4 Keys to Weight Loss

Here is the weight loss question I answered on Quora today:

How do I decrease weight from 74 kg to 60 kg of a 5’3 female?

Answer:

In 2008, I followed a food and fitness program that took my weight from 67 kg to 60 kg in 12 weeks. What was even better is that I lost three dress sizes in that time and my waist went from 78cm to 66cm.

Here are my 4 keys to losing weight and sizes quickly and permanently:

  1. Eat adequate amounts of whole natural protein and fat, and eliminate added sugars and processed carbs. The saying I used during my program was, “Nothing out of a bag or a box.”
  2. Lift weights to maintain muscle and metabolic rate. The top goal of weight lifting isn’t calorie burning. The top goal is to build or maintain muscle so that your diet won’t burn it and leave you with a higher body fat percentage and a slower metabolism.
  3. Add interval training to increase fat burning and help manage appetite.
  4. Set goals for success. Choose a specific period to focus on your food and fitness changes. In my training practice my clients used 6 or 12 week programs. Choose a smart weight loss goal. Two pounds a week is reasonable when you are eating and training effectively. Follow process goals as well as outcome goals. Plan your menus, shop for, and prepare your food. Schedule your training sessions: for example: lift 3 times per week, and do interval training 3 times per week.

In my case, the diet I used was a whole food diet of 20 grams or less of carbohydrates per day from vegetables that grow above the ground, 100 grams of protein, and 80 grams of fat. I call this a “Leaner Keto” diet, and I used these exact macros to get excellent results when I did the “Ketogains” program a few years ago.

I am not a doctor or dietitian, and you should consult one before starting a diet and exercise program. My motto is, “Eat for yourself,” because I do believe that you need to discover and focus on what works for you when it comes to food and fitness.

Wishing you well,

Catherine

If you have question on food, fitness, and goal setting, post one in the comments or email me at:

catherine@dareshine.com

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What is a good way to lose weight?

I answer reader questions on Quora, and here is the one I just answered this morning:

“What is a good way to lose weight? I’m always tempted to eat right after I promise myself I won’t, and I end up feeling extremely guilty after.”

Here is my answer:

I struggled with my weight during my youth and young adulthood. I controlled my appetite with cigarettes and diet pills until my mid thirties. When I gave those up, I became obese, and I wasn’t able to stop overeating until I made a major shift in my eating and training habits.

The simplest change in my eating was guided by an old saying among bodybuilders,

“Nothing out of a bag or a box.”

Of course there can be exceptions to this suggestion, but it can help you to think about what is left to make up your menu plans. Consider the outside aisles of your grocery store. Here’s a description of my shopping pattern starting on the left and working my way around the store to the right: vegetables and fruits, dairy, eggs, meat, butter, bacon, and cheese. (No, I don’t go overboard with the last six items.) In order to get nourished and satisfied, I set macro-nutrient targets for protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

There are plenty of satisfying foods in the outside aisles of your grocery store.

Note: I gave up my fitness and nutrition certifications in 2018, and I am careful not to make diet recommendations. I simply share the methods that helped me personally overcome obesity more than a dozen years ago.

The most important idea I want to share is that minimally processed foods satisfy my appetite, while foods that have been processed and packaged leave me even hungrier than I was before I started eating.

A lettuce or cabbage wrap at lunch instead of a traditional sandwich.
Colorful vegetables for roasting.

By writing down my menu in the morning, and following it throughout the day, I avoid cravings and guilt, and I have plenty of energy for working, training, and fun that don’t involve food.

The bottom line is that in order to stop overeating, I had to replace the foods that stimulate my appetite with foods that satisfy it.

My motto is, “Eat for yourself,” and I sincerely hope that this is the year when you will find the nutrition plan that works for you.

My complete nutrition plan including a three day sugar elimination diet, ongoing weight loss, eating out guide, shopping lists, and maintenance plan, is available at Sugarfreedom.com.