I am no nutritionist–but I will say this: eat whatever you want to lose weight. Seriously. Don’t look me in the eye and tell me a giant bowl of Cap’n Crunch cereal for dinner is healthy. Let’s not fool ourselves. I cannot tell you specifically what to eat.
I can only tell you what I eat.
Tonight I ate an enchilada platter from one of my favorite restaurants. I had 7 tortillas to follow it up and some chips and salsa. Yummy. Damn I love Mexican food.
As I am typing this, I am sipping on my nightcap of whiskey, which I have almost every night.
Is this a typical day for me? No. Am I beating myself up for not eating right? No. I worked out today, put in a good 800 calorie burn. I ate way more than that, but my Basal Metabolic Rate is around 2300+800=3100. I didn’t eat that much food! But remember, you don’t workout to lose weight!
I intermittent fast almost every day.
I also trick my eating times up so that I can ensure I workout on an empty stomach.
So I don’t usually eat breakfast or lunch. I workout when I get home from work, then I have a big dinner. This works for me. You need to decide what will for you.
My recommendation for you is to use the internet to search for healthy things to eat, but wait. You already know healthy, right? High protein, low carbs, lots of veggies, etc. Don’t play dumb when it comes to food. You know that Twinkie isn’t healthy, but that plate of broccoli is.
My open suggestion, take it or leave it: Eat right for 85-90% of the time, and eat whatever you want the rest of the time. You will go insane if you don’t.
I did the Medifast eating plan for like 3 months. Let me tell you, eating those 5 “meals” they have you eat every 2-3 hours was a pain in my ass, and all it did is make me want to scarf down a ton of other food. I didn’t want ONE bar, I wanted FOUR. Now that I eat what I want, when I want, that’s not a problem any longer. If I had to eat one more bar, I was going to have to be admitted to the nervous hospital.
I will say this, the 5 meals a day thing is another myth. You eat when you are hungry. If you want an egg and oatmeal for breakfast, go for it. BUT LOG THAT FOOD in your food log. If you want to skip breakfast, do it. If you want to skip lunch, do it. Do whatever works for you, but try to make your meals healthy. Have a fat salad with fish or chicken. Or maybe a bowl of brussel sprouts and a small steak. Whatever! Are you getting it yet? It doesn’t matter what diet plan you follow, as long as you follow it. Whether it’s a plan you choose, or one you follow, just DO IT.
With intermittent fasting (IF) you can have dinner at 7 PM, then skip breakfast, and eat lunch at 1 PM. The benefits of IF are numerous and bountiful. Google it.