I've done a heck of a lot of diets & weight loss programs over the years. And through each one that I tried and failed at, I learned something about myself. Things like:
**Tracking my every calorie (or "points") does not work for me.
**Extremely low-calorie, low-fat or low-carb diets don't work for me long term either. I have had short term success losing weight on all of these, but whenever I began to "go back" to "normal" eating, the weight would begin to creep back on again.
**Ultra intense workout programs don't work out long-term for me either...same idea as above...if I can't sustain it for a long period of time, it won't last.
So I am not dieting this time. I am not beginning some crazy intense workout plan either. I am embarking on the lifestyle that I can and want to implement in my life long term...and that is pretty simple itself. Here's the idea:
Eat Natural. Avoid the "White Stuff".
Basically this means that if the food (and all it's ingredients) doesn't directly come from the ground, a tree, an animal or other plant - then I won't eat it. Also, if a quasi-natural ingredient goes through intensive processing to reach a new state (ie - refined sugar or white flour...the 'white stuff"), I also won't eat it. My eating choices will consist of meat, cheese, fruit, veggies and whole grains. For the first month (January 4th - February 4th), I will not consume whole grains & fruit. There is nothing wrong with either of those foods. But those foods have elements of sugars (albeit natural) in them. Because I've subsisted nearly entirely on carbs and sugars, I want to give my body a chance to reset itself without being confused by the sugars in such foods. If all is going well, I will introduce fruits and whole grains at that time.
HERE WE GO!!!