When I work with clients, I ask them to do two things right off the bat:
1) Pick an eating plan
2) Track their food
So far we’ve talked about Paleo, Keto and Vegan eating plans. My own personal favorite is the Keto plan, or LCHF (Low Carb High Fat). I’ve got a few resources that will make this plan easier than ever.
Pick An Eating Plan And Stick With It For At Least A Month
As I mentioned, I’m a big fan of the Low Carb High Fat eating plan. I lost 10 pounds in 30 days, and that was despite my own screw ups and lapses in good judgement. Just think what you could do if you were more dedicated and had more will power than me!
I think you should follow the eating plan that will give you the greatest benefits, but I think that everyone has certain strengths and weaknesses. I’m not a big fan of Weight Watchers food, but I love that they offer ease of use (the point system) and accountability (online or in person weekly meetings) for a low cost.
The vegan eating plan offers clean eating. It also appeals to many who support environmental and animal cruelty issues. Those two reasons were my reasons for becoming a vegetarian with occasional skirmishes into vegan territory. I became a vegetarian in 1995 and quit in 2013, because I was overweight (skinny fat) and unhealthy.
I tried LCHF and have never looked back.
Again, each person is different.
Some Resources To Make Tracking Your Food Even Easier
If you’re curious about the LCHF plan, but aren’t sure what you should be eating, how about if I give you a list of 30 great snacks that you can eat on the plan? Would that help? Of course it would! Over at the Ditch The Carbs blog, Libby has such a list! She even divided it up between Easy Snacks (little to no prep) and Some Prep snacks. All of them sound delicious, and will go a long way toward helping you plan your meals on LCHF.
I highly encourage you to check out all of her website and use it in your journey. It’s a great resource!
Next up, we need to talk about tracking your food. This is essential to your long term success. You need to make sure that everything you eat fits within your macros – The macros that I calculated told me that each day I need to eat 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs.
My Fitness Pal will help you track your food, your water consumption and your exercise (both cardio and strength training). I’m a big fan and always point my clients and readers in their direction.
As you can see above, this is not a high protein eating plan, it’s a moderate protein eating plan. While My Fitness Pal is pretty exhaustive when it comes to listing food and fast food selections, sometimes you may find a restaurant that they don’t have.
That’s where the website Fast Food Protein comes in handy. Merely pick your restaurant and the website will reveal each side or entree and how much protein, fat and carbs they have. This helps you make a much smarter choice. (EDIT: Looks like the Fast Food Protein website is kaput.) Here’s a site called KetoFinder that should do the same thing. They also have a smartphone app.
I’m going to repeat myself.
1) Pick an eating plan, and stick with it for at least 30 days.
2) Track every piece of food that goes in your mouth.
I would also add
3) Be strict for those 30 days, this will allow you to
4) Reevaluate at the end of 30 days and adjust accordingly
To change your life takes effort, it takes responsibility and it takes accountability.
You and you alone are responsible for your health and your wellbeing, and you can change it the very next meal. Make the last meal you at your last unhealthy one, and make the next meal you eat your first healthy one.