About an hour ago, I did exactly what I tell all of you NOT to do. Here is the good, the bad and the really ugly.
- Drinking a big shake at 6:00 AM. Good.
- Working out from 1:00 – 2:00. Back and shoulder. Felt great. Good.
- Didn’t drink another shake and instead, ran to Whole Foods as I have nothing in my home (looks a bit like The Grinches refrigerator) and was S T A R V I N G. Bad.
- I usually plan 6 hours between meals and, with the exception of a post-workout meal (usually a shake), NEVER snack. Check out the section in “The Ultimate Diet REVolution” if you need a refresher. Good.
- As my blood sugar plummeted, I found myself in front of the prepared sandwich section and looked at a Tuna, Cranberry Wrap. Threw it in my cart and headed to the check out line with my other groceries. Bad.
- Since the line was a little long, I was looking at my purchases, organic grapes and apples, asparagus, cauliflower, wild salmon and yes, wine (It’s 30% off, come on….) and saw that the label on the wrap had more info on the bottom. Good.
- To my Whole Foods HORROR, guess what the calorie count was – 760. YIKES. Ran back and looked at the chicken burrito and this was a small burrito. 800 calories. Ugly.
- This is why Michael Bloomberg gave a love letter to New Yorkers when he mandated that all calorie counts need to be on every chain restaurant, coffee house, etc. Good.
- The research on what transpired was interesting. New Yorkers DIDN’T immediately stop eating 480 slivers of lemon pound cake. Instead, with repetition and education, they finally made lower calorie choices. Good.
The lesson to be learned:
- DON’T assume everything in a health food store is low calorie as it’s clearly not.
- Educate, educate, educate and read, read, read. Go online and download the menus that have the calorie counts. You will see some themes such as VERY high calorie counts for Caesar Salad and others with all the dressing, croutons, cheese, etc.
- Don’t eat mystery food.
- Don’t go more than six hours in between meals and once again, NO snacking with the exception of post-strength training recovery meal (not a snack).
- Beware of sleep deprivation as it creates a hormonal environment where weight loss is all but impossible.