I didn’t think it was possible to loose 5 pounds in 2 weeks while being healthy at the same time. I recently lost 2.5 pounds per week! Average weight loss with diet and/or exercise tends to be 1 pound per week. From June 6th to June 20th (exactly 2 weeks), I have lost 5 pounds. Have I been starving myself? No. Have I been more active than usual? Unfortunately, no. What changed in the last two weeks was believing that what I put inside my mouth is important. I have not been counting calories. Rather, I have been viewing food as “medicine” for my brain, heart + body. Simply, if the food has low to no nutritional value, I haven’t been eating it. Here’s what’s on the no-go list:
– no junk food at all (not even a little bit). meaning no chips, cookies, cakes, candy, etc.
– no easy frozen foods. nothing breaded. no french fries.
– no drinking calories. besides water, coffee or tea are the only ones that I drink.
– cut down on sugar. I no longer have sugar in my coffee – just milk.
– eating less meat and when I do, mostly lean meat (chicken, turkey)
– no white stuff. no white rice, potatoes, and wheat (pasta, bread, wraps, pizza, etc!)
I have hypothyroidism which causes my metabolism to be super sluggish. I think cutting out all the white stuff and replacing it with vegetables instead has been the biggest contributing factor to the weight loss. I have heard Dr. Oz explain that a lot of the white/processed foods make us want to consume more food. This is due to the reality that our brains keep track of nutrients and not calories. So when we eat chips, our brain sends signals to eat more as our brain received zero nutrients. This may explain the whole, “just can’t eat one” saying 🙂
While I lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks, others may loose even more or may loose less. It depends on a lot of factors. What matters here is that this isn’t a crash diet – this is a lifelong commitment to eating healthy. This is remembering the reality that what we put in our mouths really does matter. Is it easy? No. Is it possible? Most definitely.
If you want to learn more about what I’m eating, see this previous post: The Daniel Plan: Post 2