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On Refining Diet

I eat pretty well and take pretty good care of myself. But it's taken quite a while to get here - before 2006, I had a pretty standard American diet. Lots of pizza, junk food, fast food, liquor, soda, sweets, etc. I smoked cigarettes, cigars, sheesha, and other kinds of tobacco.

Since then I've refined my diet and I eat pretty well. I have more energy, feel better, look better, and God willing, I'll live a lot longer as a result. It's a gradual process though, and I'm still improving. There's a few things I use to do it:

First, I'm all about incremental improvement - I think trying to crash change your diet is unlikely to work unless you have immense amounts of willpower and self-discipline. If you do have these Herculean amounts of will and discipline, you know who you are and don't need my advice. If you're more mortal, then you'll want to pick one or two things to be refining in your diet at a time.

Second, there's two ways I quit food or habits I don't like - "hard quitting" (cold turkey) and "soft quitting" (gradually reduce my consumption and eventually eliminate it). I pick which of these routes to go based on how convenient it is to quit something outright and if there's any detox process. If there's detox (like there was with nicotine), I think it's better to just get it over with once instead of constantly feeling deprived as your body re-adjusts to its new biochemical levels. The most successful method for quitting smoking is cold turkey, isn't it? Something like 80% of successful attempts to quit smoking are cold turkey? I don't have the statistics onhand, but that's the general idea. Quitting something like sugar, bad oils, or excess salt might be easier to do incrementally, since you need to replace the consumption with something else.

Which brings us to third point - I actively introduce new good behaviors before and during the time I quit something. Now, I don't know if the following is a good strategy, but it's what I did - when I started cutting down the sweets I ate, I increased my consumption of the kinds of salty foods I already ate: Chips, french fries, nuts, etc. Later I cut the salt content back. I don't know if that's a good habit, but it's worked okay for me. I also try to actively introduce fruits and vegetables before I quit something - it's hard to go from no fiber food that's highly processed to stimulate you immediately to fruits and vegetables. Fruit tastes bland compared to ice cream. So I introduce fruits and vegetables first, get comfortable with them, then increase my consumption of them as I decrease or eliminate bad consumption.



I'm not going to lie, I don't eat a lot of fruits or vegetables.  And also don't drink any water.  I mostly eat chicken and steak, and I only drink coffee and beer.I don't even know why I said "mostly", because that is almost all I eat, except at work I substitute beer with coffee.  Over the years I have personally experimented with eggs, tuna, and chicken as my main protein source, and I can tell you unequivocally that "CHICKEN IS NATURE'S STEROID"I can eat chicken all day long and I hardly gain a pound.  Of course I am taking about plain chicken that I bake with nothing on it, not chicken from Mcdonalds or KFC,  and definitely not chicken from a greasy lunch spot.Pure, plain, chicken.Recently I have been buying a 6 pack of chicken thighs for about $5, and I can make about 3 meals out if it.I baked my own chicken for years, but over the last 2 years I just got so tired of eating it that I took a break.And do you know what? There is NO substitution!!!I didn't get as cut when I switched to eggs, steak, or tuna. Eggs always make me gain some weight, so I only use them in the winter.  Tuna is pretty good, but it is hard to eat for every single meal.Steak is a good option, but if I eat too large of a portion I always gain some weight.Chicken NEVER has any negative effects on me.  It's inexpensive, and it is easy for me to measure out the exact portion that I eating, since the thighs are almost all the same size.So try it! 

 Bake 2 chicken thighs for lunch and dinner, and throw in some disgusting veggies as a filler.  That's pretty much my diet, and I have used that almost every summer to get ripped

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