Much of the country is being whacked with yet another arctic blast proving that awful Groundhog was wrong yet again this year. To think, people tease me for still using AOL and yet we’re still using a rodent to predict the change of seasons! Regardless of Phil’s ability to see his shadow or not, spring and summer are coming, and many of us are ill-prepared to be seen in less than a parka anytime soon. We know we need to get in some kind of shape before breaking out the bikinis and we feel like it should be done fast! Should we cut our carbs? Cut out red meat? Stop eating dairy?
The answer to the question of what you should cut out of your diet is easier than you think but not as easy as you want it to be. There is no single food you can, or should, cut from your diet, that is going to help you take off weight and keep it off.
Rest in peace Dr. Atkins, sorry “Cave”-people, and a big WTF to the maker of the OMG Diet, but the only thing to remove from your diet this year isn’t carbs; you need to cut out the belief that you can effectively shed overnight that took you months, or years, to put on.
That’s right, I said it, the miracle diets and the fads might take off a few quick pounds in time for you to squeeze into that bridesmaid dress that looks like it came from Vanna White’s garage sale, but those pounds will be back by the time you take the first bite of wedding cake.
So what should you do and what can you really expect from changing your eating and drinking habits? First, journal everything you are eating and drinking for three to five days. By doing that you will clearly see where you can make little changes to your lifestyle that could pay off in a big way. Start by cutting back on your intake of junk carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, rice, etc) and replace them with vegetables, fruit, and whole grain carbs. And switch your beverages from whatever you are drinking now to good old fashioned water. The sweet teas, cokes and cookie-chinos we are drinking are adding a couple pounds a month.
What you can expect from those minor changes depends on a few things; how much you have to lose and how bad your diet is to start. If you are way overweight and eating horribly you could lose an easy 8-12 pounds in the first week and a half followed by one to two pounds per week after. It might not seem like much but that is around the 20 pounds that the OMG diet claims with doing anything drastic. Grand scheme it’s a pretty simple plan compared to starving yourself or trying to live in the modern world without eating an occasional sandwich without thinking you are going to blow up like Veruca in Willy Wonka.
Last, get moving! Diet might be 80% of the weight loss puzzle but adding exercise will really help the pounds come off. And I’m talking about real exercise, not some slow-paced walk around your office building while you complain about your job with your fellow walkers. That isn’t any more of a workout than jogging your memory or running errands. Pick up the pace!
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