(3TV/CBS 5) – When I first began my journey to losing over 130+ pounds my first instinct was to cut calories and starve myself skinny. After all, that’s what the so-called “experts” requested I do.
I did try it their way for a very short time. I ate 500 calories or less a day, deprived myself and watched as my body began to revolt with dizzy spells, hair loss, dark eye circles, dull skin, crazy emotional mood swings and zero energy.
I would lose 10 pounds and then gain it right back a dozen times over. Eventually, my body was so out of balanced and in survival mode that even when I fasted and worked out for hours a day I would gain weight.
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Nothing worked due to the years of diet abuse. I was done trying to be skinny!
I eat five to six times per day and each meal was a healthy combo of lean protein, fruits, veggies and healthy fats.
Guess what happened? I lost weight, stressed less, gained muscle, my hair grew back thicker, my skin looked more youthful, my energy skyrocketed and I felt amazing!
Within a year I had lost over 100 pounds and have easily maintained my new healthy weight for a decade while having children, raising three awesome kids and balancing marriage, work and family responsibilities.
My top 10 favorite foods for weight loss: