First, let me detail my current eating plan:
1. Drink only Water (And lots of it!) I try to drink at least 64oz a day. Note, I do drink Coffee with milk, but I've learned to drink it without the added sugar.
2. No refined sugar (one exception, a small piece of 70% dark chocolate daily)
3. No wheat products whatsoever (No bread, no pasta, no breaded foods, not even a trace of wheat in anything I eat.). This is a key part of my diet. In fact, I treat it like a food allergy so I don't slip up on this.
4. No corn, rice, or oats These were not in my original plan, but I've found that they, like wheat, also negatively affect my energy and weight loss. Keep in mind that I'm replacing these sources of fiber with other fibrous things like fruits and vegetables.
5. Limit white potatoes Overdoing potatoes will definitely hinder my weight loss, so I'm trying to limit white potatoes to once a day.
6. Eat when I'm hungry (no intentional hunger allowed). This has been a key to dealing with the loss of so many favorite foods. I try to always eat when I'm hungry, but now I'm filling up with meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, and healthy fats.
Second, I'd like to start explaining what other lifestyle changes I'm making to help me succeed.
In my last post, I explained that my previous diets have all fizzled out at this point, meaning that this is a crucial point in my plan. I feel like I can look back on those past failures and use them to avoid another failure.
So, what's going to be different this time? How am I going to stick with this plan long term to meet my goal? For, me it will come down to three major changes:
1. Eliminate unnecessary stress
2. Create meaningful accountability
3. Avoid unhelpful diet "strategies"
My next blog posts will explore these three areas in more detail. What do you think are some ways to stay on a plan like this long term? I'd love to get some feedback from everyone.
Thanks for reading and please leave a comment below!