This question has been bugging me for quite sometime now. I am one week into my extremely clean diet without workout challenge. And I must say, I’ve been successful in losing those tough pounds that I had been trying to for quite sometime. But, eating clean is not easy. The not easy part is the constantly coming up with ideas and searching for good healthy items. My weekly grocery shopping time just doubled, and so did my grocery bill! But it is something I am willing to let go for my health. But at the end of a few days, its more or less annoying.
The other issue is that the more health articles I read and youtube videos I watch, the bigger my list of “what you cannot eat” gets. Everything I used to love eating, has now been moved to the “cannot eat” list, leaving barely a few items on the “you can eat” list. So now I have to find ways of being creative with those few items along with the craziness of work and school! Go time management! However I have found a way to make my eating habits fun, and here’s what I do:
1). Moderation: Most people who are on a diet, decide to completely cut everything on the “cannot eat” list. The key is to eat everything in moderation. Even when you are eating a healthy greek salad, eat it in moderation and no more bigger than your fist size. And when you decide to splurge on an ice cream, keep it to a baby cup size and not a whole pint. My mantra is to eat little bit of everything and maintaining a balance. So you do not make your body crave for any food item and over-eat later.
2). Cheat Meals: Just like I mentioned in my last point. It is important to get in a cheat meal once a day. It could be a small cup of ice cream, a piece of chocolate, or even a burger, depending on how your diet has been throughout the day. Cheat meals help to regulate your body. If you deprived your body of the sugar and fats completely and suddenly, your body will go in starvation mode and will hold on to all those fat you are trying to burn.
3). Eat Little, Eat Often: I realized that I was eating little, but eating something every hour or two hours. That helped in keeping my metabolism high and in the end I consumed a small amount, but over a long period of time, burning calories at the same time.
4). Drink Water, Eat Less: Drinking water before and after meals tells your brain that you are full, which will help you consume lesser food.
5). Be In The Moment: Weight loss is a journey. Do not try to rush it. And if you do not see the pounds coming off, don’t sweat. It is important to stay in the moment and be focussed on what you are doing currently. If you are working out, just work out and enjoy it without thinking about how many pounds this workout is going to make you lose. Most people force themselves to eat what they do not like just because they want to look great for a certain event. And I understand. But eating clean and good is a lifestyle you will need to adopt permanently. If you make something a part of your life, you will attain your goal before you know.
Hopefully this helps. Please leave your comments and feedback below. I’d love to know what you guys think.