Let's jump right into the madness.
First things first. You're going to spend the next 5 days in a caloric deficit via the Low-Carb Method.
What Is The Low-Carb Method?
The Low-Carb Method is a diet where you can only eat:
- Meats & Fish
- Green Vegetables
- Butter, Mustard, Cheese, etc. (so long as you keep your deficit)
If you can't do this for five days, then don't bother trying to reprogram your diet.
You don't have the discipline.
If you're trying to lose more than 10lbs, I recommend you check out my Fat Loss posts here.
This post is for those who are trying to clean up their diet to build their body up, rather than lose fat and trim down.
If you have a problem eating the same foods because you need flavor.
Then this post is not for you.
If you have issues with immediate gratification and short term pleasures, again, this post is not for you.
Instead, this post is for those who want a "strategy" to rebuild a healthier diet from the ground up.
Note: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice.
If you're still there, here's the plan of attack:
Day 1: I recommend that you start with a huge deficit. I'm talking a 1,500 calorie deficit, but with a 1,200 calorie intake minimum.
There will be a few obvious things you will notice by the end of the day:
- Your stomach wants food
- You're more focused and attentive
- You're more feisty and you have an attitude
This short term deprivation is what kickstarts your "hard reset".
Day 2 and onward, make sure you're sticking to your deficit. The bigger, the better. Don't eat more than 2,000 calories.
You should be able to focus very closely to your work at this time.
Food isn't going to slow you down as much. And because of that, you feel more energized.
Take advantage of these quirks to focus on any goals/tasks you have.
What I also recommend, is that you write down what you have an attitude towards.
Because for whatever reason you've become conscious of what was hidden in plain sight before.
Your idea is worth noting for later - whatever it is.
If you find yourself occasionally scavenging for carbs or sugars - it's normal.
If you're scavenging for food, it's because you're used to eating garbage foods to 'fill in the gaps' in your diet.
It's the reason why you're hard resetting in the first place.
There was a point where I became ravenous for simple carbs. Pathetically scraping cheese and veggies off of a pizza to avoid eating the bread.
It was at that point I realized that my body desired a substitute.
But I'll get to that in a moment.
In the meantime, walk away from it and stick to the plan.
Here's why the Low-Carb method is a Hard Reset button:
- You learn to make meat your main food staple (as it should be)
- You're tapering off a sugar addiction
- You're simplifying your diet to reprogram it from the ground up
What I mean by reprogramming your diet from the ground up, is that at this point - you feel better than you have before.
And you don't want to lose that.
But reintroducing garbage food takes away from these good feels and quirks.
That's why we won't reintroduce them in the first place.
Day 6 and beyond you can eat more carbs again. This means that on top of eating meats and veggies, you will now start eating fruits, rice, potatoes, etc.
What if I'm strapped for cash?
Embrace simplicity and always have chicken, rice, butter, and nuts at minimum.
I also suggest you read Why Social Life Spending Is A Waste Of Money.
As it pertains to this article, if you're going out to eat with friends, you're wasting both time and money.
If you want to hang out with friends, spend your resources on a real outing.
But what if I use these outings for cheat meals to bulk?
The greatest substitute to eating out and cheat meals is almonds, nuts, legumes, etc.
It contains much more nutritional content than fast food, it genuinely satiates you, and it improves your mood.
Also a can of nuts is more or less $4 while a fast food meal will cost more with the opposite effects of everything described above.
Replace all of your junk food options and dietary 'gaps' with nuts, legumes, almonds, etc. until you 'discover' more sufficient substitutes that work better for you.
Then pick your preference as it pertains to your: wallet, caloric needs, mood, convenience, etc.
Although I've made considerable gains and fixed some imbalances, my diet has only been slightly above average this past year.
And although I'm proud to have made more progress this single year than I had in the past, I believe it's still not good enough.
So I've spent the better part of October figuring out how to reset and reprogram my diet to be even better.
And although I have no doubt anyone who follows this will have an easier time transitioning to a healthier diet (this forces you to quit junk cold turkey).
I realize now that your biggest motivator will be your vision.
Your biggest changes will be the ones you realize you must take, to align with your vision as soon as possible.
Live, learn, realign.
That being said, I've been feeling fucking great with a healthier diet. And you will too.
You will feel so great on a daily basis that you won't want to eat junk or drink alcohol. Because it will ruin your streak and 'healthy high'.
You'll get so used to feeling good that when you do eat unhealthier options, you will feel it bring you down.
And you'll realize that all of the junk and sweets that average people mindlessly eat is overrated.
Figure out what brings you progress,
then keep doing it.
Because not only does your effort count -
Until next time,