Like most overweight people, I have dabbled in multiple different ways of eating in an attempt to lose weight, from the more traditional calorie restriction, to the faddy (has anyone ever lasted more than one day eating only cabbage soup ?). The only eating plan – I’m deliberately not using the word ‘diet’ – that has ever suited me and worked for me is restricting my carbohydrate intake.
I think one of the reasons for this is that I have a serious addiction to carbs – pasta, rice, bread, potatoes, not to mention sugary treats. I’m like a drug addict – I can’t just have a couple of mouthfuls of pasta, cook and eat the entire packet. To break this addiction, I need to go cold turkey (incidentally, cold turkey will be making up a substantial part of my eating plan, heh). Furthermore, when I have eaten low-carb in the past, almost immediately I feel a real boost in my health. I feel full of energy and my skins clears up. It’s a bit like the first flutters of love. Oh yeah… and I lose lots of weight on it. That helps.
My eating/drinking rules are as follows:
- Eat only ‘real’ foods – meat, veg, fruit. Nothing that comes in a packet or has to be ‘made’.
- Zero sugar and wheat
- Drink lots of water (2-3 litres per day)
Simple, yes? So what will be different this time compared to previous times I have gone low carb? Well, I am so motivated to make a change for life, not just to be able to fit into a dress. I have no time-orientated goals e.g. ‘I must lose 5lbs by next Monday’. I want to get down to 140lbs, and if it takes 3 months great, if it takes 9 months that great too.
I am hereby committing to abide by the above rules. For me, this is the only way I will be able to maintain a healthy weight for life.