Are you tired of counting fat grams or feeling totally food deprived when on a diet? Are you over feeling miserable every time you try to lose weight? Even worse, despite your best efforts, you still aren’t the size you deserve to be? Well, the no-diet diet may be the ideal plan for you as deprivation, skipping meals, and physical torture are all excluded from this diet. Sound too good to be true? Read on.
- Everything in moderation (except pasta and trans fats) is the mantra for this diet.
- This diet is based on the premise that depriving yourself of some of life’s little pleasures is physically and psychologically unhealthy. No, that doesn’t mean eating a block of chocolate every day, or reaching for the carton of Homer Hudson ice cream. What it does mean is that you can enjoy such things as red wine and chocolate, in moderation. (This would be 2-3 squares of chocolate.)
- Some fats are also allowed, again in moderation. The reasoning behind this is that a totally fat fee diet is unhealthy, leaves you feeling less satisfied, and wreaks havoc with hormone production.
- 30-60 minutes of exercise every day is another must in this weight loss regime. However, it is highly recommended that the activity be viewed as pleasurable and not as some form of physical punishment. If you currently loathe your workout regime, swap to something you enjoy.
- You may be thrilled to note that skipping meals is actively discouraged. The reason? Missing meals is only going to contribute to the muffin top by increasing your levels of cortisol, a hormone, which in turns results in the production of tummy fat.
What you can’t eat.
- Pasta and white flour are both off the list. Replace these empty and nutrition-less calories with whole grains and less refined cereals or rices.
- Trans fats (think deep fried foods).
What you can eat.
- Almost anything else that your taste buds desire, so long as it is in moderation, including chocolate (dark is better as it contains higher levels of antioxidants), and even red wine.
- Fresh foods, fruits, and vegetables.
- Whole grains.
- Olive oil, in moderation.
* Nuts, in small amounts.
Conclusion. There is absolutely no need to suffer while dieting. Pleasurable exercise and eating moderate amounts of foods traditionally labelled as "bad" in other diets, make this eating program a healthy and well balanced way to lose weight. Eat, drink, and be merry, all while losing weight.