“Many people lose hope when trying to lose weight. – Tim Ferris
Fortunately, it doesn’t need to be complicated. There are a lot of people out there, gym junkies and all, who question themselves about how many carbs to eat.
The basic rules are simple, all followed 6 days per week:
Rule #1: Avoid “white” starchy carbohydrates (or those that can be white). This means all bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and grains (yes, including quinoa). If you have to ask, don’t eat it. This kills for me because sometimes I would throw rice into my diet – the Thai diet. This is very pivotal for the majority of Thai people, even including one of my students who doesn’t like her shape. Well, she eats rice three times a day with her meals. Boom.
Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again, especially for breakfast and lunch. Good news: You already do this. Example, with a busy teaching schedule such as mine, I always prepare my trips on Friday (the day before the madness) so I know not only what I’m going to eat, but how I’m going to get there. I buy my almonds and avocados the night before, get my salad after I workout in the morning, and get my main meal for the day that lasts me all the way until 6:40pm. Time to stay away from the rice!
Rule #3: Don’t drink calories. Exception: 1 to 2 glasses of dry red wine per night is allowed.
Rule #4: Don’t eat fruit. (Fructose → glycerol phosphate → more body fat, more or less.) Avocado and tomatoes are allowed. Yeah, we were told our lives to eat 2-4 servings (plus or minus) of fruit along with a ton of grains. Oops.
Rule #5: Whenever possible, measure your progress in body fat percentage, NOT total pounds. The scale can deceive and derail you.
Rule #6: Take one day off per week and go nuts. I choose and recommend Saturday. This is “cheat day,” which a lot of readers also call “Faturday.” For biochemical and psychological reasons, it’s important not to hold back. Some readers keep a “to-eat” list during the week, which reminds them that they’re only giving up vices for 6 days at a time.”
See, now that isn’t so bad, right? Speaking of cheat days, one of my students declared Sunday his cheat day. He literally goes into a shopping center for a few hours and loses it. I never really had a cheat day throughout my week (although cheat meals are more common), however, I will closely consider this.
Hope this works for everyone!