Denial. Denial. Denial. When it came to losing weight, I was in major denial.
I used to think if I didn’t eat carbs (but ate as much fat and protein that I wanted) I would lose weight. I used to think if I eliminated dairy and grains, and just ate like a “caveman” I would lose weight. I used to think that if I combined foods in a certain way, I would lose weight. The insanity went on for years. (You can even see the progression in some of my blog posts!) I even blamed it on my age (early forties) and thought, it’s just impossible to lose weight.
Well, I’ve lost 20 lbs. and would like to lose about 20 more. It has taken a long time. (I started in Feb. 2012). I just eat healthy foods most days, follow Weight Watchers PointsPlus online most days and continue to hit the treadmill a couple time a week.
I love to eat a lot. It’s all about volume for me. Losing weight is all about calorie restriction, so how could I ever lose weight when I love to eat so darn much?
With the Weight Watchers new PointsPlus program, weight loss is finally possible. It really does come down to eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and foods that help me stay full, yet are lower in fat and calories. This is where I get the volume in without racking up the points.
When I was counting calories, I would be down to a few hundred calories left for dinner, it was only around 2 in the afternoon, and I was hungry. I would get so frustrated, that I would literally throw my day out the window by eating a bunch of junk food. There. I showed me.
What’s nice about the WW plan is that, in my mind, there is no running out of calories. My calories are limited through my allotted points and this limited amount accounts for ‘the free” calories from fruits and vegetables consumed. I can have a piece of fruit or some extra vegetables with dinner.
Here are my go-to convenience foods. I eat these (with other stuff of course) nearly every day and these have kept me full and satisfied, and yet, “a loser.”
Top 5 Convenience Foods for Weight Loss
Chobani Yogurt – 0% non-fat plain yogurt. I have eight ounces over the course of a day. It’s great with a little sweetener, mixed with fruit. I use it for smoothies too. The yogurt is packed with protein. Combine that with the (water-filled) fresh fruit and it is a very filling snack that keeps me satisfied for hours.
Joseph’s Flatbread (multi-grain) – I love how each big slice of this flatbread has only 100 calories (that’s only 2 Weight Watchers Pointsplus.) I use it to make hot veggie roll-ups with cheese, a turkey sandwich stuffed with lettuce, tomato and red onions or a flat bread pizza with mozzarella cheese and sauteed peppers and onions.
Progresso Light Soups – It doesn’t matter how hot it is outside, I can still sit down to a nice hot bowl of soup, especially when it has only 1 Pointsplus! The Progresso Light Vegetable and Wild Rice soup is delicious any time. Pair this with a hot veggie roll-up and I’m satisfied.
Wyman’s of Maine Frozen blueberries – I have them on hot or cold cereal, mixed with yogurt and as part of a fruit smoothie. I buy these in the 3 lb. bag and I am lucky if they last me the week – and I am the only one who eats them! Who knows, they may be giving me an extra boost when it comes to weight loss.
VitaMuffins – I’ve saved the best for last. Chocolate Vitamuffins! I always save a few points to have one of these a day. That’s right every single day. I’ve figured out how to satisfy a chocolate craving on any given day and still lose weight. Yeah for me! Oh, and don’t forget to top this with some fat free cool whip!
According to Dr. Oz, to lose weight, it is best to automate most meals by eating the same things every day. With these filling, tasty convenient foods, I find it’s easy to do just that.
What convenience foods have you used to help you lose or maintain your weight?
Kristi Maloney is a work from home mom to two boys ages 9 and 12. Since 2009, she has featured in-depth product, and book reviews and hosted high-quality, exciting giveaways on her blog Moms Own Words. When she is not blogging about life in New England, tips on everything and anything, recipes and the antics of her boys, you can find her providing taxi, laundry, meal preparation and decluttering services for her family. Email at maloney(dot)Kristi@gmail(dot)com.
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