Confession: Sometimes I Need to Do a Reset to Jump Start My Weight Loss and Get Back on Track
I received this email from a reader a while back…
“Hi Martha, thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes it really helped. Lately I have been struggling to get back on track. I don’t seem to be doing anything differently but I am just stuck. But with these new recipes every day I am trying to figure out how to get back on track.” ~C. B.
Can you relate? I certainly can. Even after all these years.
I think we all feel stuck and struggle getting back on track sometimes. It’s a natural part of life’s journey. The key is to refuse to give up.
One thing I like to do after a period of excessiveness is to shake up my routines and hit the “reset” button for a few days until I’m feeling more in control. So today I’m sharing 3 of my favorite ways to jump start my weight loss and get back on track:
- Turning Slip Ups into Opportunities for Lasting Weight Loss Success
- Easy Healthy Crock Pot “Back on Track” Soup
- Helpful Ways to Stay on Track in Stressful Times
3 Ways to Jump Start Your Weight Loss
Weight Loss Jump Start #1: Cereal
A favorite strategy that works beautifully for me is to opt for cereal for dinner and/or lunch for a few days. I choose a low sugar/high fiber cereal topped with fruit and skim milk or unsweetened almond milk.
Some of my favorite healthy low WW SmartPoints cereals include:
*Oatmeal (plain, unsweetened)
*Special K (original)
*Shredded Wheat (plain)
*Fiber One (original)
*Cheerios (original or multigrain)
The reason I believe this works well for me? Eating cereal totally removes my desire to have a glass of wine, which can easily morph into 2 or 3 if I’m not careful. And it also takes away the desire for dessert. The cereal and fruit is sweet enough.
Weight Loss Jump Start #2: Soup
Opting for soup for lunch and or dinner can also work well. While homemade soup is great, there are lots of light soups to be found at the supermarket that will work, including, Amy’s Organic (Chunky Tomato Bisque), Progresso Light, Campbell’s Healthy Request & Well Yes! and Pacific Foods.
Soup has been a magic weight loss ingredient for me through the years and the research agrees. Many studies confirm that consuming soup improves satiety (the feeling of fullness) so that we eat less and take in fewer calories which is great for weight loss.
Once you discover all the benefits of soup for health and weight loss, you too will become a soup nut. My Skinny Soups eCookBook brimming with easy, healthy, delicious recipes for the slow cooker and stovetop will help!
Weight Loss Jump Start #3: Portion Controlled Frozen Meals Like Smart Ones or Lean Cuisine
Packaged frozen foods, such as Weight Watchers Smart Ones, can help you control your calorie intake and make food preparation easy. Including frozen diet meals like Smart Ones in your diet can help you to stay within your calorie guidelines with smart food choices and portion control.
You can use Smart Ones or Lean Cuisines as the mainstay of your diet, supplementing with fresh fruits, vegetables and low fat or fat free dairy products for adequate calories and nutrition or just have a Smart Ones entree occasionally when there’s not time to cook or use them for quick and easy lunches or dinners.
By making them the mainstay of my meal planning for a couple of weeks, I find that I’m able to jumpstart my weight loss and get back in control.
Do you have a favorite strategy for jump starting your weight loss and/or getting back on track after a period of overindulgence? Let us know in the comments below!
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