I see you sitting there, arms folded, smug look on your face. (Cover that up or turn your webcam off to the side.) You want to see a typical day of how I eat. Naturally I will speak of a real but rather well-behaved day.
First a confession. The cupcake candy cane from December 6, 2012 in this blog was a picture taken of my dining room table and I ate most of those 2 dozen smallish cupcakes myself over a 2-day period. I gained 2 or 3 pounds doing that and I loved every second of it. It took me 3 days to get back to where I was on the scale. My eating like that was highly unusual but it is important to note you can get away with it so long as it is the exception instead of the rule.
Let’s look at a well-behaved typical day.
I am a creature of habit which makes this a whole lot easier than it would be otherwise. I can eat the same breakfast every day for a year. For a diet like this that is a godsend because the choices are somewhat limited. There are plenty of things you can rotate, but I personally like my ruts.
Because I keep myself low carb I don’t ever feel hungry. Carbs are addictive and the lack of carbs cause a burning hunger in your belly and a panic in your overall self. Cigarettes are 10% sugar. If you can discipline yourself to get off that carby hayride for a few days, that hunger will go away and stay away. I normally get up at 7 am, make myself a pot of coffee, and sip that black and eat nothing for a while.
Black coffee: 0 net carbs.
It’s about 1 PM and I don’t feel hungry. I’m not going to feel hungry no matter how long I wait but I will get weak and light headed eventually. That’s a bad thing. So I eat because I should, not because I feel the need to.
3 eggs cooked in butter, three strips bacon (thick, precooked, nuked). I find that rather filling. Note that there are no potatoes, no pancakes, no toast.
3 Eggs: 1.5 total carbs, 1.5 net carbs (no fiber)
3 thick bacon strips: 0 total carbs, 0 net carbs.
It’s 2 PM. I’ve had a pot of black coffee and I’ve eaten a hearty breakfast. If I want to get all extreme about weight loss I want to try to be under 20 grams of carbs. If I want to lose weight at a more reasonable and steady rate I want to be around 40 grams of carbs per day. Where am I at so far?
Cumulative total: 1.5 net carbs.
I don’t tend to make a big deal about lunch. A package of Ramen noodle soup would blow the lid off everything. More often than not I have 3-4 meat sticks, the nutrition info is also from my December 6 blog article. Those are zero carb and quite filling because it is a greasy processed meat not unlike hard salami. Let’s say I had 3 of those, a nice hunk of mild cheddar cheese at zero carbs, a small glob of mustard that I like to dip the cheese in (zero carbs), and a few green olives for 1 carb max.
So meat sticks, cheese, mustard, olives. 1 carb, rounded up.
Cumulative total: 2.5 net carbs.
It is not hard to stay below 20 carbs, but you have to know what you can and cannot eat. I know what I’m doing and this is how I really eat when I’m not cheating. We’ll get to cheating in an upcoming article. Cheating actually helps you lose weight.
We’ve had a hearty breakfast, a filling lunch, and now it is time for dinner. We are avoiding potatoes and bread like they are poison.
1 pound ribeye steak cooked medium rare seasoned with salt and pepper. Ready? Zero carbs. Let’s add to that fresh asparagus for a whopping 1 gram of net carbs.
Grand total for the entire day: 3.5 net carbs.
Not only was that not hard, it was delicious. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, and it bears repeating, net carbs are total carbs minus fiber. Fiber is not at all fattening so we can subtract that part when it is there.
I got the carb numbers as I wrote this by Googling, for example, “carbs in ribeye steak” and checking more than one source. You should do that with everything you put in your mouth unless it is already on the package.
Next time I do a diet article, we’re going out to some restaurants. There are Dos and there are Dont’s.