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  • (smooth jazz music)

  • - Hi everyone!

  • It's your girl Jenn and today I am finally filming

  • the how I lost weight video.

  • If I'm gonna be completely honest,

  • I kinda put this video off because I know diet and nutrition

  • can be a very controversial topic online.

  • First off, I'm not a dietician, I'm not a nutritionist,

  • I just literally used these tips

  • that I'm about to share with you and I lost weight.

  • I can't guarantee that it's gonna work for you

  • because everyone's body is unique

  • and some bodies just react differently.

  • All I know is that these tips have helped me lose weight

  • and that's all I can claim.

  • So now that's out of the way,

  • let me just give you some stats about my bod.

  • Last year in 2016, I was the heaviest I ever was,

  • I was 120 pounds and for my frame, that really showed.

  • And now today in 2017, I am a 100 to a 105 pounds.

  • This took a full year to lose the weight

  • so please do not expect this to happen overnight.

  • It is a gradual process.

  • The only advice I can give you is to start today.

  • Start on your next meal and don't look back.

  • So I'm gonna rundown the 10 tips

  • that have contributed to my weight loss.

  • A lot of it is common sense

  • but sometimes you just need a little refresher.

  • My first tip is to find healthy foods

  • that you actually love eating.

  • It's not realistic to have a salad

  • for every single meal for the rest of your life.

  • It's just unattainable.

  • Go out there and go on a food tour,

  • find the healthy foods that you

  • just freakin' love eating and create a list.

  • So throughout the years, I've learned

  • that I love broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, tofu,

  • I can eat so much of that and never get sick of it.

  • Don't force yourself to eat that dry kale salad

  • if you don't like dry kale.

  • And I don't go out of my way

  • to eat healthy foods that I don't like.

  • For example, I don't like cucumbers, I don't like tomatoes,

  • and I don't force myself to eat it

  • just because it's healthy.

  • I just avoid them and eat other healthy foods

  • and it's really worked out well for me

  • so go out there, create a list, and stick to it.

  • The second tip is very important,

  • it is to have no distractions while you're eating.

  • I know it's like second nature at this point

  • to get your hot pile of food, turn on the TV or laptop

  • and just tune out and eat.

  • Your brain takes around 20 minutes to realize that it's full

  • and when you're not paying attention to your body,

  • you don't know when that time comes.

  • And I've noticed that whenever I watch something

  • and I'm eating, I tend to eat even more and even faster

  • and a lot of the times, I'm finished with my food

  • but the show's still going so I'll go back

  • and get seconds just so I can like, let the good times roll.

  • But if you wanna lose weight, it's easier to know

  • what your body is saying to you when everything is off.

  • I always try and stop eating right when I get

  • to the sweet spot and that is the spot where

  • I'm not hungry anymore but I'm not like, completely full.

  • It's that really nice in between

  • and I feel like the Japanese have a word for it

  • but I don't know, that's where I try and stop eating

  • and that's really helped me maintain my figure

  • and it's tricky, believe me.

  • It's really hard to get that spot

  • because it's so tempting to just eat

  • until your stomach's like, "Oh god, No!"

  • like, that's where I used to love being.

  • It's been easier to maintain my weight

  • because I'm not overindulging and overeating.

  • This next tip is something that I've using since college

  • and it's to have smaller plates and bowls.

  • So if you look in our shelves

  • you'll notice that we have two sizes,

  • we've got a normal big one for Ben,

  • and we've got a smaller one for me.

  • We've nicknamed it the baby plate

  • because it's just little.

  • And yeah, when I have a bigger plate

  • I tend to want to over-portion myself.

  • I wanna cram and fill the plate

  • so with the smaller plate, I can still cram

  • all the food in but it's actually

  • the perfect portion for me.

  • Tip number four is to get a water bottle.

  • I feel like drinking water is one

  • of the most common diet tips but it's so true.

  • When you are hydrated, you're not really that hungry

  • and for me, I love having my sippy cup

  • because this makes me drink

  • so much water throughout the day.

  • And it's the CamelBak specifically,

  • I love the like, the bite valve

  • and I love how you have to like suck the water in.

  • I go through maybe three or four bottles of this a day

  • and so I make sure that I'm very hydrated.

  • Whenever you have a craving, chances are

  • you're just dehydrated or you're bored

  • and so whenever when I have like, a hankering for some chips

  • or like any sort of snack or something,

  • I will chug half a bottle of this

  • and I'll wait 15 minutes and if I'm still hungry

  • then I'll go have a snack

  • but most of the time, after I drink it,

  • I'm completely fine and I can wait 'til my next meal.

  • I also should mention that I don't drink any juices,

  • I don't drink any soda or like milk.

  • I only stick to water, unsweetened tea, black coffee

  • and like, soda water, that's pretty much it.

  • My favorite is La Croix, it is so delicious,

  • it has zero calories and it just gives you

  • that carbonated kick if you are missing it.

  • My fifth tip is to never skip

  • any meals especially breakfast.

  • I feel like I have kind of programmed my body

  • to just wake up hungry so I always, always have breakfast.

  • There's a reason why it's called

  • the most important meal of the day.

  • It's because it kicks off your metabolism.

  • And I've noticed that when I skip my breakfast,

  • by the next meal, I am so hungry

  • I end up making really stupid food decisions

  • so I'll just end up overeating

  • or I'll order something like, really gnarly

  • like nachos or something.

  • It's easier to make mindful food choices

  • when your body is not starving.

  • Personally, I only eat three meals a day.

  • I know some people like to have

  • four to five smaller meals a day

  • but for me, it's just too much effort

  • to think of that many meals to eat

  • so I like to keep it simple, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • For my breakfast, that's when I have most of my carbs,

  • I'll have beans on toast or like an egg wrap.

  • For lunch, I can treat myself

  • of a sandwich, a burger, whatever,

  • But for dinner, that's when I'm kind of the most strict.

  • When I was at like, my most motivated to lose weight,

  • for dinner I would never have any refined carbohydrates

  • so I wouldn't have any pasta,

  • I wouldn't have big fried rice dishes,

  • I would probably stick to veggies,

  • and a protein and that's it for dinner.

  • And then for breakfast, I'll have my carbs.

  • This next tip is something that I really struggled with

  • when I first moved back to LA in 2015.

  • I was eating out at restaurants all the time

  • and I was ordering Postmates all the time.

  • When you go to restaurants, even if you order

  • the healthy dish, you don't actually know

  • what the restaurants put into it.

  • Sure, there's a list of ingredients

  • but you don't know how much butter they put,

  • you don't know how much oil they put or msg,

  • the restaurant's objective is to make the food

  • taste as good as possible and keep you coming back

  • and it's a business so it makes sense

  • so that's why it's just easier to just cook your own meal.

  • You know exactly what you put in it

  • and I know it's like easy to say

  • like, "oh, I'm not a good cook, I can't cook"

  • but you just need to cook three recipes.

  • Learn how to make three healthy recipes

  • and then you can build from there.

  • It's impossible to just completely avoid restaurants

  • for the rest of your life, it's not gonna happen

  • so when I do eat out, I like to have a balance.

  • So I have this rule called The 2 Rule.

  • So I either pick an appetizer, an entree

  • or an entree and dessert.

  • I'll never get all three,

  • or if I do get all three, it's like a special occasion

  • but yeah, you don't need all three,

  • you don't need an appetizer, entree, and dessert

  • that's just a full package.

  • You just need two.

  • Tip number seven is to reduce your alcohol intake.

  • When I was at my heaviest, I was probably drinking

  • may two or three times a week and it definitely showed.

  • There's a lot of empty calories in alcohol

  • and the problem with me was I would always have drunchies.

  • When I would come home drunk,

  • I would just open up my cupboard,

  • make a snack, throw it in the microwave

  • and I would just eat all of it to soak up the alcohol

  • and then go to sleep.

  • But I mean I don't even know if that's scientifically proven

  • but basically, I would eat all that shit

  • and I would wake up the next morning, hungover

  • and I would always order a burrito.

  • Yeah, it was like a vicious cycle.

  • Obviously, I still drink.

  • I like to go out and have a good time

  • but I only drink once a week now.

  • If I'm gonna drink more than once a week,

  • then I'll only have one drink, that's it.

  • And every time I go out, I only have a vodka soda

  • with fresh lime, that is my favorite drink of choice.

  • But then I call it the Skinny Minnie

  • because it only has the calories of the vodka

  • and I think a shot of vodka is what,

  • like a hundred calories, and that's it!

  • This next tip is about snacking.

  • I don't keep any snacks that tempt me in my house

  • because I'm the type of person

  • where if I have Hot Cheeto Fries

  • or just any form of Hot Cheetos, I have to eat the bag.

  • It's kinda like, calling my name as I'm just in the house.

  • So I just like to cut the temptation

  • and not have any of it in my house.

  • If I really, really want them,

  • then I'll have to get off my ass and go by them.

  • But if they're not in the house,

  • then I'm not thinking about it.

  • So I know I've been blabbing a lot about food and diet

  • so I'm gonna talk about

  • the next obvious thing which is exercise.

  • I like to exercise around three to five times a week

  • and when I was training super hard,

  • I was going five times a week

  • and that in combination with all the tips that I said

  • made me really shredded.

  • For the first two months,

  • a lot of that weight came off because of those.

  • I know the ratio is something like 80% diet and 20% fitness

  • but when you put the exercise in,

  • that 20% goes a long way

  • and when you are just combining both those forces,

  • a lot of it just melts off.

  • So it's really important to find a form of exercise

  • that you hate the least.

  • So whether it is kickboxing, palates, swimming,

  • running, whatever, for me, it is to train alone.

  • I love going to the gym by myself, it's become

  • my own little sanctuary.

  • Each of my workouts