The basic principles I follow for weight loss leave a great deal of room for flexibility for choosing whatever foods you like to eat. In fact, it’s so flexible that I couldn’t even tell you what any of our successful AGDer’s are eating to lose weight. All I know is that it’ll work no matter what you eat.
In order to get a bit more insight to this question about ‘what do you eat’ I sent an email out and got a bunch of great responses from successful AGDer’s and they’ve all allowed me to post them here on the blog.
I’ll be posting these responses regularly on the blog so you can get a look into a day or a week into the life of a successful AGDer!
I’ll start for today.
My normal weekly routine (mon-fri) starts with a coffee in the morning (2 sugar 1 cream). I don’t typically have any food with this first coffee, so you could say that I never actually eat breakfast.
Then around mid-day I’ll have another coffee (same deal, 2 sugar 1 cream). Sometimes I’ll have a snack with the second coffee. This snack could consist of a granola bar, a bagel, a donut, a salad, a sandwich, it’s never set in stone and it largely depends on who I’m with and where I am…sometimes there is no snack and it’s just another coffee.
Late afternoon (4-5pm) I may or may not have a snack. At this point of the day I can’t really handle another coffee, seems like 2 is my limit with cream and sugar. If I’m feeling sluggish I might have some other form of caffeinated beverage that doesn’t have the cream or the sugar, or on particularly tough workout days I might take a pre-workout supplement powder that has caffeine as one of it’s ingredients. If not, then I’ll just head to the gym sans pre-workout powder.
After the workout I’ll have the big meal of the day. This meal could be any number of things and since I have no rules about what I eat I guess I’ll just give you a sampling of what I might typically eat over the past couple months.
Dinner could be a thai food stir fry with either chicken, shrimp, or beef, sometimes I’ll just go the veggie route with tofu.
Other nights it’s turkey or chicken in the slow cooker with a medley of veggies.
I often will do steamed asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, or broccolini with fresh squeezed lemon on it as a side dish to compliment some sort of chicken, fish, beef or pork.
As far as a salad type item I would rather do a tomato and cucumber salad with a low calorie balsamic dressing. Sometimes there will be leafy greens, sometimes not.
I’ll also do some sort of dessert that is based with fruit, berries and yogurt. Sometimes I’ll get an ice cream cone for dessert.
I’ll typically shift what I’m eating based on the seasons. When certain local fruits and veggies are in season I’ll definitely start to include them in my dinner and dessert choices. When they’re out of season I’m back to hunting around for the best options I can find that are coming from far off lands.
This doesn’t describe every day, but it’s a decent snap shot of what more of my weekdays look like.
The weekends are looser with a bit less structure, calories will be higher overall on the weekends, and it’s likely that I’ll have more day time snacks on the weekend.
No matter what day of the week it is I rarely have what you would call a ‘breakfast’. Mornings are almost always exclusively coffee.
It’s not exactly a pattern or anything you can template per se, but it’s the general pattern I follow. I pay attention to weekly total calories in order to keep bodyweight in check or to lose weight.
So thats how I AGD.