I’m not going to lie. I’m super gullible. I’m the girl who’d look up at the ceiling when someone told me gullible was written on it. So naturally I’ve bought in to weight loss fads and gimmicks. I’ve gone down the road of Garcinia Cambogia and the Acai Berry Cleanse, Hydroxicut and Diurex, and so on. I’ve even tried out waist trainers and body firming lotions. It took me quite a while to figure out I was throwing money at empty promises. Even with my husband rolling his eyes at me and trying to tell me as much.
It seems after all the trial and error and false hope, I still keep going back to waist trainers now and then. Almost as if the next time I try it, it’s magically going to make my little belly pooch or muffin top disappear. There’s also something about that feeling of extra sweat dripping off my overhanging belly on to the treadmill after a good run that’s a little satisfying.
Truth is though, none of the things I’ve tried have actually worked. At best I found myself running to the bathroom a lot more, but I never felt any significant or permanent changes.
It’s so easy to get caught up in fast-track promises. The idea of giving up a lot of the foods you’re used to eating, or throwing on stretchy clothes and making your body die for half an hour or so is daunting. But when it comes down to it, diet and exercise are your best bet at getting the results you want. It’s like a little mantra my husband likes to throw at me every time I consider some new miracle product: “Diet and exercise! Calories in, calories out!”
And you know what? It’s actually worked. I weighed the most at 210 pounds. I was 190 when I met my husband. I’ve kept up a fairly regular diet and exercise plan for the 5 or so years we’ve been together. I now maintain a steady 145-150. It’s not because of the waist trainer, either.
The best part about eating right and exercising, it’s totally free. I mean aside from the cost of groceries of course, but even then buying fresh produce and cooking things from scratch is cheaper than eating prepackaged or fast food all the time. (I used to spend upwards of $200 a week on groceries before I got over my aversion to cooking. Now I spend about $125 a week on average.) As an added bonus, you actually know what all goes in your body!
Diet and exercise… Calories in calories out…
I’m going to throw in a last minute picture of some food.