How is that possible? All diets fail? According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the word “diet” means “food and drink regularly provided or consumed” — how can you fail at that? The problem is that we have made “diet” into a negative word, a word that conjures up neon lights that flash: RESTRICTION, DON’T EAT, BLAND, NO TASTE, and the list goes on.
However, shedding pounds doesn’t have to be about those words. I know, everyone is looking for a quick fix. Why not? But the only place you need to look is right in front of your mouth — and the answer is there. You need to do a “self-audit.”
This means you need to conduct a basic review of what you currently eat and drink. Pay attention to what you’re eating and become familiar with the calorie, fat, and carbohydrate content of your foods. Then, start negotiating with yourself as to which foods you are willing to replace or eliminate in order to reduce your daily intake by a few hundred calories.
It doesn’t have to be a major sacrifice. It can be as simple as taking a few seconds before pushing the next French fry into your mouth. That moment of pause in which you think, “Hey, maybe I can have a whole baked potato instead of these fries and save a few calories…” just might be more effective than any of the so-called “diets” you’ve tried.
So maybe all you need to do is think BEFORE you eat. Here are a few examples of easy substitutions. They may not fit exactly into your lifestyle, but I’m pretty sure that with a little effort, you can find some that might make your Atkins, South Beach, Dr. Phil, Weight Watchers or whatever diet you’re on (or aren’t on) a little less difficult.
SAVE 140 CALORIES WITH: Wendy’s Plain Baked Potato, with reduced fat margarine (3 tablespoons): 420 calories, 17g fat, 61g carbs
OR EVEN BETTER, SAVE 220 CALORIES WITH: Wendy’s Sour Cream and Chives Baked Potato: 340 calories, 6g fat, 62 carbs
OR STILL EVEN BETTER, SAVE 399 CALORIES WITH: “Guiltless Fries” — cut up a baked potato, spray it with PAM and sprinkle with flavored breadcrumbs (1 tablespoon), and bake for 45 minutes: 161 calories, 0g fat, 36g carbs
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