Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Weight loss Wednesday - the foods that help and hinder

So, as of this morning, my weight is at 194.8, for a weekly loss of 1.2 and a total loss of 48.6.  I'll take it!  I'm perfectly happy with anything over a pound.

So, in focusing on weight loss again, I'm having to focus on food.  Specifically which foods I keep in my house. Some are pretty basic.  Keep fresh fruits and veggies around.  Limit overly processed and refined foods.  Going beyond that though, are there any specific foods that you need to have, or not have, around?

One that really helps me is hummus.  It's easy to get bored grabbing celery or carrots, but for me, if I can dip them in hummus, raw veggies are where it's at.  I make it myself, so it's inexpensive, healthy, and I know what goes into it.

Recipe here
What about foods not to keep around?  Well, my house is pretty bare of convenience foods and any kind of sugary treat, but there is one food that I consider entirely healthy that I just can't have around if I want to lose weight.


I love nuts.  I love cashews and peanuts, hazelnuts or walnuts, almonds, pecans...  In my yogurt, on my salads, or just as a handful.  There's no denying nuts are very calorie dense and I just don't do well with keeping the portions reasonable.

It pains me to ban a food that I consider healthy, but for the time being, they're just not working for me.  I am able to have them around occasionally when my goal is to maintain my weight, but not when I'm trying to lose.

What are the foods that help or hinder your efforts?


  1. Yea for the loss!!!!

    Love hummus too and I've made all kinds of flavors, whatever you like try it in the hummus. I've used hot wing sauce, green chiles, chipotle tabasco...yumm getting hungry!

    There are many foods I can't keep in the house. Ice cream would be a biggy, but when it comes right down to it, its all about my mind set. If my mind is in the right place I can leave things alone or limit portions, if my mind isn't nothing is safe. :)

  2. Great job on the weightloss.

    I used to pile on shaved almonds with my cereal and yogurt and never really thought about how many calories were in them until I actually measured it and was shocked.

    Whenever I tell myself "no, you can't eat that" I want it 10x more.