Are you dieting right now? Are you trying to lose weight or at least thinking about losing weight? There is a mega industry out there right now waiting for you and more than willing to take your money by offering a solution. Keeping yourself fit and your finances in top shape go hand in hand. Without your health, it won't matter how much money you have. There is no bigger fight than trying to fight the weight loss battle. I've tried it many times and this is what I have done and am now doing to get rid of some of that Christmas fat. All the best to you and thanks for stopping by to read this article. I sincerely hope it can help you.
- Sixty billion dollars a year are spent by Americans trying to lose weight
- 3 billion is spent on Weight Watchers
- 1 billion is spent on Nutri-System (yuck!)
- 3 billion is spent on pills and meal replacements (bad for you!)
- 20% of people actually join a group or pay a professional to help them lose weight
- the typical dieter makes 4 attempts a year to lose weight
- fads are a big part of this industry, remember the banana diet, hot dog diet and pineapple diet?
- 300 billion dollars is spent on fast food with another 100 billion spent on junk food. So 60 billion spent trying to lose weight is actually quite a small amount. Big numbers none the less.
Now ask yourself, how much am I spending a year to lose weight? How much have I spent over my lifetime trying to fight this battle?
What's the plan?
I can only speak from my own experience, but the best diet plans or eating plans or lose weight plans all come with some sort of low carb guideline included to achieve weight loss. That's just the way it is. Notice I didn't say NO CARB. I said LOW CARB. There is a monumental difference that always seems to get mixed up when you talk to people on this subject.
Just this past summer I went on a reducing diet because I was going into hospital for triple hernia surgery. During my initial consult with the doctor he said I had to lose 15 pounds before they would do the surgery. Believe you me they are pretty strict about that rule.
They want to ensure 100% success rate by not having you come in carrying extra weight around your stomach which adds stress to the surgery they are going to perform. In my case I was having 3 operations in 8 days. Ya, it was a killer.
I wanted to get the surgery done and I also had an idea what I needed to do. With my exercise program, prior knowledge as a certified fitness instructor and a diet plan handout, I got started. I am a very driven and determined individual when it comes to achieving a goal, so I knew the 15 pounds was going to come off.
I followed the Atkins Diet for the first 2 weeks to kickstart my weight loss program. Only for the initial stage. It has it's problems like all deprivation diets however, this is what I did. I then followed a low carb reducing diet for the next 3 months. I lost my 15 pounds when I was weighed upon admission. This is what I followed:
1 piece of fruit or cup of berries, 1 egg cooked as you like with one to two egg whites. Add vegetables and 1/2 ounce of cheese to make an omelet. Coffee or tea, no sugar. 1 slice of Melba Toast with 1 teaspoon butter, peanut butter or almond butter.
I felt very satisfied after eating this breakfast and it continues to be pretty much what I eat every day to start my day. It has a healthy mix of protein, carbs and healthy fats. The portion size is small for some people but this is how you shed pounds. It worked for me and you can easily do this too.
1-2 cups of a broth based vegetable soup (optional). 4-6 ounces (about the size of your palm) poultry/meat/fish - non battered. Mixed green salad or raw/cooked vegetables. No limit on portion size. Try to use a salad dressing with 2 grams or less of sugar. 1 slice of Melba toast with 1/2 ounce of cheese (any kind) or 1 teaspoon of peanut butter or almond butter.
Same as lunch
1 cup of milk and 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt. 1/4 cup Bran Buds or Fibre 1 Original Bars. I used 1 Atkins Bar a day. I just couldn't find Fibre 1 anywhere. The Atkins bars are much tastier and low in sugar. Not something I would eat long term that's for sure.
Don't eat these foods
- ice cream/frozen yogurt
- cookies/granola bars
- jam/honey/maple syrup
- ketchup/bbq sauce
- soft drinks, except sugar free
- fruit juice or juice drinks
- potatoes/sweet potatoes/yams
- lima beans/soy beans
- beans/lentils/chick peas
- breakfast cereals (except bran cereal)
- porridge/oatmeal/hot cereals
- beer/wine/sugary mixed drinks
If you want you can have 1.5 ounces of spirits a day
Take a multivitamin a day while you are restricting your food intake. This is only meant to be a temporary measure to lose weight. Try it for 3 months at least to see if it gives you the desired results. Remember to walk and exercise every day while you attempt to lose weight on this plan. Save your money and stop wasting it on Nutri-System and Weight Watchers and other programs you will never stay on long term. This is a plan you can use as a guideline to stay slim all year round and is cheap to maintain because you're eating real foods and not downing shakes manufactured in a laboratory.
I had no problems reaching my goal and you will reach yours too.
I am not a qualified dietician or nutritionist and this article is not meant as advice for you to follow. This is just what I did and continue to do . You may or may not achieve the same results. I believe you will.
What have you found to be the best diet plan to lose weight? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
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