This discussion comes up a lot amongst us sleevers. If you think of diet as what you eat, well, we all follow a diet, don’t we? If you mean diet as in restricting what you eat, then the answer is more complicated.
You will probably always have to eat your protein first. This is to fill you up quickly as well as to help you reach your protein goals. But after that, you do have some flexibility.
Let’s say our calorie goal is 800 calories with 80 gms of protein. That could be Protein/Fat/Carb ratio of perhaps 40/30/30. That translates to 80 gms protein, 60 gms carbs, 27 gms Fat. Let’s further say that we need at least 25 gms of fiber a day based on best practices but we may or may not get all of it from food, although we want to get most of it from food.
Well that pretty much dictates what we can eat, right?
You HAVE to eat protein first, you probably do need to add fruits and veggies at some point to get roughage, and healthy fats so you don’t look like a shrunken, dried-up mummy.
So where’s there that much room to play?
Pre-sleeve, I used to eat three slices of thin crust, half-the-cheese, veggie pizza. If I can eat one slice, and that puts me at 150 calories for my “splurge”, surely that’s doable? OTOH…I am a sugar addict. I cannot eat sugar without massively affecting my body chemistry and craving more and more sugar. I may choose to never eat it again because I don’t like how it affects me both physically and mentally. Or I may find that I can eat a bite and not crave more (only 4 weeks out, no idea how this will play out). Others sleevers don’t have that problem. They can eat a bite and what gets to them is not that bite, but telling themselves they can NEVER have sugar again which causes a binge. Okay, here we have some room to play.
Some of us have trigger foods, some don’t.
But no one seems to disagree that we have to monitor total calories and get our protein first. So perhaps this diet vs.moderation is not reality, but rather perception. Is it about how we like to see ourselves? (I control my intake carefully vs. I eat what I want in moderation)
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