As I posted a few weeks ago, I’ve been struggling a bit since almost finishing the Whole30. Alcoholic beverages are my weakness and I’m powerless to stop them once I’ve had them. Note: ‘once I’ve had them’. It’s because of this really important piece of information that I’ve decided to stop drinking.
I don’t drink a lot, but when I do, I want more. It’s a similar thing with chocolate (and I only eat 80% or more so it’s not just about the sugar here). My brain’s reward centre goes into overdrive and demands satisfaction. Unfortunately this is not one glass or one bite.
Right now, I really want to lose fat and gain muscle. And I want a flat tummy. I’ve never had one and for the first time in my life, I can actually see that I might be able to get one. I want this a lot more than I want wine or whisky or [insert almost any spirit here] however, when I have [insert any alcoholic beverage here] I instantly change my order of priorities. All I want is more to drink, and that’s after just one mouthful.
In order to lose fat I need to be hitting the sweet spot on carbohydrate consumption, which is around 50-100 grams of carbs per day.
Dont get me wrong – I’m not fanatical about counting carbs at all. I don’t measure or record everything I eat. I have a vague idea of what 50-100 grams of carbs should look like thanks to FitDay, and if I eat more or less than 100 grams, then so be it, so long as on average, I’m less than this. This does not mean I go hungry – you can eat A LOT of fresh veg and some fruit and not go anywhere near 100g. Sadly, it only takes 6 medjool dates to hit this (I really love medjool dates).
While most alcohol is low/no carb, the huuuge number of calories with no nutritional value are not going to do anything positive for me. I’ve reconciled that the only way I can reach my target is to completely avoid the things that will stop me getting there. This means no booze and no medjool dates.
I’m still undecided about what to do about the chocolate … 😉