About two weeks ago I decided that I was going to remain completely abstinent from junk foods, hopefully for the rest of my life.
Ambitious goal, I know. But I’ve stuck to it now since September 3rd.
Here are some of the benefits I’ve experienced after two weeks without added sugar and gluten grains:
More energy: There’s no question about it, I feel more energetic and awake. I don’t find myself getting nearly as tired in the afternoon.
Less sleep. I’m getting by with less sleep than usual, feeling more refreshed.
Less depression. I have chronic depression that I keep in remission with medication, but I’ve still felt a lot better now since giving up sugar and gluten.
Less water retention, less fat. I can see the outline of my muscles a lot clearer, especially around the line between the rectus abdominis (six pack muscle) and obliques and between my bicep and tricep.
Weight Loss. Already lost about 6-7 pounds without trying and a half inch off my waist. Haven’t been doing any calorie counting or portion control, just avoiding sugar and gluten.
Need less coffee. I need less coffee to keep me going through the day, now I just brew one pot in the morning and let it suffice.
Digestion. Digestion has improved in every way.
I feel motivated. Right now I feel a lot more motivated to go to the gym, study harder and blog even more. I feel as if a weight has been lifted – everything feels easier.
Now, all of this is purely anecdotal, but it’s not uncommon for people to experience a wide range of both mental and physical benefits when they give up the junk food and start eating healthier.
I haven’t exactly been eating low-carb either, I’ve only avoided the sugar and gluten. I’ve been eating some oats with my eggs in the morning and about 2 bananas per day.
In order to make giving up junk food easier, I’ve decided not to make it a priority to lose weight (not that much overweight anyway). Already seeing a decent amount of difference anyway simply by giving up the junk.
My belly is shrinking a bit, I’m seeing more outlines, in as little as 2 weeks.
I’d say my carb intake is somewhere around the 150 gram range. “Moderate” carb, but still a lot lower than most people would eat in a day.