I’ve had some practice with diets/lifestyle changes/body comp improvements and learned a lot over the last few years. I think the more you know about yourself, the easier it is to pick something that will work. I’ve done weight watchers, a year of gluten free eating, the 4 hour body, and a nutritionist guided plan in the past. All yielded successes and taught me a little more about my unique physiology in the process.
When choosing what to do this time, I considered Body for Life, Autoimmune Paleo, 17 Day Diet, Weight Watchers, gluten free, and the nutritionist plan I followed last year. My goal for the short term is to re-shape my body and lose weight. My long term goal is to improve my health, lower my stress, and lower autoimmune flare ups which my body tends towards. I currently have the time to prepare my foods, enjoy recipe creation, and feel comfortable making my plans independently, listening to the feedback my body gives, and committing to something challenging.
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Taking all of that into consideration, I decided to make my own plan! Its a combination of what I like from each of eating model, and I think it incorporates the changes I want to make.
SIDEBAR: I’m neurotic about measurements. If you can’t see it, quantify it, or measure it, you’re probably making it up. People only believed in magic until they understood science. So, if you’re not a numbers person (who are you and why are you here?), you’ll probably want to skip reading the rest of this and being my friend.
- drink 75 oz. of water per day
- eat every 3-4 hours
- focus on healthy protiens
- veggies 4-5x/day
- fruits 3-4x/day (focus on low sugar)
- 1 small starch 1x/day
- protein with every meal/snack
- take probiotics or drink kombucha
- daily vitamins: fish oil, calcium + magnesium, multiv, fiber
COMPLETELY AVOID: ibuprophen, nuts, sugar, processed foods, bread, grains, cereal, etc., alcohol
LIMIT: dairy, seed based spices, fats, potatoes/nightshades, salt, eggs (farm fresh or omega 3s)
My Daily plan will look something like this:
I intend to do a full 30 days before changing anything. I want to see how dramatically I can change my body composition by eliminating sugar and processed foods. I think those changes will be more dramatic than any weight loss and contribute more to my overall health than anything else. I will update my progress weekly.
STARTING WEIGHT: 158.8 lbs
Love it or leave it, you’ve got to start somewhere.