This post was sponsored by Hood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
It’s about 3 months into the new year. I’ve been trying to lose weight and keep it off this year. I thought it might be fun to share what I have been doing that is working in jumpstarting my weight loss! Check out my 5 swaps to jump start your weight loss.
The first thing I did was to make a few simple swaps. I swapped my regular full fat milk for the Hood Dairy beverage. My kids love it and I love that there’s less calories than in regular milk. Hood Calorie Countdown is a creamy milky smooth dairy beverage that has 42% fewer calories, 75% less sugar and 67% fewer carbohydrates than milk. That makes my new found smaller waist happy! I’m down 15 pounds and feel better!
I went with their Calorie Countdown 2% Reduced Fat (per 1 cup serving). I love that it has 70 calories or 42% fewer calories than traditional whole milk. It als0 has only 3 grams carbs which is 75% fewer carbs than traditional whole milk. Seeing as I’m trying to cut down on sugars the Hood Calorie Countdown only has 2 grams sugar or 75% less sugar than traditional whole milk. It’s interesting to know that Calorie Countdown blends ultra-filtered milk with water, cream (and other ingredients) for a delicious and creamy taste and yet still has fewer calories, less sugar, and fewer carbohydrates than regular milk. You can’t resist Calorie Countdown when you know it is made with milk from farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones. I love that I can grab it when I’m getting my hubby’s prescriptions and groceries at my local Walmart!
With Whole, 2%, Fat Free and even a chocolate-flavored choice to pick from, you’ll never have to go without dairy again. I need to drink the chocolate flavored Hood Dairy beverage stat! They say that chocolate Hood dairy beverage smoothies are a great after workout snack add in some spinach, apple and banana and you’d be all set. So try that next! You can grab a coupon to try it here.
I also began making simple meals. Take breakfast for instant, I used to eat a bagel which is super high in calories. I swapped that for a hard boiled egg. I lost almost 130 calories just making that swap. The hard boiled egg helps me feel full longer too. It’s definitely been a good thing for my overall weight loss. I work full time, go to school, and blog on the weekends. I need fast and easy for me to be able to achieve my weight loss at all! I’m too busy for meal prep and other things that take a lot of time.
I eat smaller portions of everything. If I want a cookie I have one but I just have one. I swapped my high calorie soft drink that I love and dearly miss for a glass of tea that is sweetened with a half cup of sugar per gallon of tea. It gives me the taste I want without too much sugar. It has been surprisingly easy to give up my daily soda habit. I limit it to two a week now. I love that first sip when I have it though.
The next swap is one that was hard for me to do. I swapped out bread. If I make a sandwich I eat it on one slice of bread or I order my sandwich and eat the inside but not the bread. I am a carbaholic so this swap is hard for me. But once I did it it’s really not been that bad. I don’t really even miss the bread anymore.
To make sure my meal lasts longer my snacks now consists of apples and clementines. The apple gives me enough fiber to keep me full longer. The clementine satisfies my sweet tooth. Losing weight isn’t easy but it sure is worth it. 15 down and 30 to go. This is the year I will lose that weight and keep it off. What swaps have you made that helped you lose weight?
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