If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, or spoken to me in person very often, you know that I have been on a quest to lose weight for many years. Weight that was gained slowly, a couple of pounds a year, over time. So the amount I wanted to lose grew every year. Along with my frustration.
I tried various versions of body-building diets, like Body for Life. Too restrictive. When meals are only matter-of-fact and never fun, I get very, very grumpy. And then I eat ice cream.
I tried low carb, and stuck with it for a long time, almost two years. At the end of the two years I weighed more than when I’d started. I enjoyed eating all that bacon and cheese, but I did not lose weight.
I tried Slim Fast. I tried Volumetrics. I counted calories and macros. I tried a Whole30 – for one day. (Worst. Diet. Ever.) All restrictive, all felt like punishment, all unsustainable and thus unsuccessful.
Last December I bought a Fitbit and started the Every Other Day Diet. Since then I’ve lost 12 pounds.
The Every Other Day Diet sounds like a joke, I know. I mentioned it in a comment on Instagram once and someone thought I was kidding.
There is a book, but here’s the gist of it: It’s a two day cycle. On one day, you only eat 500 calories. The next day, you eat whatever you want. The end.
It’s really that simple. No special recipes to follow or shakes to buy. No foods are off limits on the feast day. Just stick to 500 calories on the diet day. That’s it.
The reason it works for me is that it’s sustainable. All those other diets I tried? I lost a few pounds on some, but they never lasted long. Because willpower, man. I can’t handle restriction for very long.
With the EODD, the restriction only lasts for one day at a time. I can deny myself for one day, knowing that nothing is off limits tomorrow.
In my quest to lose weight, I have also tried numerous workout plans. Bought books. Paid for plans from fitness celebrities. You know what I’m doing now?
My Fitbit tracks my steps. I aim for 10,000 steps each day. Knowing whether or not I’m on track to meet my goal has been very motivating. Most days, I head out for a walk around our neighborhood after we finish school.
And that’s it. Twelve pounds, y’all. Two jeans sizes.
We do have a weight bench and weights in the garage, and I am trying to get out there and lift, but I haven’t been consistent about it. In order to lose more weight (I’d like to lose 20 total), I know I will have to push the intensity of my workouts. I’m planning to kick it up with some gym classes and more lifting once we finish our school year.
If you would like to drop some weight, I recommend trying this diet. Sometimes simple is best. Let me know if you have questions about it!