What Happened When I Stopped Being Italian for Two Weeks

I lost 10 pounds.

Yup, you read that right. I lost weight. No, I wasn’t even trying.

Let me backtrack and explain: when I say I “stopped being Italian,” what I really mean is that I stopped making enough food for a small army; I stopped eating until I felt like I was about to burst; I stopped not eating enough protein and I cut down my carbs. When you’re Italian, or at this point when you’re American, you tend to overeat…just because you can. I was giving my body way more than it actually needed and because of that my body had way more than it could process. I was feeling tired and weighed down.

I needed to make a change, especially now that I spend a good majority of my time working at my desk. I can’t just get up whenever I want and go to the gym like I did during college.

What I did:

  • Drank no less than 64 oz. of water a day…I had the most water before, during and after meals to increase fullness.
  • Cut back on intensive workouts to give my body a break. Instead of my usual two hours of boxing, I decided to go for a brisk walk for two hours around my neighborhood. We have a nice, big hill so I made a game out of it: I called my friends while I walked. It was a great way to get in my cardio and maintain all of my friendships as well.
  • I ate 6 small meals a day, instead of 3 big ones. I made sure to include drinking my coffee black, hot green tea and more vegetables into my diet. It kept my metabolism going throughout the day. If you really want to be all dedicated, try cutting sugar completely out of your diet. I couldn’t. I wasn’t that strong.
  • My portion sizes were A LOT smaller.
    • If you’re struggling with smaller portion sizes, try these simple tricks:
      • Use smaller plates and bowls. Not only will there be a limit on the amount of food that you can fit on them, but your mind will think you’re eating more food.
      • Cut your food into smaller pieces…just another way to trick you mind into thinking you have more food on your plate than you actually do.
  • I tried not to eat 4 hours before I went to bed. Sometimes I did and sometimes I didn’t. I’m not sure how much of a difference this really made.
  • I listened to my body. Being full doesn’t mean that you’re about to burst with your pants zipper down and your buttons undone. Being full means that you’re content…and the best part about it was that I could eat again in another two hours. So who actually wins here?
  • If you need some encouragement, use the MyFitnessPal app. It helps you log your food intake and track your progress. Downloading workout apps also make for quick and easy at-home workouts that you can complete at your own pace. Some that I’m trying out: SWORKIT lite, Hot5, Nike Training, Daily Yoga, Pump Up, StrongLifts 5×5, and Nike Running.

What happened when I went back to being Italian:

  • My body couldn’t handle all of the food in front of me. It wasn’t really sure what to do eating such big meals. I felt sick a good majority of the day.
  • I had a headache from the lack of water.
  • I found myself bored-eating. Never good.
  • It was easier for me to lounge on the couch.

I want you to make no mistakes: I didn’t go on a diet. That’s such a harsh word. It makes me think that I’m not allowed to eat ice cream or cheeseburgers…and I love ice cream and cheeseburgers. I still ate everything that I loved. All I did was regulate my diet and I made sure I was actually paying attention to the actual serving sizes. They’re there for a reason.

 

 

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