Last week I talked about how I’m working from home now, so I’m eating way fewer prepared foods. This means I’m eating less sodium and preservatives. Some of my go-to items for snack foods these days are peanuts and almonds, apples, clementines, multigrain cereal bars, and protein shakes. I eat a lot of cereal too. My favorites are Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, because it tastes pretty good and it has a ton of fiber, and also Wegman’s brand Shredded Wheat (as I mentioned last week, Wegman’s is a big local grocery store chain). I’ve almost completely eliminated candy from my diet. I used to have a Diet Mountain Dew or a Cherry Coke Zero in the morning to help me wake up, but I almost never have either of those these days either. The other big change that I made in my diet is that I seldom drink anything but water along with my meals anymore. I used to drink cranberry juice, orange juice, or cider with my meals, but by eliminating those, I’m ingesting less calories each day. This is a picture of me now.
I’m a shade under six-foot-two, and my weight prior to changing to this new diet was usually between 171-174 pounds. That isn’t overweight by any means, but I felt like I lacked definition, especially around my midsection. These days I’m usually weighing in about 166 pounds, and I feel like I look better and I’ve got more energy. The diet combined with exercising two or three times a week has worked wonders. In a future post, I’ll talk more about my exercise regimen. In the meantime, I would recommend using some of my tactics if you want weight loss, Rochester residents. Substitute water for juice or pop with your meals, try incorporating more fiber into your diet, and try to cut down on prepared foods, if you can. If any of you guys have come up with similar diet tips, I’d be happy to hear about them. Till next time, here’s to your health!