Over time, I have slowly, so slowly, transformed what I eat away from the complicated and towards the simple and whole. I have many days that I believe are near ideal for my own health. Those days, though, are interspersed with days on the opposite end of the spectrum: days where I have a protein shake for breakfast, ham and cheese on a bagel for lunch, a sugar free latte for a snack, and 2 slices of delivered pizza for dinner. It is *just enough* to slow and sometimes stall weight loss... one day a week like that reverses the losses. It's *not* just about calories for me. It's about my body's reaction to food. And it is not enough that I know what I believe I should be eating; the stress and fatigue build over days and it just seems easier to eat the processed stuff, eat what everyone else around me is eating, eat the comforting stuff.
So when is it enough? I ask myself that a lot. What I mean is, what percentage of the time must I eat well and healthfully in order to reach my goals for health and weight loss? Obviously 80% does not work for me; eating at 80% has historically caused me to gain weight. At 90%, I stall or lose super slowly. And at 100%, I start getting a little crazy for the 'restricted' foods.
Lots of people go by a rule of eating well 90% of the time, either on a daily or weekly or monthly basis. A little wiggle room to have that 10% for special treats or meals out seems to be a sane place to be. But I don't lose weight at 90%. I am still working on this actively, every day: trying to find the balance between overly (compulsively) strict and not strict enough. It's kind of a fine line. What works for you?
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