[Please note: I am not a doctor, or a nutritionist, and following any advice I post is done at the reader’s own risk.]
The most common question I get asked when I tell people how I’ve been losing weight recently is “What do you eat on the days when you can only eat 700 calories and 60 grams of carbs?” The second most common question I get is, “Do those days just suck?”
I’ll tackle the second one first. Sucking is all relative. Days that don’t suck are days when I can just eat whatever I want, however much I want, and not care that I don’t fit into my clothes. Compared to that, any day when I put restrictions on what I eat sucks. But for some reason, the days when I can eat 1,400 calories are not twice as good as the days when I can eat 700 calories.
It’s all just measuring and counting and following rules. I’m a rule follower, even if those rules are self-imposed. Right now, this moment, is a good example. It’s after midnight and I’m hungry, but I’ll be going to bed soon and under normal circumstances there would be no reason for me to eat right before bed. And I won’t eat anything tonight, because my calories are gone for the day. But if it was left up to my own judgment? There’s not a doubt in my mind that I’d be sitting here with a big bowl of popcorn or a sandwich instead of my laptop.
As for the first question, what do I eat on those days? For me it’s all about eating foods that I like. Sure, I can’t have them in the quantity that I like. And I have to make some adjustments. But I will not eat anything that I don’t like just because it’s healthy, or part of some diet. Totally not worth it.
I’ve fallen into a pattern that works. Today I had:
- 2 veggies bacon strips
- 1 veggie sausage link
- salad with lettuce, grape tomatoes, lite vinaigrette dressing, & Feta cheese
- scrambled egg made with a tablespoon of milk & a teaspoon of ketchup
- 2 veggie sausage links
- serving of steak fries with a tablespoon of ketchup
- salad with lettuce, grape tomatoes, light ranch dressing, & croutons
- small bag of Smartfood white cheddar popcorn
All of that added up to 697 calories and 60.1 grams of carbohydrates.
Was it enough food to keep me happy? No. There isn’t enough food in the world to keep me happy. (Analyze that!). But it was enough to keep me full. The key was spacing the food out. Eight very small meals.
Could I do this all the time? Oh my God no. And I think that would be incredibly unhealthy. Hell, I don’t even know if doing it two times a week is healthy. But I feel good, and I only need to do it twice a week. And never two days in a row. So when I want to sit down to a big plate of food, I just remind myself that I get to do that tomorrow.
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