Many people think meticulous calorie counting is an essential feature of an effective fat burning diet. That’s what I believed too when I first decided to lose my chubbiness.
So, I bought a few calorie counting dictionaries and other counting
books. But I soon got fed up with having to work out how many calories
before (or in many cases, after) I put a morsel of food in my mouth.
I really hated it.
So, what did I do?
Simple. I stopped counting calories!
I lost my chubbiness. And I’ve kept it that way for a few years now.
Yep. All that without counting calories. I had absolutely no idea how many calories I consumed day in and day out. (Life is so much better when I don’t have to count calories.)
But … there’s a catch.
I had to follow the following three rules.
But, I found that sticking to these rules is so much easier and fun than boring calorie counting.
So, here are the rules …
Rule#1: Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you feel full.
very common sense, right? But as someone once said, common sense is not
always common practice. Many people mindlessly graze food regardless of
whether they’re hungry or not.
And when they eat a meal, they fill up a big plate and eat till it’s all gone. In fact, they focus so much on finishing all the food on the big plate, they don’t even notice they’re actually quite comfortably full half way through the dish.
If you tend to do that, stop right now. First of all, choose a smaller plate or put less food on your usual plate. You can always add more if you’re still hungry after a small plateful.
This strategy alone will save lots of calories over time as you won’t be eating more than you need.
Rule#2: Eat only unprocessed food.
Your fat burning diet should be 90% clean.
In other words, most of the time, you should be eating fresh natural food.
But, mind you, the words “natural food” have become fuzzier and fuzzier over the years. Food manufacturers claim their food is natural. Even a mainstream chocolate bar claims to have been made with “all natural ingredients”.
Unprocessed food basically means it's gone through as few processing steps as possible.
What I mean is this – an orange is a good example of unprocessed food. Fresh orange juice is one step further away from the natural state. It's one-step processed, if you like. In contrast, concentrated orange juice is highly processed.
So, a fresh orange should be your first choice. Fresh orange juice should be your second choice and so on.
So, basically, your diet should mainly comprise of vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, poultry, fruits, nuts and seeds.
Eh! Have I forgotten something major there??
Oh yes! Whole grains of course. How could I miss that??
But … there’s this third rule of fat burning diet, you see …
Rule#3: Minimize wheat and other grains.
Wheat is not good for you. Yes, even the so called “healthy” wholewheat or wholegrain variety. In fact, it’s a key contributor to weight gain and obesity.
If you can minimize and even eliminate grains (wheat, rice, rye, barley etc), it’s even better. Grains are not as good as vegetables and fruits. There’s nothing that grains can provide that vegetables and fruits can’t.
That’s one of the reasons the Paleo diet is so successful in getting people to lose fat. The idea is that you only eat the kinds of food that were available to ancient cave dwellers. That means no grains. If you want to know more about this style of eating, I recommend you read The Paleo Solution.
You wouldn’t go far wrong with that style of eating.
1) To make sure you eat healthily 90% of the time, keep a food journal and write down everything you eat in it. That way, you'll be able to see whether you're actually eating healthy food most of the time.
2) Like me, if you’re terrible at following meal plans and recipes, I recommend The Gorgeous Chef: Shape Up With These 10 Quick’n’Easy Meal Blueprints. That book will help you prepare healthy tasty meals from scratch within minutes using nothing more than ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
3) Don't keep junk food in your house. Then you won't be tempted to eat it.
4) Stock your kitchen with natural healthy food. Make sure you have healthy ingredients at all times. That way, you won't run out of healthy food and end up buying junk food.
5) When you first start changing your diet habits, allow yourself to indulge in naughty food about 10% of the time. This can be your reward for sticking to a healthy fat burning diet.