So it's been a while since there's been an update on my second diet experiment. There's a few good reasons for that, but mostly because -
I fell off the wagon.
I participated in eating 'clean' for about a month. Everyday was a struggle to determine whether this particular food item was clean, or what about that food item?? Mentally, it was extremely frustrating for me. Did you know it's impossible to purchase a chilled tea like anywhere? Just cold tea. That's all I wanted.
I was finding more and more excuses to go out to eat (sweet potato fries are clean right...?) and then just say 'fuck it' once I got there. Then go out for ice cream afterwards.
This all culminated in about a 4-day eating extravaganza: Help Luke's parents move on Thursday and then go eat a bunch of fried seafood, see my brother for the first time in forever and go out to eat, Saturday have a family reunion with roughly 12 kinds of desserts of which I tried them ALL, Sunday eat with my parents for lunch then go out to eat again at night.
Woke up the next day at 163. Yeeeeeahhhhh.
So that day I decided it's about time to start Phase II, because this 'clean eating' shit just left me frustrated and EXTREMELY annoyed.
Clean Eating Review
- No calorie counting
- Forces you to eat more fresh foods which allows you to go by satiety signals.
- Drastically decreased my diet soda intake - even today I'm drinking much less than I was.
- Clean DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING
- If you are going out to eat, you either have to be that really annoying person who orders very specialized meals or just concede yourself to 'cheating.'
- A lot of not 'clean' foods have no good reason to not be eaten
- In my opinion, promotes an unhealthy relationship with food
Onto Calorie Counting
Started counting my calories and tracking food in earnest last Monday the 22nd. In general my nutrition goals for right now are:
- ~2000 calories per day
- 160g protein at least
- ~65g fat
- ~200g carbohydrates (whatever remains after protein / fat)
This is actually a ton of food when I am counting it all up. If you had asked me if I could lose weight during my experiment last year at 2000 calories I would have laughed. I was only eating 1200 - 1600 then. That was only something I could achieve with intermittent fasting. Surprisingly, so far I have been steadily dropping weight. I'm already back down to 160 as of this morning.
The best part is how my relationship with food has changed. Nothing is off-limits. In fact, even though in my head I say "I could really have a cookie if I wanted to right now and it would be okay," I often don't.
Seriously, a couple of times I've been at the end of the day and still needing to eat 200 - 300 calories, and have thought to myself "ugh...I really don't want to make or eat anything else." I forced my way through a greek yogurt / protein powder combo yesterday. IT WAS AWESOME. Going from feeling constantly deprived to feeling like the last thing I want to do is eat more is so mind-boggling to me - it's incredibly exciting.
So seriously, if you feel like your relationship with food is not a positive or fun one, I encourage you to give counting calories and macros a try for just a little while. It can be a little annoying to look up the information on everything - especially when you're making recipes - but just remember it doesn't have to be 100% perfect. Experimenting is a wonderful thing.
P.S. You can follow EXACTLY what I am eating everyday on myfitnesspal!
P.P.S. Once I've been doing calorie counting for a month I'll have some pictures. I looked absolutely no different when I took pictures for the end of Phase I so I didn't bother posting. No one needs that many pictures of me.