Week 8 of dieting is finished—finito. It’s kind of humorous that we are counting the weeks we have been on a diet. We are always on some diet. By that I mean a weight loss eating plan. I was just thinking two years from now I’ll be saying we just completed week 112. We are doing well on this diet. The diet is somewhat restrictive but it doesn’t seem that bad. We add variety within the confines of the restrictions.
I just want to write a word about restrictions. A restriction is a limiting factor. In diets, it’s a restriction on types of food, calories, amounts, macro-nutrients or cooking styles. To get obese or overweight, a person didn’t restrict anything. Maybe they had diet coke with their pizza but generally an overweight person doesn’t restrict anything. That’s why they are overweight.
So with that said, in order to lose weight, you have to restrict something. So diets that say there are no restrictions on what you eat are destined to fail because that is just eating what you use to eat. How did that work for you? All diets have to restrict something, either the amount of food—calories, or the kinds of foods, but something has to be limited. To lose weight you have to eat less than your body uses in a day. Of course, the body isn’t any too happy about that.
The best diets restrict both the calories and the kinds of food and still leave you with a healthy diet. That means you get enough protein and the right kind of carbs with a little fat tossed in for good measure.
So when you are looking for a long-term diet (eating plan) take into consideration restrictions that you can handle and that will promote weight loss. It’s a matter of choice. You can’t eat like you were eating. You have to choose which foods promote weight loss and which don’t. If you have to eat celery sticks for a snack, so be it. Add a little hummus. Trader Joe’s have several varieties with low calories. I like hummus with horseradish. Eat low-calorie salads and soups. There are so many things you can do and still restrict yourself to a plan that promotes weight loss.
Then there is God’s grace to carry you through the mean times.
Jack has lost 20.6 pounds and Charlene 13 pounds so far.