Day One has come and I’m half way through it so far. I wanted to take some time out to outline my Diet plan for this contest and how I plan on Sticking to it.
To give you some background, I’ve tried several different diets including, but not limited to:
- South Beach Diet
- My Fitness Pal App (Calorie Counting)
- Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Juice Diet
- Exercising with eating “healthy” all natural foods
I’ve seen great initial results with all of these diets, but have always had a hard time sticking to them. The diet I lost the most weight with and stayed on the longest was using the My Fitness Pal App on my iPhone. I lost 25 in about 2 months. I went from 240 pounds (my biggest weight) down to 215. But as with all my other diets, I got bored, and started cheating on my diet. The first time I cheat on my diets it always seems like I ate some phantom food or something, because I would never gain a single pound and sometimes it seemed like I would lose a pound or two after splurging on a fast food burger and fries. So then I always thought I would get away with it and would continue to do it over and over until a month later I would be 5-10 pounds heavier than my lowest weight on the diet.
Soooooo…. how do I change my previous behavior and keep a plan on track for 2 months? Well the good news is I can admit my previous failures. That’s the first step. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. But how do I not get bored like I always have in the past? Failure needs to be our teacher, not our undertaker (Zig Zigler). I have never held myself accountable for failing in the past. That is one reason I wanted to start this blog and video log. When I fail, I am going to make the commitment that I will be honest and open about that… even if the failure doesn’t lead to weight gain, I will bring attention to it and figure a way out to rectify it. Next I need to be random and switch up my diets fast when I feel the bored-ness coming on and the weight starting to level off.
Next, I have a weight loss plan in mind and am going to lay it out here…. Everyday I will drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water on whatever diet I may be on. This is a good constant for any diet and I’ve done this often in the past on a diet or not.
My weight loss plan will be as follows… the first week to 10 days I am going to be on the Nutrisystem Diet. That is the most recent diet I did and I still have food left over. That diet puts your food intake at about 1500-1600 calories a day. I should be able to lose about 3-5 pounds over the next 10 days on this.
After all of that food is done, I will be doing the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet of juicing. If you have never seen the movie “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” I would recommend it. Its not too long and tells you about the health benefits of doing this diet. I did this before almost 2 years ago and lost 15 pounds in 10 days. I plan on doing it for 10 days this round as well and it should allow me to lose 10-15 pounds.
This is about the time my weight starts to level off, but the next step will be back to My Fitness Pal. I will incorporate as many fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains as I can on this diet at the beginning. It is the recommended way to come off of the Juicing Diet is by eating whole foods that are in no way processed. I should be able to lose another 5-10 pounds over a two week period on this diet. It will recommend me to eat about 1700 calories a day.
After that period I will probably have anywhere between 2-4 weeks to stay on a diet and consistently lose weight. This will be the time that I need to start getting more creative. I will probably continue the calorie counting diet, but to keep focused I think I need to start cooking more often. I love to cook and will explore low calorie – high taste options to keep me interested.
I’m a little worried at this point my weight will level off and I will have a hard time losing any additional weight even if I stick to my plan. If this does happen I will start incorporating exercise (yikes) into my diet plan.
I would love to hear any ideas you all may have to help me finish the last 2-3 weeks of this diet. Let me know if you think my idea of switching up the diet is a good one or not.
Hopefully there will be a skinnier Paul here soon!