Ask any overweight woman anywhere about dieting and she will tell you how many diets she has tried and the names of them, what she was “forced” to endure while on this diet, and how long it took before she realized it’s just not working. Every woman has a story. Some men too! It’s a fact that women spend a lot of time on the web looking for that perfect diet or that perfect diet supplement. The truth is there is no such thing. Not really. Dieting in the conventional sense of the word is dangerous and a stupid choice. They are usually fad diets that people make up and post as the latest and greatest but require that you completely cut out certain food groups or only eat a tiny amount each day or only drink liquids. I could go on for ages. Soup diets, meat diets, juice diets, cereal diets, bread diets (yes that one sounds like an oxymoron to me too), these are some of the diets your favorite actresses do so they will look slim on the next red carpet event, but the effects are at best short lived and unhealthy. So what diet is safe? Let’s explore that question a bit more …
As mentioned above, the typical style of diet is dangerous. If it works, it’s only for a very short time. As soon as you lose the weight you go off the diet and start eating normally again and gain back every pound you lost, and then some! Why? It’s quite simple really. You can’t simply stop eating bread products, pasta, cut back on dairy and sugar until you fit into a smaller size dress or jeans and expect to keep the weight off when you achieve your goal weight. As soon as you start eating all those things again you will put the weight back on because all you did was deprive your body of foods it’s accustomed to and “crashed” it, hence the name Crash Diet. Crash being the operative word. Your body crashes and consumes its own muscle to make you look slimmer; you think you are burning off fat when it’s in fact eating away at your muscle mass! That’s not good. The ideal way to lose inches is to lose first excess water then burn excess fat, never muscle. Lean muscle is the one thing you want in order to lose weight effectively and permanently. Muscle weighs more than fat, but it burns off fat faster than any diet pill on the market.
So then how do you get lean muscle mass? This is the burning question, right? First off, stop dieting. It is literally killing you and aging you as well. Secondly, get some exercise. Swim, walk or run, play tennis go to the gym, but do something. Preferably workout with weights at least twice a week along with a good cardio workout a couple times a week for good results. Thirdly, rethink what you are eating and how much of it. Try intermittent fasting to lose weight. Eat Stop Eat is a fasting system designed to be as natural as the ages – all we need to do is remind our bodies that fasting is normal.
That all sounds easy, but how do you go about the third part? That’s a fair question. Start by knowing your exact weight. Now is not the time to lie and fudge things. Keep a small note book that only you will see and write down your true weight. Then take the next two weeks and write down every single thing you put in your mouth. EVERYTHING! Remember, if you cheat, you are only cheating yourself. At the end of two weeks, look at what you ate and at what times. Pay attention to the amount you ate. You will see the reality on those pages. Scary, but it’s not only effective, but works to give you that kick in the butt you needed to finally do something about your weight for real.
Now that you have your evidence in hand, you can start small. Start by cutting your portions down. Use your fist as a guide. Close your hand and look at the back of your fist. The back of your hand from knuckles to wrist is the correct portion size of vegetables, protein and carbs, and you need 1 portion of each per main meal. Everyone has a different size hand so use your own hand to gauge portion sizes. A baked potato should be roughly the size of your clenched fist. You should be eating a minimum of three different veggies with your protein (meat) and a starch. The portions are small, yes, but you are supposed to eat more regularly than 3 times a day. You should be eating around 5 to 6 smaller portions of food a day. You should be weight training and doing a bit of cardio at the same time as well if you want to lose any weight. And you should be drinking at least 2 liters of water a day to keep hydrated. This is called a healthy eating plan, no dieting. This way of eating should become a lifestyle. The term diet is meant to be used to describe the way a person eats daily, as in food. So in basically, the word “diet” means “food”. Your attitude towards this word needs to change if you want to change your life.
So in that little note book you had before, start keeping a record of your measurements from day one of your new lifestyle. Take measurements of your upper arms, thighs, chest, waist and hips and write it down. Then every week take those measurements again. Don’t count on the scale to tell you that you have lost weight because this device is the biggest deceiver ever invented. Remember that muscle weighs more than fat so it will look like you are gaining weight. Rather rely on a tape measure for accuracy. A tape measure never lies. And neither will your cloths. You will start to feel your clothing getting a bi loose and baggy. Even your underwear will feel too big! Nothing wrong with that!
One more thing; ask someone you trust like your husband, wife or best friend to take a before photo of you standing in your undies. Keep it somewhere safe (like in your note book) or if you are brave, put it on your dresser mirror so you can see it every day. When you start to feel you are losing weight, take another photo and put it away without comparing the two. When you have 3 or 4 photos then put them up next to each other so you can see the changes in your body from simply changing your attitude, eating right and working out.
Oh, and 1 last thing: when all is said and done, the beauty of Eat Stop Eat is that you don’t have to stress to much about what you’re eating, as long as you’re eating normal-sized portions and you’re following the intermittent fasting diet program it outlines. It’s a great cheat, one of the only diet “cheats” we’ve found to be scientifically proven to work. We recommend you check it out.