THE DIET FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE FOOD
By Robin Benzle
Expensive gym memberships. Counting calories. Miracle diet pills. Special meals in the mail. Sneaking candy and hating yourself. Worrying about everything that goes in your mouth. Scales. Stress.
Here’s a way you can throw all that out, eat whatever you like and lose weight:
You’re already smart enough to know what foods are good for you, and what you should include in your daily intake – and what foods you love and crave and are just plain delicious. And you already know that less intake and more exercise does the trick.
Try this: Prepare balanced meals as usual – and eat half of what you normally do. Half a sandwich, half a banana, half a piece of chicken, half a plate of spaghetti, half a chocolate bar, one piece of pizza instead of two. Drink two half glasses of wine rather than two full ones. When you dine out, plan on a doggie bag at the end of the meal. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but you can still enjoy great food and instantly cut your calorie intake in half. That’s a lot. And remember, the 20-minute rule works. It takes that long for your stomach to let your brain know that you’re satisfied. Another advantage is the cost savings. When you’re cutting everything in half, it’s amazing how you can stretch meals.
Two basic physical things are important – getting your heart rate up, and keeping your muscles toned. Get into taking regular brisk walks, no matter the weather (if the mailman can do it, you can too). Forty minute walks are great, 30 minutes will do, and if you don’t have time to take a walk, take a 10-minute walk. If you have woods nearby, that’s even better. You get to visit Mother Nature for awhile. Buy some inexpensive hand weights, whatever weight you’re comfortable with. A few times a week, take 15 minutes while you’re watching television and tone those muscles.
There. It’s that simple. It’s just a matter of getting in the habit. I’m starting right now with a small piece of dark chocolate. You?
After all, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow.
©2010 by Robin Benzle.