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First let’s finish up our calorie discussion. So, diet deception number one was you have to starve. But you don’t. You can still lose weight eating cookies, pizza, ice cream, and even spaghetti and bread. Going on a diet doesn’t mean you have to give up all the foods you love. Yes, moderation is key, but you don’t have to eradicate the foods you love completely from your diet in order to lose weight. In fact, eating the foods you love is a sure way to stay on track and to not signal that binge eating demon that lies deep within your soul.

A calorie is a calorie. Plain and simple. 

But are all calories created equal?

Yes and no.

There is a difference, however, between the calories from a drive-thru burger joint and one made from scratch at home with simple ingredients. Fast food restaurants, and other places for that matter, are about the convenience. They want to get it to you as quick and efficient as possible. This means having products that are usually parbaked, processed and ready to go after heating. This also means they have added fillers such as preservatives, dyes, saturated fats, and God knows what else.

A burger you make at home, though, you control the ingredients. You know what you are putting into the concoction, therefore making it a much healthier and better option than that quick heart attack in a sack. Will it take you longer to get? Sure. But what is more important? Your health or convenience?

If we stop and actually think about our food choices, it helps us get better results. If we “fill up” on the good, whole, high nutrient foods, then we don’t have room left for the “bad” stuff. No, I’m not saying you have to give up all the bad stuff, but what I am saying is what if you thought about it like this…how can you make the meal better? How can you still enjoy foods you love, but in a healthier way? 

If you like apple juice, try eating an actual apple. When you are drinking the “juice” of a fruit, you are basically drinking its sugar. By eating the fruit itself, you get the nutrients in the flesh or skin, as well as getting to chew your calories! I don’t know about you, but I like to chew my food, not drink it. I want to feel full after I’m finished eating. Sure, I enjoy a protein shake every now and then, but I’d rather eat chicken, rice, and some broccoli instead of drinking a meal. 

Instead of regular peanut butter try the natural kind or even almond butter. Instead of white bread, opt for the higher fiber wheat variety. Instead of sodas, drink more water or even a flavored water. Instead of hitting up Starbucks 3 times a week, get the ingredients to make your own at home. Small changes add up to big results. I challenge you to see if you can find something just a little bit better for your next meal! 

See, dieting isn’t about eliminating things from your diet. It’s about keeping all the foods you love but making them “better”. Imaging you are craving a pizza. This craving is so hardcore you’d consider chewing your way through cinderblock walls in order to get one. I know, I’ve been there. You could call up a pizzeria and order a large supreme with all the fixings and that garlic butter that comes with it that you love dipping the crust into. Or, you could go to the store, get your own ingredients, and be able to satisfy your craving while keeping it a healthier option.

Okay, okay. I know you’re a chomping at the bit to know about those tools I told you about earlier, right? Well, strap on your seatbelt and get ready for a ride because I’m about to blow your tits off. You have 2 (yes 2) tools that you carry with you at all times. They are always there, and you will never lose them (unless there have been dire circumstances). They are convenient, practical, and extremely useful.

So, what are they, Cassandra?

What are you using to hold this book right now? No, I’m not talking about your e-reading device. What is holding onto that?

I’ll give you a second. (Insert annoying Jeopardy music here…)

Ding.

Ready? Did you figure it out?

Well, if you didn’t, it’s your hands.

Hold the phone. Your h-a-n-d-s? Like those crazy things with fingers that are attached to your wrist that you use to text and type and stuff?

Yep.

How in the ever-living f— do you use your hands to help you lose weight?

This is where I blow your tits off.

There is an easier way to be able to know what your portions should be without having to count calories or measuring! 

You don’t need to count calories to get the right portions in order to lose weight. Instead, just use your hand to measure! This keeps things simple, easy, and a sure way to keep you on track. No need to carry your food scale in your purse everywhere you go. No need to pull out that fitness app to log your food and guess how many calories you are eating. No need to carry around multi-colored containers to put all of your food in to measure. Just use your hands!

Women should get one of each at every meal. For men, two of each for every meal. Based on those calculations, women eating 3-4 meals a day would be consuming around 1200-1800 calories a day and men around 2300-3000 calories a day. 

So simple right?

Did your tits actually blow off?

Not only are you ensuring that you are getting adequate portions, but if you space out your meals (meaning eat 4-5 meals every 3 hours or so) you not only will stay full and satisfied, but it keeps your body burning fuel all day long. Instead of eating 3 really large meals, eat 4-5 smaller ones. That way you aren’t going lengthy periods of time between meals and reach that “omg I’m starving and I could eat literally anything right now” moments. You know what I’m talking about? Those moments when you feel like your belly button is going to eat your backbone and that bottle of glue siting on your desk even looks tempting at the moment. Okay, so maybe that’s being a little dramatic, but you get the jest of it. Don’t let yourself get to that point of feeling like you are starving. That can lead to overeating and we all know what overeating leads to.

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