Wednesday, February 06, 2013
It has taken me a long time to realize that I function the best when I have structure in my life. I need a plan. Winging it, just doesn't really work for me. It ends up depending on my daily mood swings and is often interrupted by unforeseen circumstances. So, it is especially true when it comes to how I eat.
In the past when I have been most successful at losing weight it was because I chose a food/eating plan, and then stuck to it. So, I know that it is something I must do again if I want to keep my focus and be successful. In the past I have found success with low carb diets. I do my best when I control carbs in my diet. I have found this out through much trial and error. I can not be successful for very long on low calorie, low fat diets that encourage eating a lot of whole grains, pasta, rice. Those things just set off my carb cravings and I always end up over indulging. While I love low carb eating.. I have become a lazy low carber. I eat too many processed meats and cheese. (both of those things are discouraged in low carb diets) I can go a long time with little or no carbs.. but, at some point I will eat them again. Then I go completely crazy with them and spin off plan.
So, I have tried to look for a plan that offers me the balance I know I need to find. I have been reading the 17 day diet book. It lays out four -17 day cycles of eating.
The first of course is the most restrictive. I like that it acknowledges the need to limit sugar intake but still has you incorporating healthy carbs. Such as fruit. That is something I usually eliminate completely. But, on this plan you incorporate fruit into your daily plan. You simply choose the fruits that are lower in sugar and eat them early in the day. Most veggies are unlimited which is good for me because I LOVE them and am happy to fill up on a huge salad.
The bottom line is that this plan is simple, structured, and controls carbs without eliminating them. So I am hopeful it will help me to form my new way of eating and thinking about food.
I am nervous of course to start a new plan... there is always a bit of fear of failure for me. But, honestly to continue to ignore the weight I am gaining is the only way I could fail.