My Perfect Meal Plan for Weight Loss is Sugar Freedom: no sugar, no grains, no vegetable oils.
I used to wish that I could add sugar, grains, and high sugar fruits like bananas, but every time I tried re-introduction my cravings came roaring back, and away I would go with over eating.
The truth is that the way I eat now is very similar to the way I used to eat, and the way the actors, singers, and dancers around me ate, when I was working in show business.
From film sets, to commercial shoots, to the officer’s dinner on the cruise ship I worked on, most of us ate the same way. My fellow dancers and performers chose protein, vegetables, some fat, and a bit of fruit. Bread, pasta, and potatoes were out, and rice was only eaten occasionally.
I have been studying nutrition for almost ten years now, and I have come to a clearer understanding of why the elimination of grains and sugars is so important for working dancers. First, wheat and other grains can cause inflammation in susceptible individuals. You can imagine why this would be troubling for a dancer: aching joints don’t make for beautiful movement. When the body metabolizes sugar it produces advanced glycation end products or A.G.E.s., which have been shown to accelerate aging. Worst of all for me, sugar and grains cause my insulin levels to shoot up causing fatigue and irresistible cravings.
My solution, which has allowed me to permanently overcome obesity, is to simply leave those foods out permanently that get in the way of my work. I would rater act, sing, and dance than eat bread and sugar.
After years of trial and error, I have discovered the macro-nutrient amounts that reliably keep me lean, and that can promote fat loss when needed. Her is a screen shot of my weight loss meal plan from Fitday.com. Note that as a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, it is beyond my scope of practice to tell you what to eat. However, I do have the freedom to tell you what I eat, and that is shown here. The feeling of energy, satisfaction, and peace I get from this meal plan, is worth letting go of any of the foods I used to crave.