I ended my latest burn last weekend. January 9th through to February 21st is a pretty good run. It’s definitely the best one I’ve had since 2004. I was able to stay away from everything during this time.
I divide up my regimen into “burns” and “breaks”. A burn is when I’m following my diet religiously, working out daily and generally thinking only about fitness. A break is the time in between burns, usually characterized by sticking to my workout schedule, but eating a more normal selection of foods. Burns can last anywhere from four to eight weeks, while breaks are generally a month long, sometimes a little more.
Every time I end a burn, I try and make some kind of improvement to my regular diet, the idea being I’m incrementally improving my day-to-day over a long period of time, so it’s not a sudden change. My goal in a break is to not gain any weight back, although it invariably happens. If I drop ten pounds in a burn, I’ll usually gain two or three of that back during the break. The math still works out in my favour over the long run though, and on my last break I virtually stayed the same, so I’m getting better.
One of the first things I dropped post-burn was candy. Now, I DO have the odd chocolate bar, but Skittles and the like? I haven’t had them in almost two years. In the fall, I dropped a lot of “white” foods (white bread, white rice, etc). This time around, I’m attempting to do without one of my all-time favourites: French fries. Man, those things are good, but I’ve gone all week without being succumbing to temptation.
This break will probably go until the last weekend in March, at which time I’ll run another 6-8 week burn to take me through to the end of the May and the beginning of summer.
For my next break, I’m going to drop one of the following:
- Processed foods: I’ve pretty much dropped these already, but I still do occasionally eat pizza pockets or granola bars.
- Any restaurant where you get your food from over a counter: I don’t eat a lot of fast food, but Subway still isn’t great and my own meals are tastier, healthier and cheaper.
Any suggestions on other unhealthy things I can drop?
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