Hey up guys. This is the third installment of my weight loss blog. This one will be about what should be on your plate. Hopefully I cover everything.
The point of this blog is to keep things as simple as possible so I won’t go into all the science of everything but simply speaking, our plate will be made up of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Fats and proteins are essential to our lives but carbohydrates are optional. The reason they are optional is that our body can turn protein into fuel. I wouldn’t advise cutting carbs out altogether though for a number of reasons. You get a lot of vitamins and minerals from carbs and they can very easily be used for fuel when you partake in physical activity. While I was in the army, before we did a big ‘tab’ (walk/run with a heavy bag and weapon), we would eat plenty of carbs. We didn’t stock up on angus steaks. My point is, if you have a physical life then you will need more carbs. If you don’t have such a hectic life style then you can probably do with a fairly small amount.
So, what should be on your plate?
Well, to start with, it should be home cooked. The reason it should be home cooked is so that you know what has gone into it. If you know what’s in your food then it’s unlikely to have some hidden rubbish (sugars mainly) in there. The simplest thing I can think of is meat and two veg and even the worst cook in the world can crack out a meat and two veg dinner. Pan fry a lump of salmon or steak and boil a some broccoli and potatoes. That is the simplest thing I can think of and it will take about 25 mins. After that you can start to slowly get more creative by maybe adding a home made sauce to go with it. They’re not difficult to do. What we want to avoid is getting a powder sauce out of a packet and adding water. If everyone that is trying to lose weight went on a meat and two veg lunch and dinner they wouldn’t just feel much better for not eating rubbish, they would also lose weight so long as their portions weren’t the size of houses. There is however more to life than just meat and two veg. I was just giving that as an example for people who don’t have a clue how to cook. Pasta dishes, stews, bakes, soups. The list is endless of things you can create, but your fall back plan can be, meat and two veg.
We have spoken about portion size in the last post, but lets rub the sticks together again. Calorie count if you like but everyone has heard of portion sizes being the size of your fist for a guide so lets just stick to that. Why complicate things? So you will have three fist sizes of food on your plate and it is that simple.
So you’ve been doing three meals a day with no snacks. You’ve changed and adopted your new diet well but are worried about going around to your pals house to watch a film, drink beer or wine and eat pizza and chips. I spoke about sustainability in the other posts and this will apply here. Do you think that I want to go through life never eating pizza and chips again? No! do you think that I want to go through life not drinking beer or wine? No!! So go to your party, have a good time and eat the food. Moderation is the key though so don’t eat two pizzas and don’t do it four nights a week. Lets stay on this band wagon aim for an 80/20 split. That is to say, be hard on yourself 80% of the time but let your hair down every now and then 20% of the time. So one meal in five can be, lets say, not as healthy as the rest. Portion sizes still apply though!
Ok. I’ve rambled on. I’ll stop now.
Any questions then ask away. I hope this has been helpful.