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I know that diets 'don't work' because you 'put it all back on'. Permanent weight loss requires a change in habit. It means working out how to eat healthy foods. It means learning about portion size. It means working out balance in your diet so that you eat less nutritious foods only in moderation. Sometimes foods. It means realising that celery sticks need to be a staple on the menu.
Personally I like celery sticks (especially with a bit of humus). So why don't I want to eat them when I am not dieting? Why do I grab a sugary biscuit at 3pm instead of a celery stick when I *know* the latter is better for me? Why do people ask you if you are 'on a diet' the minute you pull out a celery stick?
The current program that I am following is a diet in all senses of the word. It is calorie controlled. It is food that I don't 'normally' eat. It is a whole new way of thinking about food as a fuel for exercise. For me it is not 'the solution' rather an opportunity to break habits.
After only a few days I can feel the benefits (if you can call my caffeine withdrawal headache a benefit?). Low GI, high protein means that I stay full for longer. I am eating less, but feeling fuller. The exercise program makes me feel alive (even if I still can't hold a 'plank' for more than a few seconds).
But I am already asking myself. Could you do this forever? Eat nothing processed (oh bacon I miss you)? Or have a beer? Or enjoy some M&Ms?
I have to remember to take one step at a time and see where all these celery sticks take me.
How are you finding the 30 Day Challenge? Got any interesting snack recipes for celery sticks?