Finding your Ideal Diet
There are plenty of diets out there. Just check out those magazines as you wait in line at the super market. Every magazine has a diet on the cover. It’s our national obsession. I saw one this week that guaranteed a 38-pound weight loss in one week!
Let’s see, there’s the low-carb, high-fat, the low-fat, high carb, the Mediterranean, the every-other-day diet, the no-sugar diet, and too many more to count. The truth is that they all can work, though I’m leery of that 38-pound claim, but the real secret is to find the diet that works for you.
I’m not going to describe them all here, but check this link to see the most successful diets of 2017. They all sound good to me in theory, but how do they work in the real world?
What Works in the Real World?
I hadn’t seen my friend Annie for several months when she hopped out of the car for a tennis match looking a svelte 26 pounds lighter! She said she had decided simply to count calories – 1400 a day. And she could eat whatever she wanted within that range – including two drinks in the evening. That number of calories satisfied her and made the weight loss easy. She’s also very active – playing tennis several times a week and walking every day.
Almost the same thing happened when I met my sister-in-law for lunch after not seeing her for a time. She’d lost 22 pounds with Weight Watchers while working with a personal trainer. Weight Watchers is her go-to diet. It always works, and she looks great.
Dixie’s daughter, has had great success with a protein shake and nutritional program, again coupled with an ambitious weight-lifting program. She’s lost more than 60 pounds and kept them off for more than three years. She looks better in her 40’s than she did in her 20’s.
All three of these women found a particular diet that worked for them, and although they lost weight in different ways, they shared some common habits of successful dieters. Here are some tips that can help you on your way. All of these ideas come from Prevention Magazine. Here’s a link to the complete article.
Ten Tips for Weight Loss Success
Start with a Positive Attitude
This isn’t about what you can’t eat and you can’t do; it’s about how you choose to eat in a healthful way. Definition is everything.
This will probably help you more than anything. Consider what your week is going to be like and make sure you have the food and snacks that will make the week easy for you.
If you have a particularly busy week, maybe you could cook several meals on Sunday afternoon and they’d be there when you get home. Also, if you have good snacks already organized, you won’t get too hungry which can destroy your best intentions.
Eat Breakfast Every Day
Most Americans don’t eat a good breakfast. If you eat at least 250 calories of good protein, fat and carbs in the morning, you’ll be less hungry all day.
Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Often we mistake thirst for hunger and would be satisfied with a tall glass of water.
Write It Down
There’s something about writing something down that makes us feel accountable. If I have to write down that 200th chip, I’m less likely to eat it!
It takes about 15 minutes before our satiety response kicks in, so if we scarf down our entire meal in 10 minutes, we don’t even know we’re full. This is a hard one for me. I’ve tried all kinds of things – putting my fork down between bites, chewing every bite at least 20 times, even talking more.
I remember being told at a Weight Watcher’s Meeting once not to put something in my mouth while I still had something in my mouth. I was surprised to find that I almost always put the next bite in before the first bite was gone! If you’re going to eat a treat, take at least ten minutes to do it.
Breathe or Count Away Your Cravings
Try a few calming breaths or count to 100 until the immediate craving is gone.
Ditch your Baggy Clothes
It’s really easy to overeat when you wear those comfy sweats! A tighter waistband makes it more difficult.
Don’t Get Too Hungry
Keep some good snacks around. Have some veggies already cut up or buy them that way. Eat before you go to the party. Don’t starve yourself.
Finally, try adopting the 80/20 rule. If you make good, nutritious, choices about 80% of the time, you’re going to succeed. You don’t need to be perfect.
Good luck with finding the diet that works for you. Here’s a quiz to help you find your best approach!
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