If you have read through my ramblings on food, addiction and hunger thus far, you deserve a medal! This post is going to be short and to the point and strive to answer the burning question: “So where do I go from here?”
The picture is pretty bleak, truth be told. At the ripe old age of 38 I am spectacularly disillusioned with my ability to lose weight by dieting, much less keep it off! What’s more I now understand that there is a biological reason for this. In the words of Dr Lustig: “No one can exert cognitive inhibition over a biochemical drive that goes on every minute of every day of every year. It is just not possible.” So where does that leave me? Am I destined to die young and die fat? I really hope! In an effort to avoid this fate, I am have devised a bold experiment that seeks to determine whether it is possible to eat a diet:
- So delicious that I never crave junk food.
- So satisfying that I never get hungry.
- So rich in nutrition that my body gets everything it needs for health, energy and well-being.
- Sufficiently low in calories that I am able to reach and maintain a healthy body weight.
I also want to achieve all of the above by:
- Avoiding extremes. No deprivation and no bingeing. The “weight loss” phase of the plan needs to be as similar as possible to the “maintenance” phase.
- Not demonizing or deifying any of the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat).
- Not using any means to artificially suppress my appetite (no pills or potions!)
- The concept of a dieter’s “Cheat Day” must be rendered meaningless by every-day delicious and decadent eating!
As Dr Phil would say: “It’s a good deal if you can get it!” Of course I realize a deal this sweet will come at a cost. In order to achieve the above, I will commit to:
- Continually educate myself on the subjects of health and nutrition.
- Learn to cook and prepare my own meals from scratch.
- Do everything within my power to source the healthiest versions of all the foods I consume on a regular basis.
- Engage in regular physical exercise and strive to lead a generally active life.
The experiment will be deemed a provisional success if and when I have achieved a healthy weight and maintained it for one year, on the understanding that I would then need to commit to the plan for the rest of my life. This blog will chart my progress for the purpose of accountability and for my own interest and entertainment.
Anyone who chooses to follow my journey: Welcome and thank you! Feel free to comment, offer suggestions and encouragement and ask any questions you may have about what I am doing and why. I will try to answer to the best of my ability.