I've been reading a lot of Nerd Fitness lately and one thing that really stood out for me is that he always emphasizes that if you want to be fit and lose weight, 80% of that effort is going to be from eating a healthy diet. Now, I've seen this advice in other places too - you will see it talked about a lot on r/loseit as well.
For me, this actually wasn't the case. I lost the majority of my weight not through changing my diet but through exercise. Sure, I ate a better here and there, I had more veggies with every meal, I tried to cut back on the cake, but I didn't do anything extreme. Of course, Nerd Fitness will tell you those are exactly the right little steps you need to take.
Now I find myself not wanting to go to the gym for two hours every day but rather be able to continue to lose weight through an hour or less of running daily and start up weight training. I think I've hit a point where I'm ready to take the next step up in being healthier, which for me is more of a re-haul of my diet.
I think the Paleo diet is dumb. It has a dumb name and a dumb premise and I think people are on it for mostly dumb reasons. But here comes Nerd Fitness and his stupid reasonable posts making me rethink at least some of the ideas behind the diet. I have no desire to go full Paleo. I am fairly confident my life would have no meaning without birthday cake. BUT another BUT, it does make a lot of sense to me to start severely cutting back on super processed foods including refined sugars and flours. I don't think I need to completely give them up to be healthier, but after a lot of research on top of this article I am convinced that in order to take the next step in being healthier I really need to start eating a hellavah lot more veggies and delicious meat fat and a hellavah lot less carbs.
It's hard, man! I learned that I am not at all creative when it comes to making meals. Beau and I went out and bought a food processor yesterday so I'm going to chop me up some veggies and experiment with attempting to be more creative with pairing them with grilled chicken and steak to take to work for lunch. I have been meaning to eat more eggs anyway, so the food processor should make it less painful for me to prepare veggie omelets with bacon in the mornings for breakfast.
That was/is my biggest issue really. They make it so easy to just grab those Hot Pockets off the shelf and scarf them down after a mere 60 second nuke in the microwave, don't they? The hardest part about trying to eat naturally is not going to be the food part. I already have a love for meat and veggies and nuts and fruits. The hardest part by far is going to be actually taking the time to make my damn meals.
But more but, hey, I managed to get off my ass to go out and run every day, didn't I? Yes, I did. I will concur you kitchen! Prepare yourself! And prepare my meals while you're preparing yourself!