I, like many men and women, realize that summer is just around the corner and know that the extra weight put on during the winter needs to come off fairly quickly. I used to follow the same practice as many people today. I used to search the internet and books for a diet that I wanted to go onto to lose some weight quickly before the summer fun begins.
Over Fad 200 Diets on the Market
I found many popular trending fad diets, and this only made me more confused. At the time I was looking to lose weight quickly, I found a diet called the ”Baby Food Diet.” This diet fascinated me because it was taking Hollywood by storm. Many celebrities found success in quick weight loss with this diet. so I figured I might as well try it out.
Adults need to consume at least eight jars of baby food per day. Take your meals with you, down them quickly and get on with life. This diet sounded good to me, as I was a busy mom who worked full-time. I did not have time to weigh foods, go to meetings, and count calories. This diet only last a few days, because baby food is bland and tasteless. I did not like it. I also found out that baby food does not contain the essential nutrients that an adult needs every day to stay healthy.
During this time, my days were extremely busy at work. I was in a management position and had no time to sit down and eat a meal. I was happy to have two Hershey candy bars a day and a pot of coffee was always on in my office. I went through at least two pots of coffee per day. I was happy with this so-called diet. Who would not be happy with chocolate and coffee?
I did a lot of walking every day; at least 3-miles within the facility I worked. I did a lot of sitting also and a lot of writing and computer work. The only thing getting somewhat slim was my fingers. My weight ballooned to an all-time high. I do not want to tell anyone how much weight I gained. All I will say is that it was too much on my 5’2″ petite frame. I needed to exercise.
Diets are Short-Term, Not a Lifestyle Change
What I found was that diets are for anyone else but me. I wanted to lose weight and keep it off. I wanted to do something that would allow me to lose an immense amount of weight slowly and keep it off for the rest of my life. I did not want to see this extra weight ever again. This meant that any diet I went on would have to be a diet for life and I realized that weight-loss diets are not long-term for the rest of one’s life. No one can stay on a diet for life.
What I found repeatedly was when the fad diet helped me reach my weight loss goal, and then the diet went out the window. I was once again enjoying all the fattening foods I could not have on the diet. At summer’s end, my weight was back to where it was before I started to diet. No one can stay on a diet for life, except maybe the Weight Watcher’s Diet. Unfortunately, I did not have time to devote to the required meetings.
My nursing position put me in constant contact with dietary consultants. These professional were able to give me tips to use to lose weight the right way. I also took my doctor’s advice and ate anything I wanted but learned to cut the servings dramatically and push myself away from the table. I had to leave the able sufficiently full and not eat until my stomach hurt. It is good to leave the take a bit hungry, but takes a lot of willpower.
Long-Term Sensible Weight Loss Lifestyle Changes
I studied the Food Pyramid and ate accordingly in the amounts that I found recommended to obtain daily nutritional values. Following the food pyramid is not a difficult thing to do. I also read up on alternative medicine, Holistic practices, herbs, vitamins and minerals.
I cleaned my kitchen of empty calories and everything white such as, table salt, processed flour and refined sugar. I replaced this with whole grains, sea salt (used sparingly) and raw sugar.
Through all of my efforts, I could not avoid caffeine or coffee. I do not drink anything but water so I allowed myself as much coffee as I wanted as long as I used a natural sweetener and no creamer. I still drank 64 ounces of water per day coffee never counts.
I lost 50-pounds and eight dress sizes by doing the following
* Read labels on foods and avoided anything with refined sugar, fructose and dextrose
* No canned vegetables and fruits due the hidden sugars and sodium found in canned foods
* Use fresh fruits and vegetables
* Eat lean beef twice a week and fill in with chicken, turkey, and fish the rest of the week
* No fast foods
* No fried foods
* Drink 64 ounces of water per day
* Exercise the best way you can without overdoing, at least three times per week
Diets are Not Permanent or for Everyone
I am not saying that there are not some good diet plans on the market. What I am saying is that diets did not work for me and if I did have success losing weight on a diet I could not wait to get rid of the diet. Diets are not a generally a lifestyle change. I ditched any notion of any kind of diet, took it from my vocabulary and went for a plan that I could live with for the rest of my life. This is the only sensible plan I found that worked for me.
Everyone is different and must find a plan that works for them. As a further thought, no weight loss plan is going to be successful unless the person structures an exercise plan individualized for them specifically.
Once You Lose 10, 20, 30 or More Pounds Do This Exercise.
Carry your weight lost up a flight of steps in the form of bags of groceries. You will find it difficult and tiring. You will understand how the excess weight caused so much fatigue and tired your body. You will wonder how you carried this excess weight for so long.