Thursday, 11 August, 2011 08:19 Last Updated on Thursday, 11 August, 2011 08:19 0 Comments
This morning, I was looking at the mail from over the
last month, or so, which was piled up on the right hand
corner of my desk. One of the recurring questions was,
"Which diet is the best one for me to use?"
This isn’t a question I like very much and my reason
is this: If you’re still asking about which diet to use…
you haven’t made much progress. You’re only…
sort of… acknowledging you may have a problem.
Now I know there are a good number of diets out there,
because it’s hard for me to keep track of all of them.
One reader mentioned a diet I had never heard of…
and had trouble finding. And the last thing I need is
another diet book, because I have a wall full of them.
My own diet, which works, is an amalgam of several
different systems and some of my own ideas.
The truth is that all diets work, to some extent.
If they didn’t, there wouldn’t be an entire section in
bookstores devoted to them. The New York Times
bestseller list includes at least three diet books, each
and every year. Late night television is full of diet
offers and so are scads of magazines.
In addition to this…there are what I call "office diets."
There are literally hundreds of these and some of them
are dangerous. I remember a woman who was on
something called the "Cabbage Diet," years ago. She
damn near flushed her organs out of her body with
that. Not to mention that she would have blown out
a whole wing, if anybody had lit a match.
The thing to remember is that diet alone will not make
you lose weight…and keep it off. Believe or not, the
second part is more important than the first.
Because you don’t want to be on a diet forever.
But you do want to make permanent lifestyle changes.
That means you have to actually DO something. This
is where the rubber meets the road. This is the end of
a big percentage of people’s diets. They get the book…
and it gathers dust.
The best diet is the one with which you are most comfortable
and that includes maintaining your weight, after big losses.
But again, it’s more than diet…it’s lifestyle.
I used to be a big fan of pizza. I ate it three times a
week, always at night and I could polish off an entire
NY pie by myself. I still eat pizza, but it’s (maybe) once a month,
and it’s one or two slices. It still tastes just as good, but I don’t
need a whole pie, mentally or physically.
Choose a diet. Mine would be a good start, but if you’d
rather use "South Beach…" go ahead.
You can never be a success story, unless you get started.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more.
With my best wishes for your optimum health,
816 Turtle River Court
Plant City, FL 33567
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