…in Mark Sisson’s own words:
“1. Eat lots of animals, insects and plants
Focus on quality sources of protein (all forms of meat, fowl, fish), lots of colorful vegetables, some select fruits (mostly berries) and healthy fats (nuts, avocados, coconuts, olive oil). Observe portion control (calorie distribution) week-to-week more than meal-to-meal. The majority of your calories should come from animal protein; however, the bulk of your plate should be made up of colorful fruits and veggies. Eliminate grains, sugars and trans and hydrogenated fats from your diet.”
Full Disclosure: I haven’t eaten any insects since I started this plan. But I’ve done well with everything else.
My past ventures into low-carb dieting were back in the days when Dr. Atkins was popular. Today, he is widely given credit for doing the best he could with the information available at the time, but his “all the steak and bacon cheeseburgers you can eat” diet was not the whole story.
Mark Sisson’s approach is better. Two things to note about animal protein: (1) If you want to lose weight, you need to limit your portions; and (2) the meats and fowl should be the best quality you can afford, preferably grass-fed and hormone free. Eggs ideally would be free range.
He has a different approach to vegetables, too. Local trumps organic, so eat local and seasonal when you can. In Wisconsin in the winter, when there’s not much local, frozen is better than canned.
I can almost hear you saying, “There is no way I can afford that!” And I thought the same thing too, at first. There are two ways this becomes affordable: first, you’re not buying any junk – think of all the money you’ll save because you’re not buying cookies, cakes, pies, crackers, and cereal; and second, if you can find some extra cash for food for just a few weeks, that gnawing feeling of always being hungry that you may not even know you have will go away. You will find yourself less hungry, and if you follow your hunger rather than your habit you will eat smaller portions and save a lot of money in the long run.
If you give it a try for about three weeks and you don’t look and feel better after the first week (some people have to adjust to the changes…it’s called “carb flu” and it lasts about 3-4 days), write to me here and let me know. And if you do feel better, write and let me know that too! Click here