C.C.R.A.N. and the end of the weight gain / diet rollercoaster
I was at a graduation party this past weekend and I didn’t eat much. So when it was announced that the “desserts” were ready… I just had to look.
I had no guilt about having a piece or two of different desserts from this smorgasboard of 12 types of desserts.
As I get my piece of cheesecake, the man standing next to me goes for the fresh fruit. I said, “Wow there’s a lot to choose from”.
He said, “Yeah, but I have to refrain. I’m on what’s called the ‘Paleo Diet’, ever heard of it? And I can only have fruit, no cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, etc…”
I didn’t have the heart to tell him, I was on it (Paleo Diet) about 7 years ago. I just said, “Yeah, I guess there were no funnel cakes or cheesecake in Paleolithic time…”
What happened next is what makes me crazy…
He preceded to proudly load up his plate/large bowl with about 4 or 5 ladel size spoonfuls of fruit, I kid you not. (Don’t get me wrong fresh fruit is great. And I realize that for some people if they have just a bite of chocolate cake… it’s like their “food crack” and it’s all over. All kinds of hormones surge and they can’t stop until they have cake coming out of their ears.
But that’s precisely my point… don’t you want control over that? How long can you keep eating fresh fruit instead of a taste of chocolate cake?)
All I could think when he was loading his plate of with a bowling ball size of fruit was, for goodness sake, why don’t you just have a cookie or a scoop of ice cream.
I try to imagine how big his stomach had to expand to accommodate all that fruit. Nevermind what he had already ate for dinner.
He had no idea of his calorie intake or even cared for that matter.
All that mattered was that he was on “The Paleo Diet” and all he could eat from the dessert table was fruit. But did he have to eat all of it?
I wonder how long he will last on this diet because if he’s taking in more calories than he burns, it doesn’t matter what diet he’s on… he won’t lose weight… right?!
Then it’s bye, bye diet.
Hello weight gain.
The dreaded diet rollercoaster.
That’s why I LOVE C.C.R.A.N. (Calorie Cycling & Restriction Adequate Nutrition)
It doesn’t feel like a diet. It’s a combination of restricting calories, I like to call it “intermittent eating”, and just when I start to feel like the restriction is effecting my daily duties (like no energy to exercise, mentally not focusing, tiredness and irritability), I cycle my calories and eat more. I eat what I want. But that doesn’t mean I eat like it’s my last meal either. I know my body.
The food is usually adequately nourishing. Sometimes it’s very healthy and other times it’s shit. But I am never gluttonous.
I managed to keep my 30lb. weightloss off for over a year now (after years of being up and down on the weight gain / diet rollercoaster) AND I never feel like I am on a diet! WOOHOO!
(You can check out my weight gain and weight loss pics HERE.)
You can do this too. You need a lifestyle eating/exercise plan for you… NOT just a diet. We can help you discover your “diet lifestyle/exercise plan”.
CCRAN is a lifestyle.
Paleo Diet is a temporary diet (for most people).
They can’t wait to have pancakes or pasta!!!
I also have a secret weapon.
You have to find yours. For some it’s a personal trainer or surgery or a competition or a pill or prayer. This is very personal and I believe we all need some help, especially in the beginning of doing something.
Now you may have started and lost and gained many pounds on diets before (in my case up to 30lbs.), but I want you to look at this as something new to you, your new beginning, in that your intention is to lose up to 30lbs. and KEEP IT OFF! That’s it.
You’re learning how to keep it off, before you actually lose it.
Crazy, I know.
Get off that weight gain – diet rollercoaster and check out how to become a CCRANNY by CLICKING HERE.
(Minky, Your 30lb. Weightloss Coach)