I get a lot of questions regarding what to eat, what is the secret? I always say, there is no secret concerning eating habits, there is no super diet, there is no magic, there is no superfood. To me, these are simply labels, to sell a highly unpopular attitude, something that people don’t want to hear: the secrets of a good diet, is discipline and consistency.
If you want to loss weight, eat less than you use.
If you want to maintain your weight, eat as much as you use.
Before I had the time to find out if I was prone to weight gain, I started going on a diet, to be more precise, I started starving myself. Since the age of 16, I have been struggling with eating disorders, I didn’t eat enough, and if I did, I ate unhealthy food. Starving myself was at the centre point in my life. Eating become a hassle, most of the time I didn’t want to even think about it. It was a highly unhealthy state, both mentally and physically, and it went on for years and years, until I started running seriously. So in effect, I have also the following to thank running: that it took me out of the unhealthy starving myself state.
Because, above a certain amount of training passes, you cannot afford to starve yourself. You will not achieve as good results, you will not develop your technique, and you will feel unhealthy in general. I was in the end forced to abandon my long gone obsessions regarding my diet, and to try a different kind of diet management, which I have been enjoying since the last ten years, naturally having been a continuous change, and transformation.
So comparing the last ten years, to the ten years before the big change I have to say, there is a huge change: in appearance, wellbeing and conscience as well.
In effect what I did was that I was experimenting with my body, to see how it reacts to different diets, and foods. At the same time, I was continuously exercising and training. I did not read any specific books on the issue, I did not try to confirm it with some scientific evidence – and this is how I treat running as well -, I was just listening to the reactions of my body instinctively. I did however calculate with some things, that is not anything magic, but known to everyone such as: using sugar and white flour in my diet is not particularly healthy, and are not efficient ingredients.
Which is why I slowly retained from using them, as much as I could: less pastry, less breads, and less pasta.
What I drafted for myself – and I am sure I am not the first one with this deduction, and in this case I have to completely agree: I am never hungry, but also at the same time I don’t eat so that I feel all full. This is my general rule. There is always a point, where you practically feel, that you have eaten enough, and that you really don’t need to eat anymore. This is where you have to find your satisfaction feeling. That is the secret.