Dieting: Really Good Ideas


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When it comes to dieting, there’s no shortage of Really Good Ideas. The problem is figuring out which ones to follow. Here are some good ideas that can help you:

Skip the Supermarket

Instead of heading for the supermarket, go to an actual market, a farmers’ market. That’s where the really fresh produce – newly harvested vegetables and fruit – is located, and many such markets also have meat and fish vendors. These markets carry foods that humans haven’t had the chance to mess around with. These are the foods that are low in so-called human interference. It’s real food; it’s good food. It’s not plastic or processed food-like stuff. And there are very few labels to confuse you. At an old-fashioned market, there’s also no extravaganza of refined junk or cold tantalizing cans of liquid sugar to tempt you on your way to the checkout counter.

A Little Goes a Long Way

Another Really Good Idea is to avoid huge meals. You just don’t need them. A great way to fill yourself up before your main meal is to have a small bowl of vegetable soup or miso soup. And remember to drink two glasses of water before every meal. A slice of lemon, combined with that water, will help curb your appetite. Then you’ll only have to eat for two instead of three: while your head and stomach are fed, your tongue can sit this one out.

Snack More with Less

While we’re on the subject of the tongue, the best snacks are the ones that satisfy your tongue and your stomach but contain very few calories. It’s a Really Good Idea to eat these. If your diet book says you don’t need snacks, it’s probably also telling you to eat lots and lots of meat-based protein meals. Beware! Psychologically, you do need snacks.

Take the Stairs

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If you see a bunch of stairs, walk up them – feel your quads and your butt muscles contracting, tightening. Your thighs actually talk to each other and chat about what they’ve done each day. Give them something good to talk about!

Monitor Portion Size

Do you weigh your food, as advised by some diet plans? Do you have a scale in your kitchen that you use night after night after night when you’re preparing your (and your family’s) meals? Give it up. There’s a better, more interesting way to monitor how much food you eat. It’s portion size, not weight.

Take the size of your dinner plate, for instance. What if you ate off smaller plates? If you had a plate that was two-thirds the size of your normal plate, you couldn’t pile on as much food. If you ate off smaller plates for three months, you’d lose a lot of pounds of fat.

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And what about the size of your palm? A serving of meat should be no bigger than the palm of your hand. It certainly shouldn’t be the size of half a cow! By eating portions of meat smaller than (or the same size as) the palm of your hand—3 to 3½ ounces of meat per serving—you will dramatically reduce your risk of developing colon cancer, according to the World Cancer Research Fund. If you want to risk getting colon cancer in the next 10 years, go ahead and eat half a cow every meal. If you don’t want colon cancer, reduce the portion of meat to the size of your palm.

Finally, what about the size of your fork and knife? In Okinawa, they don’t have forks. They have chopsticks. It’s very difficult to eat fast with chopsticks, because you can’t just shovel food into your mouth. Chopsticks force you to eat slowly, which lets you recognize when your stomach and head are fully satisfied.

Weighing doesn’t work, but portion size does.

Do you need the largest coffee? Do you need the coffee and the muffin? No, you don’t.

Dennis is a professional writer that loves to write about diet and health. You can find out more in his blog World of Blueberry

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