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Excellent but diet would be hard to stick
1 January 2019
UPDATE FEB 19: I started a diet on 27th December. Today it's 24th Feb and I am 8kgs down. I did not follow this diet but I followed some advice like eating 3 times a days and trying to eat no later than 6:-6:30pm to allow glutton to do its job over night. The way I lost weight was to stop eating anything white like bread, pasta, honey, sugar and making sure I close my rings on Apple watch everyday and do at least 10K steps a day. I allowed myself red wine over weekend, i open a bottle on Fri night and it's over on Sun night with my wife drinking it too so just 1 glass a night or a 1 glass of G&T. I completely stopped drinking beer which is more carb heavy than red wine or gin. I allowed myself a pasta dish on a Saturday or Sunday but even there I usually ate 50-50% wholegrain pasta. In the morning I have eggs or I soak some oats overnight with 1/2 teaspoon of raisins, 1 tbs chia seeds, 1.5tbs flaxseeds and 2 tbs full fat greek yougurth. I then top up in the morning with berries i defrosted over night and some flake almonds and pumpkin seeds. I used to add honey to this but I stopped doing it and readjusted easily. I drink lots of water and stopped having 2 cappuccinos a day switching to white americaxnos. I stopped having cravings and don't snack anymore. When I do I eat some mixed unsalted nuts.
An excellent book with the author who has the ability to clearly explain the science - chapter 4 should be compulsory training for NHS doctors. However the first 100 pages is where the value of the book is. I found the remaining 100 not interesting and they felt rushed up and repetitive
The problem is the diet will be quite difficult to stick to especially with some incredibly boring recipes and no social life. There must be a better way which to me is avoid pasta bread, sweet and white stuff and alcohol 50-70% and don't be a coach potato.
Nevertheless some great advice on how to eat less, put insulin at bay and activate gluacon.
I think it's possible to stick to three meals a day and enjoy more tasty plates whilst moving and still losing weight.
I am Italian and none in my family is obese or have diabetes while eating fat with carbs and having some pretty flavoursome dishes than brown rice with salad. I warn you though: none in my family bloody snacks and you have dessert just on weekends. In Italy you eat three times a day and what you eat is fresh and cooked at home and there are no microwaves nor Macdonalds
The Poppi diet is a much more interesting diet to follow for my culinary tradition although the lack of pasta and bread also in that diet does not qualify it as Mediterranean in respect to Italy