Ok, so here it is: my lunch for the day while I’m editing photos at the studio. Why am I adding my lunch to the billions of food photos that currently are on Instagram? Because one of the biggest struggles I’ve had my entire life, literally, is food. Eating has always been a constant point of failure for me. ⠀
I was 230 at my heaviest in college. It wasn’t till I graduated until I learned about proper nutrition. I lost 50 pounds by when I was 24 but maintained around 190-200 since then. But the numbers don’t matter as much as the journey and the mentality behind them.⠀
For me so much of nutrition and advice out there fed on two things that I have an abundance of: insecurity and impatience. Deep, powerful desires that are great drivers for business and confusion. I wanted to lose the most as fast as I could. So let’s go carb free, paleo, ketogenic, all of it! At the same time! ASAP!⠀
But it was all methods in not dealing with the deeper issues, which again isn’t about the diet or the numbers, but the journey and perspective.⠀
Here’s what I’ve come to, and the best experts out there (whatup @syattfitness) beat this drum day in and day out.⠀
1. Eating is a skill that can be mastered.⠀
2. A calorie, is a calorie, is a calorie. Just like an inch of cement is the same length as an inch of feathers, 100 calories of spinach the same as a 100 calories of spinach. What’s different is how healthy one is over the other, like how an inch of cement is heavier than an inch of feathers.⠀
3. To lose weight, create a deficit: use more calories than what you take in.⠀
4. Figure out how much to you need for a deficit, then keep track of it.⠀
5. Be consistent.⠀
6. Be patient.⠀
So this lunch I’m having right now fits into my calorie count for the day really well. It isn’t because I’m on a specific diet. Because I’ll tell you right now, carb free isn’t the way for me. I’m Korean, and I love Korean food. This is not Korean food.
Anyway, this is a huge lesson I’ve learned that’s helped me deal with something I’ve been horrible at for most of life. I want to be down to 170-175. That’s my goal and I’m on my way to get there. Hope that me sharing this has helped you!