You might be thinking that this figure is hardly dramatic. It is not, that's true. As I stated earlier, I wanted to lose weight in a maintainable way. This is not a quick fix solution. I hope that this can make a difference to my weight for the rest of my life.
I don't want to be writing this blog in December saying that I am dieting again. In my mind this isn't really a diet anyway. It is a change in lifestyle - fundamentally changing habits.
Eating - Super foods to Achieve TargetsI ate a whole lot less in general but a whole lot more fruit, vegetables ... and soups. I've increased my consumption of super foods. That's not to say I didn't eat them before - now I just eat more. In many cases as a replacement for junk snacks.
Top 5 Super Food Fruit Intake
Top 5 Vegetable Intake
- Root vegetables
Top 5 General Foods Intake
- Olive oil
- Dark chocolate (even home-made)
Daily ScheduleMy daily meals during the week would normally omit breakfast - I know this is bad but Finnish lunchtime is so early that it hardly seemed worthwhile having breakfast. If I did have breakfast it would be a couple of boiled eggs or bran with yogurt and berries if available.
Lunchtime meal would be stir-fry vegetables with a portion of fish or a salad selection. During the weekends I would normally eat soup.
Evening meals would be soup for at least 5 nights a week. On the nights away from liquid it would be steak and vegetables or similar.
At this point in time I have almost completely cut the following from my diet
5 Things Not In My Diet Anymore
Moving - to Achieve TargetsThis can be broken down into moving and not moving. My general activity levels were around the scale expected of someone who does a desk job: around 13 000 steps which equates approximately to just over two hours of walking. When you are a desk jockey though it is quite a hard level to maintain. I basically did this by
3 Ways I Would Move More
- Walk the dog for at least one long walk each day
- Take an extra trip to the local shop or recycling
- Make a conscious effort to take stairs instead of elevators
Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain.So during these period I was pretty strict with myself. Forgoing candies, ice-cream and a multitude of food goodness that I'd been accustomed to. I don't think that I missed out too much though. I just had to think about what I ate a bit first. I made some pretty nice food, besides some delicious soups. I will be sharing some of these recipes very soon.
When you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite.
Source: - University of Chicago on health.com.
Do you think this would work for you?