There’s lots of advice out there. These are my favourites. You need to make it as easy as possible. Remove all the temptations and pitfalls. You have to want to do it, basically.
So I thought in a lot more detail about what I was going to eat. Eating under 50g of carbs a day and getting 3/4 of your calories through eating fat is quite hard. My favourite food/meals became:
- Avocados with salt – you have to keep up your salt intake
- Steamed kale
- Full fat crème freche
- Full fat yoghurt
- Soft and full fat cheese
- Bacon and pork including the fat
- Chicken Caesar salad.
- Tinned mackerel in olive oil undrained
- Smoked salmon
- Fresh fish generally
- Coffee with lots of double cream
- Up and Go breakfast drinks
- Jointace supplements
- Tapas & cured meats
- Pork scratchings
- M & S edame and humous
- M & S hard boiled eggs with spinach leaves
- M & S teriyaki salmon protein pot
(all three above are available from M&S-equipped service stations on motorways)
50g of carbohydrates is a large man’s palmful of pasta. It’s not very much.
No sweets, chocolate, alcohol, biscuits, crisps, fizzy drinks (except diet, from a can, not draught) etc.
This is done in terms of macronutrients or “macros”. There are three: protein, carbohydrate and fat.
I worked this out using a fixed protein % based on body weight in order to maintain muscle mass. Grams protein = weight in kg x 1.5
Protein – 110g (that’s a chicken breast)
At 4 calories/gram this gives me a base of 440 calories to deal with.
Try for 40g (under set maximum of 50g found in research) and don’t stress too much.
Get your daily calorie requirement for your body and activity level, work out the required deficit for you weight loss target and eat sufficient to make up calories necessary (see links). For me: 160g (1500 calories – 300ml double cream, 450g walnuts).
This is a 15% calorie deficit, so ~2000cal/day intake
It is hard to over-eat on this diet. Fat is very filling and psychologically quite wrong to eat in bulk, at least for a while. Such is our conditioning!