Monday, November 15, 2010


In my Why post I asked 'Why do you want to look the way you do?'

Leading on from that, WHAT are you going to do to get there?

In order to maximize their fat loss a lot of people (especially in the bodybuilding world) will cut out a lot of foods - things like wheat, dairy, fruit and even coloured vegetables.

I don't tend to eat a lot of wheat anyway (apart from if I'm on the rebound from a low-carb diet, when I'll eat pretty much anything), as once I start eating it I find it very difficult to stop, and it gives me a rash.

I once would have been horrified at the thought of giving up dairy, but now it usually gives me wind, and I've had some really nasty experiences (including vomitting) with whey protein, so it's no great loss.

I won't give up fruit though - I've gotten the leanest I've ever been eating two serves of fruit a day, so I don't see any reason to give that up.

Likewise with coloured vegetables - no 'lean and green' for me.

I won't do Calorie King either: I'm an obsessive, detail-oriented person - it makes me good at my job - but it means that I input everything I eat down to the nth detail, which isn't fun.

I'm happy to play a bit with nutrient timing (eating most of my starchy carbs around training, which is usually in the morning), as long as I still have energy during the day and can fill up on other things (protein, veges and fat) at night. If my mood and sleep start to go out the window, in come the carbs.

I won't 'deprive' myself of anything - that just makes me grumpy and likely to lose the plot. If I want fruit before bed, I'll have it.

I know that I lose body fat best through cardio, and given that I have a big appetite, and like to eat starchy carbs, fruit etc, that means I'm going to have to move more.

WHAT are you going to do to look the way you want to?


Kathleen said...

I am going to run six days a week and not eat off-plan. I love fruit, dairy and wheat! I am sorry to hear dairy makes you sick now. I think I would miss it a lot.

Charlotte Orr said...

Hi Kathleen - if you like running, that sounds great. I've always had problems with dairy - apparently I didn't tolerate it very well when I was a baby. I think it's just gotten worse over time.