A couple of weeks before I started this blog I took a trip to my local McDonald’s for a McRib.
Between bites of the elusive pork rib-shaped patty, I read over the nutritional guide provided by McDonald’s for its customers.
Not surprisingly, many of the sandwiches weren’t easily incorporated into a healthy diet — a burger, fries and a Coke can suck up nearly all of one’s daily calorie allotment if you get the right wrong things. Surprisingly, there was some legit information to be taken from the guide as well.
Overall, I read that a person should eat, on average, three 600-calorie meals and two 100-calorie snacks per day. I’ve been asked by people what diet plan I’m following, and I’ll happily tell them I’m on the McDonald’s plan, though I have altered it a bit.
I try to start my day with a few glasses of water, just to get everything in there moving around. I’ll border on giving a little too much information in saying that you really know what you’re eating once it makes its way out.
I’ve noticed the difference fruits and vegetables have on my body in comparison to chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers. So what am I eating? Fruits (grapefruit, apples, bananas, grapes, pomegranate), vegetables (carrots and celery sticks, broccoli, and whatever veggies Chef Brian puts in the recipes) and nuts (one handful of almonds each day). I finish each day off with a 100-calorie dark chocolate bar from Trader Joe’s.
I’m not counting calories because I don’t care about calories. As long as I stick to portion sizes of non-processed foods — mostly fruits and vegetables — I don’t have to worry much.
Other than constantly eating, I make sure to walk at least 30 minutes six days a week. That’s it. It’s literally the laziest I’ve ever been while trying to lose weight. And, though it’s only been a week, it’s already working a little.
I started at 258. And this morning I was at 252.6 lbs. That’s a loss of 5.4 lbs.
Healthy weight loss should be between 1 and 2 lbs. per week, but everyone is different, and people who need to lose weight tend to lose bigger chunks up front.
Week 1 is in the bag. Week 2 here I come.