I am glad to see that you consider this only a temporary "lifestyle" change. But it is more a diet than a lifestyle. A lifestyle is how you live your life and since you aknowledge that this is temporary to kick start you, it's just a diet.
Type-B or not, and I am a type-B myself, tracking has it's benefits. The best side benefit I found was "If I eat that, I have to write it down. Do I really want to go to that trouble? No. Then skip it." And I mean don't eat it, not don't track it. That's pretty type-B.
The best thing you can do for yourself in the longer run is to learn how to eat proper portions of all the right stuff. Denial leads to cravings. Take from a guy who lost 90 pounds on Weight Watchers, going to the meetings, eating real food all the time. Yes I cut out the fast food, mostly because it wasn't worth the points (calories). Since you cannot maintain a juice and slimfast diet over the long term ... a lifetime ... you need to think in terms of what you can do long term.
Typical day for me: whole fruit and three egg white, baby bel, arnold sandwich thin or oatmeal for breakfast. A soup or salad or both for lunch, sometimes toppped with 2 ounces of meat or beans. And whole fruit. Afternoon snack of popcorn. Dinner is a cup of a vegetable, half cup of some whole grain or small potato, and 3 ounces of meat. I might have an evening snack of something sweet like a 1/3 cup ice cream or some fruit or a greek yogurt.
I rarely go to bed hungry. I have had plenty to eat. If I am a little hungry, I have something filling; a piece of chicken breast, a piece of fruit, a cup of milk.
It is low in calories and full of all the nutrients I need. Protein, Carbohydrates, Fats, and Fiber. It's sustainable, not boring, I can eat it anywhere, serve it to my family.
And I lost 90-pounds at it. That took me 18 months. It's been off for three years now.
And I still go to my Weight Watcher meetings because lifetime members who attend meetings regularly even at goal, remain at goal significantly better than those who do not. I used to go every week, even when I was out of town ... like going to Mass. But now that I am a lifetime member, I go every week when I am home and if there is a convenient meeting where I am out of town, I'll go, just not as religiously.
I would suggest you try Weight Watchers again, only this time do it for real. Pay for the monthly pass, go to the meetings, weigh in weekly, even and especially when you know, just know, that you have gained this week. And seriously work the program. Don't let your type-B personality stand in your way of success. Don't let it be an excuse for failure.
Edited by: TIMOTHYNOHE at: 12/1/2012 (22:21)
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