Well...here I am...
...thinking about the "Best" Diet.
I was reading a blog earlier where the blogger posted a link to an article that rated and ranked the "best" diets. Of course, this same organization/website also had an article about sex toy safety!!!
In my past, I've tried several of these plans with varying degrees of success. I'm a lifetime member of one of them. Go figure!
Given all the reading I've done over the last year, I think many of the recommendations are misplaced and based on a historical bias rather than results. But to each his own. What's the popular saying? YMMV - your mileage may vary. I know many folks have success on each of these plans.
I see an endocrinologist on a regular basis because of my previous thyroid cancer. I loved the endo I had in Texas, but had trouble finding one once we moved here. I'm quite picky when it comes to doctors and I totally believe that *I* am the one in charge of my health. Anyway, I found an endo here. He was okay the first time I saw him, but his true colors came out on subsequent visits. He reduced the amount of thyroid medication I was taking to the point that I stopped having periods, I became sluggish, and my hair fell out. The final straw came when he told me that I should eat no more than 1000 calories a day. It was at that point that I knew he was an idiot. I never saw him again and wouldn't recommend him to anyone. Plus, one of his nurses was a real bitch.
So I set out to develop my own plan that I could use to lose weight and then adjust to maintain for the rest of my life. One of my major tenants was that I had to reduce sugar and it seems to be working for me. Granted - I think it's working... slowly. I mean I haven't lost 100 pounds yet and it's been 3 WHOLE MONTHS!!! What's up with that???
Seriously, I'm always trying to maximize my eating to help me lose weight while trying to maximum my nutrition. What have I ended up with? Basically, a ketogenic-type diet.
Most folks think ketogenic, immediately think Atkins, and then think high protein. But this is totally not what I'm doing. I'm doing moderate protein with about 20% - 30% calories from protein. At the same time, I'm keeping the CHO low at approximately 10%; the remaining calories come from fat. My total calories average about 1750 each day.
I've been keeping track of my intake using Fatsecret. Sometimes I weigh, sometimes I estimate, but I've been 100% on tracking it. As far as that goes, if I've decided to weigh my food, I'll zero out a plate on the scale, put the food I want on the plate and then record the amount.
It might sound like I'm a bit obsessive, but I'm not at all. BUT, I think I might need to be.
I do get a bit frustrated at the rate of weight loss, but I'm not sure it's reasonable. I mean - I'm losing, my plan is working, I'm not deprived, and I even have some "cheats". Sounds like a pretty successful plan to me.
If I could stop eating out, I'm almost positive I'd lose faster. But no one is making me eat out. It's all a matter of the decisions I make. What's that saying I quote a week or so ago? You can have results or you can have excuses, but you can't have both.
I think that fits here.
P.S. I purposely walked more today.