Attempted new workout routines? Tried different types of diets or detoxes? Is nothing working?
Yup, I get it. So let’s do something differently about it.
Recently I have read the book “Why We Get Fat” by Gary Taubes and it is quite literally changing my life. It is making me see food in an entirely new perspective, and encouraging me to make smarter choices when it comes to my daily intake of food. After reading it, I knew I wanted to make a chance – but nothing too extreme. Because let’s be honest, nothing could ever sever the bond I have with French fries. Ever.
Let me explain to you Taubes’ book in a small nutshell (although I highly recommend you give it a read): He pulls out a ton of data to show you how carbohydrates are making a huge impact on your weight, and by cutting them out as much as possible our body will start to react to food differently. His recommendation? Eat tons of low-carb foods, and as much meat and greens as you want. Starving yourself will actually have a negative outcome on your goals, so don’t deprive yourself. Just eat.
Now at the end of his book he recommends that someone who is looking to seriously lose weight should try to keep their intake under 20 grams of carbohydrates a day, which closely correlates with the infamous Atkins diet. In my opinion, that feels kind of extreme…I mean, French fries would never fit in that.
After some popping around on the Internet, I found that a ton of fitness/wellness sites recommend that you take in 20-50 grams a day, even 50-60. Body builders eat way more than that – so some may say over 200. I’m thinking we stick in the 50-60 range for now.
So here is what I’m proposing:
THE CLEAN EATING INITIATIVE:
Consume only 50-60 GRAMS OF CARBS A DAY.
Do you think you can do it? Because I’m very excited about it and I would love to have some company on this journey. Here are a few steps to take:
Follow the Clean Eating Initiative database
I put together a database of recipes for us on Pinterest! Check out the database and follow me on Pinterest for more recipe ideas (and other fun stuff, because…Pinterest).
Keep count on this printable chart.
Track out your progress, as well as your daily carb intake, with this chart for the initiative!
KEEP THIS IN MIND: Subtract the amount of dietary fiber from the carbohydrates for an accurate number of digested carbohydrates. For example, one cup of avocado slices has 12 grams of carbs but 10 grams of dietary fiber. So you only have to track 2 grams of carbs.
Pin/Save this chart for later.
Now please keep this in mind: These are the foods recommended in Taubes’ book for a 20-gram day. You DO NOT have to follow this religiously! This is just a snapshot on the types of foods that he reccomends, and can be super helpful in choosing the foods that you eat day-to-day. However, you are still tracking yourself and there is room for a little fun here or there – like fruits and starchy veggies. Pleaseeeeeeeee feel free to do your own thing.
Allow yourself some freedom.
Now I know a ton of people will want to try this for a 30-day challenge, but I personally would like to make this a lifestyle change. However, if I am making this type of leap for my entire life then I want to give myself some grace to enjoy the things in life that are needed. Like, having cake on your birthday, or French fries on a road trip. Those things don’t happen often – so I know I will have them sparingly. But if I cut them out completely I know I will go crazy. You should do the same – give yourself grace once in a while. Just not daily, ya know?
Workout 3-4 times a week.
Now this is not necessary, but highly encouraged! For me, working out feels amazing and keeps me a sane person. I don’t really do it for the weight loss stuff (although that is a nice perk). I do it because it makes my body and soul feel happy and healthy.
You can try a workout plan like pilates or HIIT training, or simply go for a run or walk 10,000 steps a day. The choice is yours! Again, feel freedom to do whatever you want. Just get active, trust me, your body will love it.
Sign up for All Things Fit.
All Things Fit is the new name for my newsletter, and I highly recommend you sign up! On Saturday mornings I will send the following to your inbox:
- Interviews with fitness/wellness influencers.
- Healthy meal ideas for your week.
- Updates on the Clean Eating Initiative.
- Weekend reads on balanced & healthful living.
- Spotlights of our Balanced Babes.
- Cooking tips for newbies.
It’s a way for you to stay on track, and to hear from others who are participating in the Clean Eating Initiative as well!
Please, please, please write in the comments below if you are joining me for this, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!