I know there are more than a few people reading about doing something, anything, to eat healthy, lose weight, and maybe even to try to get fit. I have one simple message with a lot of explanation after word: stop procrastinating and start now. Make today Day 1.
I get it. There’s a lot of stuff to read, and a lot of information to digest (pardon the pun). You want to make the best start, pick the best plan, and give yourself the best chance to succeed. That’s all well and good. But you’re not making ANY progress unless you start. And you might as well start now.
What should you do? For starters, cut sugar. All sugar. Anything that’s got added sugar and a crap-ton of carbs. I’m not saying cut fruits, but really limit the amount of fruit you eat. Don’t use fruit as a crutch when trying to eat better food. Sugar is sugar, even when it’s natural. Next up, try to limit the grain intake. Personally, I follow Paleo, so I exclude grains from my diet completely, but limiting them (if you’re not considering Paleo) is a good start. Also, get rid of dairy. And stop drinking alcohol. With these four things, you’re well on your way to a good start, no matter what you decide: Keto, Paleo, IF, CICO, Atkins, or others.
What do I recommend? Start with a Whole30 and transition into Paleo. Why do I recommend this? Because it helps get you off sugar and resets your body from a lot of the anti-nutrients present in foods like grains, legumes, soy, and dairy. After the first few days (to first few weeks depending on how much sugar you normally eat), you will begin to feel a lot better and more energized. You will feel more awake, and you will feel free from cravings. Then, once your body is clean from the effects of sugar, you can transition into Paleo which is just an extension (as far as I’m concerned) of Whole30 with a little more leeway in foods (like breads made from nuts, pizza with crusts made of anything not grain-based, etc).
The hardest thing to do is to get something stationary moving. Once you get it moving, however, momentum helps, and it becomes easier and easier to pick up speed. Living a healthy lifestyle is the same. It’s tough to get started, but once you do, it gets easier and easier. The lifestyle my wife and I live today was unimaginable three years ago, yet here we are, living healthy, eating well, and fit to boot!
You can be where I am. You won’t get there in a day or a week, but eventually, you will get there. I used to think it was so far off, but the next thing I knew, I was down 130 lbs, running, and looking at losing that last 20 lbs.