What My Minimalist Diet Plan Looks Like
So my eating had been out of control. Lots of junk and too many calories. This had been going on for years.
I knew better. But when it came right down to it I just would not make the changes to my eating that were needed to actually lose weight.
Garbage in, garbage out.
A major change needed to happen.
I am not a cook. I do not really like to cook that much. So I needed a minimalist eating plan that was just very simple to follow AND that made sense from a scientific standpoint.
The Ketogenic Diet As A Minimalist Diet Plan
The Ketogenic Diet has been around for decades. The problem is that we have been told a bunch of lies by the food industry, various health care professionals and ever our own governments as to what we “should” be eating.
The science is there. Eat more fat. Keep carbohydrate intake below 20 grams per day. Have moderate protein.
No real need to over complicate things.
Guess what? For the first time in forever I lost weight. And it has stayed off.
I have lost 80 pounds in 11 months by following a Ketogenic minimalist eating plan.
Here is a complete basic 7 day Ketogenic Meal Plan(with PDF) if you want to take a look.
Consistency Is Key
I just keep doing the same thing every day. I do not have set times that I feel I have to eat. I make sure I have enough fat throughout the day and I drink a lot of water.
I aim for around 110 grams of fat per day. That is 75% of my calories.
I eat some nuts but have to be very careful as they are easy to over eat and they contain carbohydrates.
Not too exciting is it? Well maybe that is the point of a minimalist eating plan. Don’t overthink it.
Ketogenic Diet Books
I am a huge believer in the ketogenic diet. It is the only eating plan that both makes sense to me AND that has worked in helping me to lose fat and to feel better mentally.
Here are just a couple of books to check out in regards to the ketogenic diet and why we get fat.
Why We Get Fat – Gary Taubes
What’s making us fat? And how can we change? Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, bestselling author Gary Taubes revisits these urgent questions.
Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat—and the good science that has been ignored.
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living– Jeff Volek & Stephen Phinney
Carbohydrate restriction is the proverbial ‘silver bullet’ for managing insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes. Restricting carbohydrate improves blood glucose and lipids while reducing inflammation, all without drugs. Dietary saturated fat is not a demon when you are low carb adapted. Dietary sugars and refined starches are not needed to feed your brain or fuel exercise.
The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners– Amy Ramos
Eating healthier, losing weight, and trimming your waistline―no matter what your reasons for following the ketogenic diet are, starting is never as simple as it sounds. Equipping you with easy-to-follow meal plans, shopping lists, and need-to-know info about the keto lifestyle, The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners is your all-in-one resource for starting and sticking to the ketogenic diet
If I can lose 80 pounds in 11 months and keep it off by following a simple, minimalist eating plan I am confident that you can do it too.