When I was younger I couldn’t be happier with a plate of french fries and ketchup accompanied by Pepsi followed by a nice big piece of cake or a few pieces of Andies Candies. Now I can’t stand ketchup, rarely eat french fries, completely hate Pepsi, and neither cake nor Andies candies sit well with me. I was all about the sweets and junk food as a kid. Now don’t get me wrong I still love my junk 😀 but what kind of junk food has changed slightly.
I’ve always had a problem with salt. Salt has always grossed me out and I’ve never added salt to anything I cook nor did I eat salty foods. It’s only been the past few years that I’ve enjoyed things like chips and even those can I take in a small doses. I simply must be in the mood for them. I do still have a sweet tooth but tend to find things too sweet often. I get in my moods when I want large quantities but to enjoy the sweets I have to accompany them with salt. Gross right? For every Hershey’s Kiss I eat I need two or three chips. Usually not only salty but extreme salt such as salt and vinegar chips. Go figure.
Now that I’m older I really need to start watching my weight. As each new year passes, losing weight becomes more and more difficult. Many are jumping on the Keto bandwagon. Now my opinion is not only is it very difficult to stick to but there is literally NO long term studies on how this may affect one’s body. I’ve also seen on many occasions the individual regaining all and more of their lost weight when the try to reincorporate carbs into their eating to maintain their weight loss. This is simply sad to me. After spending months to years losing mass amounts of weight to only have it all come back quicker and harder to lose than it had been the first time is not acceptable.
I had considered many times the Keto diet but have instead chosen to do a much less strict low carb diet. I stick to 50g or less carbs a day. This allows for fruit and even bread when I so choose. If I feel I want extra carbs in a day so be it. I’m not going to lose my head over it. Like 90% of the people I encounter regularly, I need to lose weight. This is the best way for me to do it. I’m sure many others have different ways that work for them. Exercise is always a necessity in losing weight and improving health but with my physical conditions it truly is best for me to lose about half the weight I need to before I start exercising simply due to the strain the excess weight will put on my already suffering body. Of course this means I will lose slower but with less damage and that is what is important to me.
I know weight loss can be a pain in the ass. It is frustrating and feels restrictive. If you do not make guidelines such as I can never have this or that again, it is much more acceptable and easy to follow. If you tell yourself you can not have something all you are going to do is think about the forbidden food and finally give in to it. When you give in you are going to do like everyone else and not only indulge but over indulge. Which of course will lead to guilt. That’s no good for anyone. It sets you up for failure. Allow yourself either a cheat day each week or the wiggle room to have a craved item in small amounts pretty much whenever you’d like as long as you stay below your calorie goal for the day.