In the first six weeks of college I gained the Freshman 15, and thus began years of yo-yo dieting. A couple months ago, however, I had a simple realization: Dieting to achieve weight loss isn’t a healthy, positive or sustainable way to live. In fact, my diet shouldn’t be about dieting at all. It should be about eating, but in such a way that my go-to foods are healthy and satisfying rather than processed and nutritionless.
So I came up with a plan that encourages me to eat healthy most of the time. Enter the no counting, no restricting, two-step diet plan that anyone can do. I call it, “18 at Home”.
Step 1: always keep your house stocked with healthy, whole, unprocessed foods. Think fruits, vegetables, products with very few ingredients, etc.
Step 2: of the 21 meals you might eat in a week, eat 18 of them at (or bring them from) home. That’s it. If most of the food in your house is good for you, then by default you’ve eaten healthy if 18 of your meals were prepared from the healthy food you keep in your house.
We started implementing these rules at the beginning of February and it has been going pretty well. Even though we haven’t met our goal every week, I have seen a big shift in my attitude towards my diet. I don’t beat myself up if we go out and I splurge a little, and I praise myself for all the healthy eating that I do do. It’s a simple plan that has had a big impact without much change to our lifestyle and is exactly what I have needed for years!
Give it a try and tell me how it goes for you! I’m here if you have any questions about the plan or implementing it into your life. Quick tip: keep track of each meal you eat at home on a chalkboard in your kitchen. Being able to see your success is very motivating!