About 3 months ago I decided to slim down a bit, so I made a few basic changes as listed below:
1. Switching to diet coke - I once tried to cut out soda all together from my diet, but I got discouraged and stalled on the dieting, so I found diet coke and pepsi are the way to go. I try to keep my water up, 2 glasses every hour.
2. Cutting out ALL junk food - I no longer eat junk food at all. I haven't seen a McDonalds burger since I started the diet. The last time something fried went in my mouth was a long time ago.
3. Choosing the appropriate time to eat - Some nights I finish work at midnight and don't get back home until about 1am. I used to stop over at McDonalds for a late night feed, or even go home and eat before bed. Now I will either take food to work so I can eat at 8pm. I've found that protein bars keep the hunger away, and it's really easy to take a small tub of VP2 to work and mix with a bottle of water.
4. Emphasizing CLEAN foods - I now say 'no' to salt, oil, butter, margarine, sauce and all the other crap when I eat out. For example if I have to eat subway, none of the above. Just roast chicken, and salads. No condiments.
By following this plan, I have lost quite a bit of weight. My pants are super-loose now, and my belts need replacing. I don't weigh myself since I do weight training as well and I learnt long ago not to trust scales, and I don't know how to calculate bodyfat. I'm down from a size 40 to a size 38. I aim to be a 34 by the end of the year.
My question is this. Will I be able to keep dropping fat but gaining muscle and strength if I continue the way I am going? Anyone foresee any problems with getting down to about 8%bf with my current plan?