Several people have asked about how I lost the 27 pounds with no exercise (had broken foot, photos June 2 & January 5th) all while saving room for more pie! Numerous studies suggest that probiotics can help people get to a healthy weight naturally (like study where they gave obese people the probiotics from skinny people who in turn started losing weight naturally with no changes to diet or exercise), lose stubborn belly fat around organs, lose 50% more weight... (search the web to find a bunch of studies).
As per my weight loss, I simply said if it isn't good for me and doesn't taste good then I am saving room for more pie! I enjoyed a cup of fat-free probiotics (flavored with regular sugar and vanilla) at the end of breakfast (after having 1 oatmeal packet instead of 2) and before bed (to populate my system while I sleep- it helps the kids sleep better too).
Below is a simple anti-diet that I came up with a while ago that can help all of us get off of the self-torture diet routine. Most important tip is to fast-forward feeling full by drinking a tall glass of water after snack or meal (see below) to instantly satisfy cravings and boost will power.
Have you tried all the fad diets, weight-loss trends, exercise products/programs...? Do you torture yourself every New Year(or every week) with some exotic or expensive diet or exercise program? Why do we keep trying what has not worked over and over again for decades only to find things getting worse and worse after each attempt? Stop repeating what doesn't work (isn't that the definition of insanity?)!
Instead let's try the opposite and see if it works. How would you like to be like a young kid again and eat whatever you like and feel energetic, light, clean, and fun? Young kids eat frequently throughout the day and eat whatever they want. They only eat until they are satisfied with what their body needs and then they stop eating(don't binge or eat emotionally or "clean your plate").
Before anything please remember you are amazing and lovable just the way you are and there would be an un-fillable void if you did not exist. You shouldn’t try and lose weight in an attempt to win affection or praise. You should just try to get healthy independent of others, just to have a longer, happier life with your loved ones. Don't try and be like the photo-chopped lies you see in the media. That is impossible (can you enlarge the size of your eyes or make your legs inches longer?! Well neither can those “models” that look normal before they photo chop them up to impossible-to-achieve looks).
To be healthier and happier, here is the Un-Diet that is based on proven principles. Best of all you still eat what you like and eat way more often. There is no product to buy and no exercise program (no ulterior motive, just your happiness). Just start acting more like a kid and enjoy the benefits. Make a change in your life so you are heading in the right direction and don't worry about how fast. It is more important to be going the right direction (even if just crawling a little some days) than to sprint only to fall down to below where you were before (e.g. “I lost 10 pounds in a week” and gained 15 more back in its place). Try it for just 10 days and see if you don't feel the best you have in years. Stop torturing yourself and start enjoying life.
2.Eat foods you rank as a "10": BE SMART - Would you rather have a cola/soft drink or a piece of pie or two pieces of pie without the crust? Also, why eat junk that you really don't like. For example, why eat the dry, lard-filled pie crust if you really only enjoy the filling. Eat the "10" pie filling and don't eat the "3" crust. Why order a salad with fried chicken, fried tortilla chips, fat/oil filled dressing &/or ... on top if it has more calories than a Big Mac? Why not get a $1 salad and a pie instead (pies are probably better for you than fries anyway and who says you have to have a slimy "hambooger" anyway)? Or get a chicken sandwich meal and trade out the fries for a small side salad... and still come out ahead. If you aren’t big on brownies then why not have something else and save the 5 hours of walking required to burn off a single brownie!
3.Stop eating when no longer a "10": After the first number of bites food doesn't taste as good so why keep eating and waste the calories. Get the benefit of the first number of bites (& rotate flavors with healthy food to enjoy the variety) then STOP EATING! Drink a tall glass of water after a sensible meal or snack to Fast Forward to Full . Save the rest of your favorite foods for later and enjoy several times rather than waste it all in a binge. Try and figure out what your body wants or needs. If you are craving proteins or fats then target the craving rather than eating half a cake because you want a spoonful of fat/frosting. If you are craving chocolate then you don't want to eat a plate full of brownies to get satisfied. If you want salt you don't have to eat a week's worth of calories in a bag of slimy chips or sugar-laden, white-flour, pasty snacks to satisfy the salt craving. Target the craving wisely and give your body time to register (see 10 min rule). Or maybe kill the craving instantly with a small amount of straight oil or sugar or salt to let your body register the fat/sugar/salt and say "enough".
4.Leave 10% on the Plate: Never eat everything on the plate or "Clean the Plate". It is MORE OF A WASTE ON YOUR WAIST THAN IN THE WASTE BIN – just take less next time. Build a habit of consciously leaving food on the plate to overcome bad programming that "good kids eat everything on their plate". Leave the empty calories that don't provide you enjoyment or are not good for you (e.g. filler food, white breads, white pasta, white rice, any food that won't benefit you or extra amounts over what your body needs...). In at a restaurant ask for a to-go container before you start eating and save half the food for your next meal before you start eating. Taste each bite of the food. Are you enjoying the food or just eating to try and satisfy an addiction or fill an emotional void? Be smart with your eating and you can eat whatever you like and still lose weight!
5.10 Minute Rule: It takes time for food to reach your stomach (why you feel so gross if you eat until you feel full and then all that extra food finally hits your stomach and you feel like you are going to explode!). Only get what you feel you should eat on your plate. Slowly eat that and then drink a tall glass of water to push the food to your stomach (Fast Forward to Full) and so you can feel full and kill cravings then move on to another activity. Simply tell yourself you have to wait 10 minutes before eating anything else. After moving on for 10 minutes you can always come back and try again with sensible serving and then wait another 10 minutes before eating more. You will find that this will give your body time to realize you have had enough and to turn off your hunger and then it doesn't take as much will power to say no to seconds, thirds, binge eating... Never eat non-stop until you feel full because by then it will be too late and you will fill gross, bloated, over full... Slow down and enjoy the food and eat smaller bites. Give your stomach and body time to catch up with the food. Gradually become better and better each day. Remind yourself you will be eating again in an hour or two anyway. Remember - Daily progress in the right direction is the key, regardless of how fast you are heading in the right direction (e.g. losing a pound a week for a year is much better than losing 15 pounds in a week and gaining back 20 the subsequent weeks).
6.Eat 10 times a day: Eat a small hand-full of nuts or other protein (stays with you longer and keeps you from feeling hungry) to have at least 10 snacks/meals a day. This boosts your metabolism as you 'Eat More Less' (eat more often and less at each snack/meal). You will become like a kid and always snacking throughout the day. You will have more energy and naturally shed the pounds as your body doesn't have to store up fat for when you starve yourself and then finally binge.
7.10 Glasses of Water: Drink at least 10 glasses of water every day. You need water to survive. In winter you don't realize you are losing even more water with every breath (signs include chapped lips, dry skin, dry throat...). Finish each snack or meal with a tall glass of water because it will also help your stomach feel full faster and flush food through your system. This one thing alone can really make a massive difference.
8.10 Yards: Don't allow snacks or food within 10 yards of where you sit, work, read, watch TV... You can't have food to eat why you are distracted or stressed or you will eat a whole bag or box of food (days worth of calories) without realizing it. Many junk food companies intentionally make the snacks trick your body into not feeling satisfied or full (so you will buy more of their products - calories dissolve in mouth and don't register with your brain). Make yourself get up to get a snack (e.g. handful of peanuts) and then go back to your activity (or inactivity:-). If you want more then make yourself get up again and get another handful of smart, enjoyable snacks (use your laziness to fight against your cravings). I will get up as many as 10 times during a movie to grab a hand full of popcorn or nuts or other snack (remember that nuts and dried fruit are very energy dense so you may want to do 2 cups of popcorn instead of ¼ cup of nuts or 2 cups of grapes rather than ¼ cup of raisons).
9.10 Good Foods: Eat at least
1 serving of
FRUITS/VEGGIES AT EVERY
10.Take 10 Seconds in the Right Direction: The first 10 seconds of anything good is always the hardest. Tell yourself you will just do at least 10 seconds every day in moving the right direction. For example, with exercise just do at least 10 seconds a day of whatever exercise. Read a good book every morning for at least 10 seconds. Work for 10 seconds to get to bed on time (sets up the entire next two days for success - target 10 minutes earlier each day until you reach the smart time - then it is like you can sleep-in every morning). You can do anything for 10 seconds! Just start and do it for 10 seconds and you will change your entire life (and bless the lives of everyone around you too).
Try it for just 10 days. See if you don't feel the best you have in years all while not starving, suffering, wasting money, taking dangerous drugs... Stop torturing yourself! BE SMART and BE HAPPY!