My Typical Day Of Dieting
► I start my day by waking up at 6:30am to begin working from home. I immediately go downstairs, weigh myself, and chug a quart of water (32oz). Then while drinking another 32oz glass of water, I make a protein shake consisting of 12oz of skim milk, 2 scoops of whey protein, and 2 tbsp. of ground flaxseed
. The 64oz of water & protein shake really jumpstart my body & fat-burning metabolism!!
► My first real meal is around 9:00am. I cook 1/2-2/3 cup of quinoa
in the microwave along with the required amount of water. After being cooked, I add 1 cup of wheat bran
. Then I add jalapenos and Frank's Red Hot Sauce
for flavoring, and because spicy food slightly increases your metabolism during the digestion period. While the quinoa
is cooking, I usually have a rotisseried chicken thigh or can of tuna for some extra lean protein, depending on what all I have available. I also have some broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, or celery dipped in a healthy hummus
. 1 cup of wheat bran
contains 28 grams of dietary fiber
which really helps get my digestive system going ;)
► I usually go to my gym, 68's Inside Sports
, around 11am after my breakfast is settled. I either walk on the treadmill or swim for some cardio which usually takes about 1 hour total with travel. At noon when I get home, I eat about 25 almonds, 1 head of broccoli dipped in hummus
, an apple, and usually another raw vegetable such as a green pepper, cucumber, or tomato, depending on what all I have available. Then I get back to working. I eat A LOT of vegetables :)
► While working on the computer, I drink a lot of water
and chew sugarless gum
. Chewing gum helps keep me from getting cravings for food, and it also helps keep my jaw strong so that I can be ready for food challenges again when my diet is over!! Chewing gum also burns about 12 calories per hour. Throughout the day, I typically consume between 2-2.5 gallons of water, including the 1/2 gallon that I drink first thing in the morning. Water makes up most of your body, helps your body cleanse, & really contributes to weight loss. I have not been sick since 6th grade, and I attribute some of that to how much water I drink on a daily basis. I also have 0 cavities!! Drink water!!
► Around 3:30pm or 4pm, I have some dinner. I usually have 2 chicken thighs, 2 cans of tuna, or a can of mackerel which is a cheaper version of salmon. I also substitute salmon sometimes just because it tastes better. Along with the meat, I have more raw vegetables which usually consists of carrots, celery, and cauliflower, along with hummus
for flavoring. Green peppers are delicious too!!
► I workout around 5:30pm which lasts one full hour. I do my weightlifting workouts in the evenings!! After that, I have another protein shake consisting of 12oz of skim milk, 2 scoops of whey protein, and 2 tbsp. of ground flaxseed
. This helps my body recover!!
► The protein shake is typically my last meal of the day. I don't have cottage cheese like I used to during my 2010 diet. If I am really hungry, I have 2 scoops of my soy protein powder
with water, which totals around 140 calories. I only have this 2-3 times per week. I really have not done enough quality research
yet to decide what I think about soy protein for men
. It definitely tastes good though!! :)
► My weekends are typically a little different because I am usually busy or travelling. I still eat the same kinds of foods though, just with a different schedule. Whenever I can, I try to cook myself a great meal on Saturday & Sunday mornings after my boxing workout at 68's Inside Sports
. I cook 1lb mixed vegetables, 1 squash, 1 zucchini, 3 eggs, 1 extra egg white, and 1 can of tuna, all together in a big skillet. Then I put it all in a big casserole dish & smother it with 1 cup of wheat bran, 1/2 cup of fat-free cheese, jalapenos, and a lot of Frank's Red Hot Sauce
for flavoring. This definitely fills me up!! ;)
► After reading all of the above information, you may have noticed that I did not include many fruits, so I wanted to address that. Unlike almost all vegetables, fruits are pretty high in sugar. During this diet period, I limited the number of fruits that I consumed. I typically had an apple everyday, like I said above. Other than that, I typically only had 1 or 2 other fruits during the day, depending on what all I had available. My other fruits typically consisted of kiwis, peaches, watermelon, bananas, cantaloupe, or plums. I never bought strawberries, grapes, or anything else because they contain so many sugars. It would be really hard to gain weight from eating too many carrots. It would not be too difficult to gain weight from eating too many fruits. Therefore, I just added 1 or 2 fruits per day as snacks. Fruits are much healthier than fried potato chips though ;)