losing weight while writing about and reviewing food
June 30, 2011 2:15 PM Subscribe
I have decided to try to kick-start my severely stalled weight loss by seriously cutting back carbs. Obstacle: I am now have a paid gig as a food writer/restaurant reviewer and I'll be ordering three course meals in restaurants once or twice a week, in addition to attending various restaurant openings and general food-related events.
I previously tracked every bite I ate for four months, starting at around 1500 kcal per day and dropping to 1350-1400 when nothing happened at 1500, and I stuck to roughly 30/30/30 carbs/fat/protein averaged over the course of a week. I was great about tracking it and was losing weight but suddenly I started getting EXTREMELY hungry and anxious about food. I gave up completely and gained back at least half of what I lost.
So now, in spite of the fact that I have previously completely dismissed it as a lazy and unhealthy way to lose weight, I'm ready to try cutting way back on carbs. I am a big fan of all kinds of lean protein and green vegetables, and from what I hear this kind of eating cuts back on hunger and makes eating kind of a boring-but-necessary aspect of life, like brushing your teeth, instead of something to constantly think about and look forward to and get anxious about. I'm just worried about the fact that I will be ordering and eating and writing about all kinds of delicious food on a regular basis.
I know I could, in theory, just have a bite of everything and then go home to salmon and spinach, but I have a feeling that I won't be able to do that. So what I'm asking is, will eating carb-heavy meals at least twice a week completely negate the effect of eating low-carb the rest of the time? How should I be eating for my 19 or so non-restaurant meals per week to make this plan as effective as possible? I will try to choose healthier menu items when I can, but I can't let my diet keep me from ordering the menu items that readers really want to hear about.
I have seriously considered just saying no to the writing gig, but it's PAID. PAID WRITING. I just can't say no to that.