*Note: This is not fitness or nutrition advice. Please consult your doctor or another professional before doing any kind of diet. But I wanted to share my experience – because I find nutrition dazzling complicated given the information overload available.
At one point, I thought weight loss was really complicated. If you spend anytime online, there’s thousands of different sets with different outcomes, promises, and goals.
And honestly, I didn’t care much for any of them that were in the “this works instantly” category.
But as I’m getting ready to take a trip, I wanted to be more in shape.
And those of you who know me know that I’m often experimenting with different exercise and food strategies.
So as I looked at losing weight, I had a few requirements:
- If I’m hungry all the time, this isn’t going to work. I need to feel full. That minimizes the amount of will power I need to use.
- I love chicken, steak, and fish. If I’m required to give up any or all of these, it’s not going to work. Sorry vegetarians, but y’all are on your own.
- I needed to be able to find something decent to eat at most restaurants. I routinely have business meetings and can’t always eat at some special place with some certain kale blend. No thank you.
- No maths. No calorie counting. No complicated apps or hours spent reading labels. This can’t slow me down.
With that in mind, I set out to find something that would meet those requirements.
After a little bit of research, I realized that often sugars and carbs are the reason that people gain weight.
In our culture, we think meats and “fat” are responsible for weight gain. But often that’s not true.
In fact, it’s carbs that are responsible for much weight gain.
It’s the breads, cereals, pastas, and other empty carbs that are causing our issues.
(In this post I won’t go into why that is, but check out posts like this one to learn more.)
As an aside, remember the food pyramid we grew up with? If you don’t, here it is:
Six to eleven servings of breads a day? Forget that. No wonder Americans are so overweight. This was paid for by big ag companies. The government should never be involved in health for financial advice.
Anyway, back to dieting.
So I wondered, what if I give up virtually all carbs? What if I don’t eat breads and sugars?
So I eliminated the following:
- Candy (except dark chocolate)
- Starches (potatoes)
- Most dairy
Instead, I replaced all of that with protein, fruit, and veggies. So a normal diet consists of:
- Dried fruit
- Fresh fruit
- Occasional protein shakes
- Unsalted nuts
I actually really like all of those things on the second list. And I eat a lot of them.
I started last Monday. I’ve already lost between 3-4 pounds net weight. And I’ve also gained a good bit of muscle, so the fat loss is greater than that.
And I’m not hungry. I feel full. And I feel good.
More updates to come.