I’m working on piecing together my food plan and I’ve decided there’s really no point in reinventing the wheel. In 2005 I figured out a food approach that really worked for me so I’m going to do that again.
Initially I got the impetus to do this food plan from Dr. Phil. He sold it in his Ultimate Weight Loss Solution and it works. I think it’s been around for a while though in slightly altered forms and I think it’s used commonly in eating for diabetes.
Basically it’s the divided plate theory:
- Divide your plate into 4 sections
- 1 section is dedicated to a serving of protein
- 1 section is dedicated to a serving of a whole grain or starchy veggie
- 2 sections are devoted to veggies, salad, or a fruit and veggie
You do that 3 times a day and add in 2-3 snacks a day, preferably focused around dairy, fruits, and nuts.
So that’s what I’m going to do for my food plan.
I lost 60 lbs in 2005 doing this and it was relatively painless. Oh, I did also work in Dove dark chocolates for a snack. Usually no more than 2 after each meal.
And honestly, it seemed like the more nutritious stuff I ate, the greater my success. Instead of eating cheesecake for dessert, I’d have strawberries and chocolate fondue. And I ate easily two servings of strawberries dipped in chocolate. It was so good and so filling. And I still lost weight (did this maybe once a week, once every other week).
I’m tweaking a food journal that I created a few years ago and I’ll probably share it on here for those interested.
I’ve already begun implementing this food plan. Getting into the habit of more veggies and fruits, less junk. It’s a retraining process.
Fitness-wise, I skipped the exercise today. Wiped out from a resurgence of my cold…entering week 4 of having it. Got some meds for it today. Going to try to hit the Y tomorrow.