Thursday, July 10, 2014
Urban dictionary defines it as "An epiphany in which one realizes the truth of a matter."
After years of running from the truth of the matter, it has finally dawned on me: I need to eat a low-calorie diet. Pretty much every day. For the rest of my life.
You may think I've known or thought this all along. After all I have been on Spark for years, lost tons of weight, surely I did this by eating fewer calories!
Yes, I have eaten fewer calories. But I always do this with a gimmick of some kind. It isn't cutting calories, it's being vegan, or low-carb, or paleo. Not that there is anything wrong with any of those styles of eating. I've enjoyed and had success with all of them. But what they all share is the removal of one or more food groups which results in calorie restriction.
I loathe the idea of calorie restriction. It just seems so -- RESTRICTIVE! So instead of facing facts -- I eat too much, most of the time -- I have sought "the perfect diet." The one that will enable me to keep eating too much most of the time but miraculously still lose weight.
I've had some success with this. Particularly, with a very low carb diet, you can eat a large volume of food without eating a large volume of calories. But, even though it helps me lose weight in the short term, it does not help me with my essential problem which is that I EAT TOO MUCH, MOST OF THE TIME. That is the issue. Fix that, fix the weight problem.
So, I'm currently working on maintaining a low-calorie diet. Specifically, I am trying to eat no more than 1278 calories per day. It is comprised mostly of good healthy fruits, vegetables, lean proteins. But I am not really eating large quantities of these foods. Three meals, 1 or two snacks. Modest amounts, weighed out on the scale.
If I am going to truly lose weight -- and maintain that loss -- I have to finally change, not just the food I eat, but the QUANTITY in which I eat it.