Three months ago I weighed nearly 275 lbs, which is near the heaviest I’ve ever been. I decided two things then and there. First, I signed up to run a half marathon this summer. Second, it was time to start eating better.
I began running immediately and although it was (and still is) slow going, my half marathon is this weekend and I think I’m at least to the point where I can finish one. No small feat for someone who was completely out of shape and without training in March. But as anyone trying to lose weight knows all too well, exercise will only take you so far. The rest of it — and my biggest struggle — is in healthy eating.
You see, I’m obsessed with carbs.
I will eat an entire box of pasta in one sitting. Kraft mac & cheese? Yes please! And bread? Well don’t get me started on bread. If I could eat bread all day every day exclusively, I would. Unfortunately, that kind of exorbitant carb intake does nothing to help with weight loss.
So how does a carb fanatic all but give up bread? The answer is Flatout.
Simply put, whenever I wanted a sandwich I would use Flatout wraps instead. Specifically, I used the Flatout Hungry Girl Foldits because they have fewer carbs, calories, and yet still retain plenty of protein and — most importantly — taste.
I can’t stress how important that last one is to me, because as much as I want to lose weight, I won’t sacrifice taste. Thankfully, with Flatout, I don’t have to worry about that because everything from the traditional white Foldits to the whole wheat with flax tastes really, really good.
Now prior experiments with Flatout have already proven they’re a great, low carb and low calorie substitute for burger buns and pizza dough, so that was a no-brainer. This time around, I asked my wife to come up with things I don’t usually eat or haven’t tried, that I could rely on as I continue to try and lose weight. At first she didn’t want to do it because I’m so picky, but eventually she agreed to it. And I’m glad she did because look what she concocted.
First of all, I’m 35 years old and I’ve never tried avocado. I know, I’m sad. But now that I have, I’m never going back.
MJ took a Flatout Hungry Girl whole wheat Foldit and lined it with hummus. Then she put some grilled chicken topped with avocado, along with some lettuce. The balsamic glaze drizzled on top was the perfect kicker and I ended up absolutely loving this, which means I just added a healthy and delicious lunch meal to my healthy eating arsenal.
This one I was truly shocked by, mainly because I didn’t think I liked tomatoes.
This is so simple and so delicious, I had all three of these when MJ made them (even though I swore I’d hate them and she wasted her time). All it is is taking some Flatout Foldit Classic White sliders and jazzing them up a bit. She put a thin layer of basil pesto on first, then a slice of beefsteak tomato, followed by a hefty slice of mozzarella. Boom. That’s it.
But despite the simplicity of the recipe, this was a game-changer for me. I love them and they’re tasty as hell. So instead of me having a fatty chicken salad sandwich with white bread, now I have a much healthier (and just as delicious) option that’s completely simple to make.
As you all know (or should know, dammit!), June means Father’s Day. But it also doubles as Men’s Health Month, which means trimming down on the fat content, carbs, and upping your fiber is advisable. And the thing you might not realize (because I sure didn’t) is that it’s relatively easy to do.
Instead of a breakfast sandwich from a fast food place, put some eggs, bacon, and peppers into a Flatout Foldit and you’ve got an early morning kick starter. Lunch between conference calls? Wrap that turkey or ham up in a Flatout Foldit on the go. And when you get home for dinner, try putting that burger in a Foldit as well. Same great taste, but you’re giving your body a break.
To get you started, here’s a coupon from the good folks at Flatout to save money while you’re saving calories and carbs.
And remember, the best Father’s Day present is the gift of longevity, so eat right and do your part to make sure you stick around to be with your family as long as possible.
***I was compensated for this post but, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.