Three weeks ago I decided that I REALLY needed to take off not only the 5 holiday pounds I gained but also at least 10 of the thirty I’ve been lugging around for the last six years or so. Ever optimistic, I decided to try the “don’t eat when you’re not hungry” diet.
Well, I’m not very good at it. I managed to lose the five, but it was very wobbly going, and in less than a week I managed to put about three of them back on. It’s probably a great long-term diet, and I expect it’s perfect for maintaining a healthy weight once you’ve arrived at one. But for now I have to admit that I’ve failed at it.
That’s just a data point. Back when I decided to lose weight I also decided that certain data points would require a change in strategy. Not losing the holiday five by late January was one of my pre-defined triggers, so as of today I’m low-carbing again.
A low-carb diet is really hard to maintain on a budget, but we’ve got a bit more money than we had the last time I tried this so it should be a bit easier. By default this diet cuts 95% of processed foods out of my meals, and I end up eating a lot more fresh vegetables (low-carb naysayers always come back to “what about vegetables,” and the answer is “shut up. I’m eating them.”) because they’re the perfect complement to the fish, chicken, beef, pork, and cheese that I’m subsisting on.
I also end up eating a lot of clear soup. Cheap, easy, filling, and you can drop all kinds of goodies in it for variety.
In the past my low-carb diets have been punctuated by carb-binges (usually fueled by an addiction to Nesquik.) I’ve kicked the Nesquik habit, and I think I have a handle on the “don’t eat when you’re not hungry” plan, so this time around when I think I just HAVE to have some carbs I’ll make sure I only have ’em when I’m hungry, and I don’t eat past “full.” This should allow me to do things like attend conventions and family vacations without stressing over the fact that the food is all starches and insufficiently tiny bits of dead beast.