I’m heading into week three of eating healthier than I ever have in my life. Considering that I never took it seriously before, and never got the results I wanted, this is huge for me. There are several things that I’ve noticed after these first couple of weeks that I’m sure others will notice as they start their healthy eating journey.
1. I feel hungry more often – I’m guessing this is because my metabolism is up. I used to skip breakfast and when I did eat it, it was usually cereal or oatmeal. Now breakfast consists of protein and vegetables. I cook it about ten minutes or so after I get up. I work out after breakfast and by the time lunch rolls around, I know it because I’m hungry for the next meal. Same goes for dinner after I’ve had my snacks for the day.
2. I feel lighter – Weird to say since I’ve only lost 4 lbs, however, I don’t feel that heavy carb bloat I would feel when I ate a lot of bread and/or pasta during the week. During my first week of healthy eating I dropped 3 lbs and I know that was bloat/water weight.
3. I’m having fun – This isn’t torture at all. Usually the word “diet” conjures up all sorts of negativity. You can’t eat what you want, etc. While you should eat healthy at least 90% of the time to get results, I do enjoy indulging in my favorites one day a week. I actually look forward to it. For example, tomorrow is my free day. I get to eat my favorite junk and I can’t wait. It’s like having the best of both worlds. You lose weight and get to enjoy your favorite treats.
Rule #4: Take one day off per week
I recommend Saturdays as your “Dieters Gone Wild” day. I am allowed to eat whatever I want on Saturdays, and I go out of my way to eat ice cream, Snickers, Take 5, and all of my other vices in excess. I make myself a little sick and don’t want to look at any of it for the rest of the week. Paradoxically, dramatically spiking caloric intake in this way once per week increases fat loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate (thyroid function, etc.) doesn’t downregulate from extended caloric restriction. That’s right: eating pure crap can help you lose fat. Welcome to Utopia. [source: www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/]
4. I’ve learned a lot – I’ve learned a lot about myself in that I am disciplined enough to eat this way. I view food differently and see it as fuel for my workouts during the week and as enjoyment on my cheat day. I finally realize the importance of diet in terms of fitness. It truly is all about mindset and doing what it takes.
Side note: I have begun reading Tim Ferriss’ book 4-Hour Body which goes into more detail about slow-carb eating. It is quite interesting so far.