This was not my first rodeo with a low-carb, high-protein diet, so I understood my wife’s skepticism. More than once I had started a “diet” only to grab a Mountain Dew and a couple honeybuns at a gas station on the way to work.
However, this time I told her this wasn’t a diet. It was a change in my eating habits.
I think my mindset made all the difference.
To most, a diet is something temporary, a way of doing things until a goal is met. I explained I wasn’t changing the way I ate because of a desire to lose weight. I was changing because I didn’t want to die clutching my chest. I didn’t want to flick a syringe every day because I needed to take insulin.
I was making the change because I wanted to live a longer and healthier life. To me this wasn’t temporary. It was how I needed to eat to survive.
She got it.
That was in December. I haven’t had refined sugars or enriched carbohydrates since.
Instead, every meal consists of a minimum of 40 grams of protein and a maximum of 10 grams of carbohydrates. This is based on a formula from the book Protein Power.
I had implemented the 40-10 rule before and had some success, but since my mindset was that it was a temporary way of eating, I gained the weight back and then some.
This time, I didn’t see it that way. And believe it or not, it isn’t that hard to stay on the plan.