Almost six years ago my weight was on a constant upward cycle. I would gain a few pounds and tell myself I would draw the line and gain no more. Then a few more pounds would appear, I might try to lose them; watching everything I ate and counting every calorie, and maybe would lose a few pounds before I went back to my old ways. I reached a point where practically none of my clothes fit and I would constantly scold or indulge myself. In the fall of 2004, I read about a diet in the newspaper – unfortunately, the name escapes me and I couldn’t find it on the internet, but here are the rules.
Eat three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t skip a meal and don’t add a snack as no snacking is allowed. Breakfast is predominantly made of carbohydrates. Lunch is a meal; meat and or cheese, fruits and or vegetables, and portions from the bread group (noodles, rice, or bread, etc). Dinner is a small meal; a small salad, or a small meat or cheese portion with a small vegetable or fruit portion, and no food from the bread group. The basic philosophy is that you burn or store carbohydrates immediately. Because most people are less active after dinner than earlier in their day meals are to be kept small with an eye to avoiding carbohydrates.
When I thought about this diet, I realized I could have pancakes for breakfast; and soup, salad, a main course and dessert for lunch with a lite dinner and not have cheated. I could probably gain even more weight on this plan. I know if I tried this plan I would have to exercise some control over my caloric intake. I decided to give it a shot. That lasted two weeks; I lost six pounds, hit a plateau, got discouraged, had a death in the family, and gained back seven.
On Monday, January 3, 2005 I stood on the scale and thought I had to either lose weight, or get larger clothes and stop dwelling on this topic. I thought about last fall’s diet and how I had I thought it might work. I decided to give it another try. I lost six pounds, got discouraged, and almost gave up. I decided I this diet needed a fair trial and hung in there. It was slow going. I discovered my ability to plan meals in rational sizes vanished if I ate a snack. It’s not that I didn’t understand these were also calories or that they counted, I just sort of let that stuff go and ate. I discovered eating was my way of coping with stress and needed other releases, which I found.
By August 2006, I had lost 44 pounds. I’m not skinny, but I am in the normal range according Body Mass Index or BMI and for four years I have kept if off. This is the first diet that worked after about 25 years of searching for a weight control solution. I think it works because I can eat anything I want at the right time of day and in reasonable portions. Previously, the first time I would cheat and eat a forbidden food, I was wracked with guilt, the second time -no problem. Dinners in a restaurant aren’t always easy but I can find something with a little effort and it is worth it!