So I rolled out of bed this morning at 5:00am and onto the treadmill. Next stop: the psychiatrist. I need to get my head examined because I must be crazy for doing this crap…
Cryotherapy is one of the 3 pillars of my weight loss program, along with diet and exercise. Today I want to talk a little about my diet.
I am certainly no nutrition expert, but I have been around the block a few times on this diet stuff. A few of the lessons I have learned are:
- You have to get your nutrition. So many diets are high protein/low carb, and they concentrate on losing for weight loss only and neglect nutrition. One of the easy ways to make sure you are getting your vitamins and minerals, omega 3’s, antioxidants, and all of that good stuff is to use supplements. The two I use are:
The Living Greens have an incredible amount of good stuff in there: Vitamins, Antioxidants, Amino acids, Probiotics, Protein, Fiber and much more. Seriously, look it up and read the back label. It is eye opening.
The Vega One is a high quality protein shake that also gives you 6 servings of vegetables, vitamins, and fiber. A scoop of each is a great way to start out your day and make sure you are getting your daily nutrition.
- One of the most overlooked components of a good diet is fiber. Here’s what the Mayo clinic says about fiber “Fiber moves quickly and relatively easily through your digestive tract and helps it function properly. A high-fiber diet may also help reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.” Women should eat at least 25 grams of fiber a day, men should have a whopping 38 grams of fiber a day. The shake above starts you off with 11 grams but that still leaves a lot of fiber needed from our diet. Foods that are good sources of fiber are black beans, avocado, brown rice, whole wheat bread, fruit, oatmeal, and vegetables. Make sure that whatever diet you do, you get your fiber. Lack of fiber can severely inhibit weight loss.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I can’t stress this enough. I drink 6-8 bottles of water a day. Now quit your whining. I know it don’t taste good. No, coffee and tea do not count because the caffeine in them serves to dehydrate you. So shut up and drink your water if you want to lose weight.
- Sustainability. Your diet must be sustainable, in other words, after you lose your weight you must be able to stick to some semblance of your diet in order to keep the weight off. If you crash diet or do something extreme like zero carb or a diet like that, you might lose weight but as soon as you get off of the diet what happens? You gain it all back. If you follow a sensible plan where you are not hungry all the time, you mix in carbs, natural sugars, and good fats, you can sustain your diet after you lose the weight and keep it off.
I will lay out my complete diet in my next blog post. BTW – I snuck a look at my weight this morning, and the scale said 264.0! I have lost 14lbs in 10 days. Talk to you in a few days.