Welcome to part 2! If you’ve missed part 1, please go back and take a read– there are some goodies on intermittent fasting and “6 meals a day.” Here are some more of my experiences with different diets.
Disclaimer: Because of the volume of diets that are out there, I had to split my food journey into three parts for easier and lighter reading.
Ok, time to continue!
The bodybuilder special. You have a set amount of protein, fats, and carbs to eat in a single day. Nutritional labels and the app myfitnesspal were constantly used, which again turned obsessive for me.
Every little thing I thought about eating had to be documented into my food journal and calculated to make sure it fits within my daily quota. I had to cook extremely simple meals so that I can weigh my food portions on the scale and figure out what I was consuming.
Overall Thoughts: I think this was probably the most time consuming and overwhelming thing I’ve ever done. However, this is a tried and true method to losing fat because it requires you to be very strict with yourself. Going out to eat is pretty much not going to happen unless you are having a “cheat day.”
Did I find any success?: Absolutely! I did lose some fat in this practice, BUT it was too restrictive for me so I ended up binge eating when it was “cheat day.” I also ended up using some of my carb budget on a single oreo cookie which gave me zero nutrition or satisfaction.
This is exactly what it sounds like. I think it was the first “diet” I have ever tried. I googled for websites that offered to calculate how many calories I was burning on a daily basis and then I logged my food to make sure I was eating under that.
Similar to counting macros, being restrictive into what you are eating will eventually make anyone go a little bit crazy. I tried to find anything low calorie to eat so that I could “eat more” in a day without blowing my limit.
Overall Thoughts: Eating out was HELL – I could only go to restaurants that offered “calories” on their menu (or if myfitnesspal had it entered)
Did I find any success?: Nope. The quality of the food I ate suffered and in turn that only made my hormone condition worse. Buying the “diet” version of anything was not a good idea.
Keto (Ketogenic Diet)
I thought I hit the jackpot when I discovered a diet that is all fat. I was so excited over all the bacon, eggs, and cheese I could eat! Keto is a low carb high fat diet that puts your body in a metabolic state called ketosis. The idea behind this is your body gets really good at burning the fat for energy rather than glucose from your carbohydrates. (Everyone loves a low carb diet, right?)
This diet was actually recommended to me based on my naturopath results by a health coach. That was probably the most sluggish I’ve felt in all the diets. Although many people have had great results, it did the exact opposite for little old me because of all the animal products I was consuming, not to mention it took a toll on my cholesterol.
Overall Thoughts: If you love fats and don’t mind skipping over some bread, this will be great for you. It’s definitely one of the more enjoyable diets, but it involves a lot of planning and cooking. There are still options to eat out if you skip most of the sauces. It can get pretty difficult if you have a weak digestion and cannot consume dairy products.
Did I find any success?: I gained fat from this diet and it made me feel exhausted. This clashed with my unstable hormones and high cholesterol.
In conclusion (so far) since part 1, I have incorporated a lighter version of intermittent fasting into my diet which works for me. I’ve discovered that highly restrictive eating does not work for me and I dislike needing to be absolutely on point with my meals. It turns out that there are a lot of foods that I am sensitive to (more on that in part 3) and it had been hindering my progress.
Key Takeaway: Sometimes there will be diets that sound like a good idea or it seems to work with many people but would end up doing the opposite. This is a good time to examine what foods that you might be sensitive to or cannot digest which is creating all these problems. After you’ve taken a month or two to try out a diet, if it doesn’t work for you – simply move on. There is no need to beat yourself up that it didn’t work.
Until next time,