There have been a few people inquiring about what Anthony and I are doing so I just wanted to give you, in case you're interested, a few tips that seemed to work well for us. But Brynne answers a lot of questions you may have about clean eating.
- Stop drinking your calories! We drink water only with the exception of one protein shake every day. That was a toughie for us both. Anthony was addicted to Coca-cola and I looooove milk. This is Anthony's greatest achievement (says Anthony)... to stop drinking soda.
- Use real butter instead of margarine. It tastes better anyway, just don't get carried away. A little bit is good.
- Don't count your calories! Sounds funny, I know. Not what you're used to hearing but when you are eating the right things, you don't need to. That's what I love about this 'diet'.
- Cut the sugar! This is where I'm definitely still a work in progress. If the sugar police were around, I'd be fined for sure... if not jailed. I cheat much more often that 'allowed' in the clean eating plan but I still consume a lot less sugar than I did just 5 or 6 months ago. A LOT LESS!
- Eat 5 or 6 smaller meals per day. Try to pair a protein with a carb and eat until satisfied, not overly full. If you're drinking your water like you should be, you should naturally be hungry again about 2-3 hours later. Don't go much longer than this or your body will go into starvation mode and hold on to whatever you give it.
- Lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Basic, I know but sometimes we get caught up in the ideas of other diets that sound good but really aren't the way to go. Take for instance my frustration with the P90X diet. Nothing happened and I felt AWFUL! Went back to clean eating the last week of the first phase and dropped two pounds. It works! And to prove it even further, since then I've already dropped another 3 pounds. But I'm always full. My metabolism is on FIRE and I love it! And I'm not counting calories.
- Exercise! What I've learned is that if you do only cardio (which is essential by the way) you will truly become a smaller version of your current self. I've always heard that but didn't quite understand it until now. We started eating clean, lost some weight, added cardio, lost a few more pounds, but we both looked exactly the same, just smaller. In order to actually change the way your body looks, you have to add resistance or weight training. P90X is kicking our butts into shape... literally! The first week or so is really hard (on any exercise program) but after that, you just know it's a necessary evil. I still don't like exercising but I just keep pushing play. If I want the change, I have to put in the work.
- Listen to your body! It knows what you need and when you need it.
Like I've said before, I am definitely not an expert. Lots to learn still and much progress to be had but if you have any questions, please let me know. It's not easy at first but it does get easier.