In case you’re interested, I thought I’d post the tweaks I’ve decided to make to my diet.
The short version:
- Cut dairy and all treats, 6 days a week.
- Add a cheat day; eat anything I want to on that day.
After I posted my frustrations on Friday, I did some more googling and reading for possible solutions. I ended up reading about the 4 Hour Body plan, which is very similar to how I’ve been eating – it’s low carb – but even more strict. No dairy. No Splenda.
While it does seem terribly unfair that some people – many people! – can lose like crazy while still eating cheese and heavy cream and ranch and a daily treat made with Splenda or some other sugar substitute, apparently – and so sadly – I cannot.
So. Stricter for the most part. But Tim Ferriss, the author of 4 Hour Body, insists on a cheat day – one day each week when you just go crazy and eat whatever you want. Knowing that you can indulge one day a week helps you to be more disciplined with the diet, plus eating more occasionally helps with some hormone science-y stuff that sounded convincing and fully persuaded me before it left my memory entirely. 🙂
I know the cheat day is controversial, but it’s a standard part of lots of strict diets, including the popular Body for Life. I’m going to go with it and see what happens.
Oddly enough, after I made the decision to cut dairy and Splenda, I saw this article by a low-carb blogger, suggesting that cutting dairy is a good idea if you want to lose weight.
(He previously wrote about cutting artificial sweeteners here. Not super-convincingly, really, but I’m going to cut them anyway and see if it helps my results.)
I decided to make Sunday my cheat day. Today being Sunday, not to mention Funny Commercial and Eat A Lot Day, I decided to go ahead and enjoy some treats. Pizza, ice cream, Diet Coke and a small brownie.
Fine. Two small brownies. They were good.
Tomorrow I’m back on the straight and narrow with my protein and veggies.
I expect the extra pounds to melt away like magic.
I’ll let you know how it goes.