Post # 1
I have recently lost 30 pounds. I lost the majority of it by making smart food choices, and exercising regularly.
I got annoyed with what I percieved to be slow weightloss, so I went looking for a method to speed it up.
I started a program which I won’t name, but elimiated all carbohydrates except for legumes, and banned fruit, dairy, and all processed foods.
I have been following this for almost 8 weeks, and have lost weight but no faster than before, where I was eating a much more balanced diet.
I have decided to go back to how I was eating before, with a few ammendments, but I am having trouble overcoming the good food/bad food mentality I now have for certain things (example being fruit, brown rice, sweet potato, milk) etc.
Can anyone give me some advice to overcome this? I do not want to have an unhealthy relationship with food and I feel like I am heading down that path.
Post # 3
@dannielle89: I have also been trying to lose weight and have done a lot of internet research. i hate to deprive myself of anything, so i want to be sure that ANYthing i am doing is of the utmost effectiveness.
I am convinced that everyone sort of has what i call a “bag of tricks”. food that you love that is low in calories, food that fills you up, food that seems to make you lose weight faster even though it doesn’t work for your friends. for me a few small examples are low cal microwave popcorn, fruit posicles, and low fat cottage cheese as snacks. for main meals it is chicken breast and cooked spinach and hard boiled eggs.
no matter what you read, there will be some other research that contradicts it. for everything people say about rice/carbs… asian cultures eat a diet heavy in rice and are very slender. i have been limiting my carbs somewhat but sometimes i think that its harder to fill up without them, so i am eating more of other things to compensate, so, is it really that effective??
i love to drink cocktails and wine and there are some diet experts that say there is very little room for drinking in weight loss, its a reall no-no. then i read a study that moderate/heavy drinkers seem to somehow metabolie the extra calories… in studies the drinking group lost weight just as fast as the non-drinkers on the same diet. and i know that peronally the times i have lost weight i did not alter my drinking at all. in fact i did not exercise either i just ate a lot less.
you have to pick and choose what works for you and develop your “bag of tricks”. look at the more restrictive diet as an experiment that didn’t work for you. i would be super happy that you can enjoy those foods and know that they arent derailing your weigh loss! Imagine if cutting out those foods had worked. yes, you would be happy to have lost more weight, but then they would really be on a “no” list, which would be a bummer!
Post # 4
i am paleo…which is no grains/no dairy/no legumes/nothing processed..
this has help me keep weight off for almost 2 yrs now. there is sort of the 80% paleo 100% of the time rule..
which means you should have 2-3 non paleo meals a week.
sweet potatos are okay(in moderation) so lets say if you exercise that day, you can have a sweet potato.
fruit is also enouraged, but obviously you dont want more than 2 servings a day because you will get too much sugar.
i have a glass of wine (or two) for my cheat meal on saturday.
you cant stay 100% strict all the time because there is greater chance of “binging” or something of the sort.
for dairy…honestly if its full fat/organic/local/etc its not that bad for you. i just dont get along with dairy, so thats why i dont have it.
if you like milk, it should be whole milk & from grass fed cows. if you can get raw milk from a local farmer that is really the best.
allow yourself to indulge every week…a couple times. this will keep your relationship with food & relationship with yourself healthy & happy 🙂
happy eating my friend.