As I incorporate more exercise into my daily regimen, I notice that food takes a back seat to most things. If you exercise regularly, eating a perfect diet seems undoable and even unnecessary.
I simply dont have time to prepare my own food and perhaps this is a blessing in disguise. The basic thing with trying to lose weight is to count carbs and calories. This is essentially the Atkins diet. There are variants of the low carb approach like ketogenic and paleo, but they make you go out of your way to eat certain foods and not eat other types of food.
If you exercise a lot and really understand sugar restriction, you don’t need much more knowledge. All food is atkins food, it’s just on a low carb diet you emphasize some food groups and diminish others. You don’t need to buy all your groceries at Whole Foods or eat at special needs restaurants. Atkins food is real food.
So as I continue getting better with age, I will emphasize exercising regularly and not be so picky about food. Just remember, Protein and Fiber are the two most important nutrients, and starch and hydrogenated fat are the worst nutrients.
That means you should emphasize the protein in any meal, eat a lot of vegetables of all different colors for fiber, and use a high quality cooking fat to make it interesting. Some carbs are better than others, and it is impossible to live without some form of sugar and starch on a regular basis. I find that adding some rice to a meal, or eating an apple as a snack is a good way to incorporate some good carbs in your diet.
Without some good carbs in your diet, and being overly strict with counting carbs, one might feel depleted and tired, and sugar cravings may arise.
When you are a young child, you can eat anything and not get fat from it. Kids have faster metabolisms and have more energy in them, so they move around a lot. As you age, your metabolism slows down, and you are too preoccupied with responsibilities like work, school, and taking care of your own children.
So dont obsess about the perfect diet or be orthorexic. Incorporate some light exercise into your daily routine and don’t overthink nutrition.