Countryboyev saidHi, I work all off hours and don't have the best diet. Best foods I can get are fast food salads, and we all know they aren't healthy.
What is the best diet for a beginner to do. I am looking to loose at least 80 pounds healthy and as soon as possible.
I have a low energy level and currently trying to get that up with trying new herbs.
Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.
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If you're anything like me, the weight and diet may be a major reason for the low energy levels. Try to get more exercise if at all possible, especially strength/resistance; this helps with passive metabolism too.
I'm not sure what you mean that fast food salads are the best you can get; fruits and vegetables in a grocery store tend to be not just better but cheaper as well. Do you not have access to a half-decent produce section, or do you work some place where they make junk food?
When I was starting out about 65 pounds ago, I started with some relative fasting and worked my way up; I found that frozen vegetables in chicken broth with some canned chicken or chopped almonds could make a relatively filling but low-calorie evening meal, carrots and pickles made filling fast snacks any time of day, bananas or apples for when I started to feel sluggish due to low blood sugar, and yogurt, milk, and eggs for cheap quick protein early in the day.
I did mostly stick to the standard recommendation of losing at most two pounds per week, though that was an average; often I would lose 4-5 pounds one week and then eat more the following week to stay steady and give my body a chance to adjust.
I do feel like limited fasting early on helped me to adjust more quickly; in the past when I'd tried to improve my diet gradually I ended up with worse junk food cravings. Hitting the reset button worked better for me, and I was able to sustain a healthier diet by building up from basics instead of cutting down from excess junk.
If you're around junk food your whole shift this will be difficult, but it would be especially important in that case to break the association between junk and eating if you can.