Week Weight Loss Cleanse on Week #1, then follow up with this plan.
Staying motivated to lose weight can be tough, but it’s key to weight loss. When we skip a workout or overeat and use the dreaded words “I’ll start again on Monday” or “I’ll start again tomorrow” we are missing a great opportunity to learn and move on, to hit our reset buttons. The single most important lesson I can teach you about weight loss is that everyone messes up. It’s the people who mess up and get over it (aka: hit their reset button) that succeed.
It’s also important that you choose reasonable goals. Reasonable goals are paramount; many people will set lofty goals like “lose 10 pounds this week” then they lose 3 pounds and become unmotivated, when in fact 3 pounds is great. 3 pounds per week is 145 pounds in a year!
Set goals you know you can reach. You can always beat the goals, but make sure they are reasonable enough that you are not setting yourself up to lose your motivation.
Lastly, to help you stay motivated I recommend you log your weight loss results so that you can gather an average. You will always have good weeks and bad weeks, but it’s the average that counts. Every weigh in (only weigh in once per week) write the pounds lost on your calendar. At the end of 8 weeks add up all the weight loss pounds and divide by 8 for your 8 week average. This will help you stay motivated and see your results. Anytime you have a bad week, think of your weight loss average and know this is all just part of the process.
Weight loss plateaus stink. You feel great, the weight is flying off, and then all of a sudden it all stops short. These tips can help you come off a plateau or just a bad week:
- Go back to basics. Go through your meal planners and food logs to see what does not match up. Look for possible processed foods or artificial sweeteners in new foods you’ve added to your diet recently. If you’ve stopped logging or planning your meals, take this opportunity to start again. Most often just that one step will pull you out of a plateau.
- Increase your exercise by 1 hour per week. This can be a Saturday morning hike, or an additional 10 minutes on your daily workout. The important thing is to add an extra hour of activity that week.
- Try a week long Detox Diet Week 7 Day Weight Loss Cleanse. It’s a one-week detox cleanse that’s just the thing to give your weight loss a boost and help pull you out of a plateau.
Vegetables are key in weight loss. I know that’s not what you want to hear but it’s true. Luckily on the Lose Weight By Eating site we use hidden veggies to cut calories and trick your taste buds and make it easy to eat veggies. I hide veggies in recipes like Chicken Fajitas, Mac and Cheese and Chili Cheese Omelets, so try a few and have an open mind. These recipes are all “picky eaters” approved, making them perfect for your whole family.
If you don’t like the taste of water try some of my metabolism boosting Fruit Infused Water Recipes. They are a great way to enjoy a sweet treat while doing something good for your body. Just be sure to stay away from the squirt bottles and flavor packets that many people add to their water – they are full of artificial sweeteners that can make you gain weight.
It can be difficult to navigate the artificial sweetener world but generally I recommend staying away from all artificial sweeteners.
Lose Weight By Eating is a long term plan, but if you’re looking for fast weight loss, try out the Detox Diet Week 7 Day Weight Loss Cleanse.
Losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult. With the Lose Weight by Eating Diet Plan, you just have to focus on the 4 Steps and you’ll be on your way to a clean eating lifestyle. You’ll find have more energy, better health, and your food choices will be easier.
I encourage you to share your experiences with me and let me know how you’re doing. Remember, if you mess up, like we all do, don’t give up! Hit your reset button and keep going.