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This is not a diet – this is how I eat now

Today Row asked an interesting question on her fantastic blog Journey to 75kgWhat happens after #28daysnochocolate finishes?

My response to that is, what finish?

I’m not on a diet.  I don’t do diets and I don’t do calorie counting.  Let me explain why.

Back in the early 90’s when I weighed close to 100 kg, I went on a “diet” and exercise program.  I walked about 4 hours a day and only ate one meal a day.  I was thrilled when I dropped 25 kg and was down to 75 kg.  The problem is that I didn’t learn anything about nutrition or controlling my eating.  It’s not like I immediately started to gorge on junk food and put all the weight back on overnight.  It’s just that I gave myself “permission” to eat that piece of cake or chocolate bar or some other junk because I was thin! Why not? What could it hurt?  It probably took about 10 years to put the weight back on but I didn’t stop there.  I kept eating my way all the way to 115 kg.  So that is all the weight I had lost plus interest.  One health issue of this is that by doing this you can actually increase your body fat percentage.  I was assessed at 101.5 kg for body fat % and waist measurement.  After a diet and exercise program where I lost weight and then later gained the weight back again, I was assessed again at just under 100 kg.  Overall I had lost weight but increased my body fat % and waist!  Bad outcome…

I have made a conscious choice to be fit and healthy and so I now think, eat and exercise like a fit and healthy person does.  I haven’t been keeping up with Biggest Loser this year because I really think they have lost their way.  Taking morbidly obese people and encouraging them to gorge on junk food for money is extremely irresponsible.  I prefer Excess Baggage for its support of contestants and focus on health and fitness, not pure weight loss.  Anyway, in an earlier episode Steve (the Commando) was trying to show his team how to eat.  He made a huge salad right in front of them with some grilled chicken on top for protein.  One of the big guys actually looked terrified.  Commando looked him in the eye and said something like: what wrong? You look scared!  He replied with something like: I’m scared of eating all that salad.  Commando gave a direct response which went something like: This is what I eat.  Look at me and look at you.  Get used to it.

That simple statement “This is what I eat” really resonated with me.  I don’t like being a fat, unfit person but I was thinking like a fat, unfit person, eating like a fat, unfit person and exercising like a fat, unfit person.

I decided to change. I decided to be fit and healthy I decided to:

  • think like a fit and healthy person
  • eat like a fit and healthy person
  • train like a fit and healthy person

So, this is not a diet.  This is how I eat now.

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  1. February 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    It’s a lifestyle! Thinking this way will certainly help you succeed! Go get it! 🙂

  2. February 23, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Sounds like we’re all on the same vibe at the moment.

  3. February 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I think we are on the same vibe at the moment. Maybe we helped each other get there. I have a good feeling about this time around. I have nearly got there before but not this far. I have gone on diets and lost weight in the past lots of times. Actually, I got really good at it. The problem is that I was thinking like a fat person trying to be thin. I have never made the shift in my mind before to start thinking like a healthy person. I think that is essential to long term health and fitness.

  4. March 4, 2012 at 10:24 am

    10 Advices For Ingesting Healthy

    1. Be careful about your extra fat ingestion. Every excess fat g consists of 9 calories from fat so by reading through about the same calories from fat on the food and knowing the amount of excess fat, you are able to calculate the Percent of excess fat, that will certainly not go beyond 30Percent in the food.

    2. Reduce your salt ingestion, as over-usage of sea salt is among the reasons for unhealthy weight. Then when I believe that lessen, After all to try to lessen your sodium ingestion reduce to 50 percent what it really was this past year.

    3. Alternative typical butter for ldl cholesterol-totally free butter. When you have an option it’s more healthy individually and tastes also, it is clear that it ought to be made. Basic replacements such as this is easy to adjust to, and assist with weight reduction too.

    4. As opposed to cooking issues try out preparing them without excess fat. Cooking is without question a more healthful way of planning foods than cooking. Preparing needs lower acrylic or extra fat.

    5. Make use of a non-stick fry griddle for the cooking food to actually don’t have to include essential oil. The golden guideline would be to steer clear of just as much acrylic as possible along with a low-stay griddle is the best solution for your trouble.

    6. Disect your vegetables rather than cooking them, in addition to, eat them fresh. Nevertheless unless you like eating your vegetables since it is, try sizzling them with out incorporating anything whatsoever. This really is most likely the most practical way to eat cabbages, cauliflowers and many other vegetables.

    7. Take in parsley often. Parsley is a superb place to eat between foods, as it is made up of number of vitamins, and in addition it will freshen your breathing.

    8. When obtainable, replacement a minimal-body fat or body fat-free version. If you are lower-extra fat and the body excess fat-free of charge model of numerous meals available on the market these days, although a lot of folks just get what you could possibly get. Store properly and select lower extra fat replacements, since these will help weight reduction and they are more healthy for your coronary heart.

    In fact, with fat loss getting popular nowadays, makers have formulated numerous body fat-free and low-extra fat things. Watch of those alternatives next time you look for food.

    Fat will have nutrition, however the calories they pack over-shadow their rewards, as opposed to proteins and carbs, so reduce reduced it to

    49. Steer clear of happening celebrity diets. They’re not efficient, and incredibly will wreck the work you’ve done to get rid of lbs. Celebrity diets aren’t wholesome, since they cause you to think you lose a couple of pounds rapidly but when you cease, you will get almost everything back again and even more. Fad diets are believed unsuitable for your prolonged-term, meaning any improvements the truth is disappears and possibly harm you.

    Fad diets appear excellent, nonetheless they seldom deliver final results, and they are always quick-resided. The sole practical use for fad diets may be to squeeze into a particular gown or match for a milestone.

    10. Develop a training of ingesting all meals which includes liquid food and soft foods, specifically candy, no less than 8 to 12 instances. This crucial as it will prove to increase spit on the foods, and spit is vital on the digestion of food of glucose. A lot of people possess a poor practice of eating so quick, it is virtually consuming foods. When this occurs, saliva barely combines using this food, so our abdomen doesn’t break down it as well, reducing our intake of nourishment.

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  5. March 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks for taking to the time to comment on my post. I agree with your comments on salt and fad diets but I don’t agree about avoiding fat. There are nutritious fats such avocado, olive, fish and coconut that are essential for nutrition and health. Some of these fats have been proven to lower cholesterol and assist brain functioning. Including nutritious fats in every meal can help people feel more satisfied for longer after eating, can help reduce the amount people eat and help regulate hormone levels. Low fat alternatives are generally less nutritious than full fat versions and should be avoided. Lot fat alternatives are packed with added sugar to make up for the taste or worse, have artificial sweeteners that have been proven to increase weight gain in some people.

  1. March 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm

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