How do you lose weight as a food reviewer? How do you not become anorexic as a person who does so many diet reviews? I hear these questions a lot.
The answer to each of those two questions is simple. I find it’s because I’m both a food reviewer (who sometimes reviews cakes and chips) and a professional dieter who reviews diet plans that I’m able to stay at a healthy weight.
I also have found the idea that yo-yo dieting is bad for your metabolism to be a bit of a myth-at least in my case. My aim is to always keep a healthy body fat percentage and never go above or below the healthy weight range for my height.
Here are some of my tricks for losing weight while being a restaurant critic or a food reviewer and how to avoid becoming anorexic as a professional dieter who reviews diet fads!
No. 1: It only takes a nibble. I don’t literally eat an entire bag of Utz potato chips to decide if I like a particular flavor. I don’t eat more than a bite or two of desserts even the healthy ones such as Amy’s gluten-free chocolate cake. When I was in 4-H as a child, I remember the pie judges at the fairs who would taste only a speck of pie crust.
No. 2: Use the eat this, not that approach. I often dine with someone who will order the unhealthy or fattening meal which I can contrast with my healthier diet-friendly restaurant choice. I’m not really affected by food pushers or friends with poor eating habits.
No. 3: Find the healthier side of every meal: Sometimes I review a new food product that sounds healthy but turns out to be a diet killer. In the case of the Wendy’s Cobb and Baja salads, I figured out how to trim hundreds of calories off the meal to make it work.
No. 4: Some diets aren’t worth trying. As a professional dieter, I’ve had to make choices about which diets are too dangerous to review. I did not try the HCG diet, but had a friend who was willing to engage in a diet bet with me. She was already planning to do the HCG diet when I asked her to keep a record for me. But she experienced health problems by taking HCG and quit early. Also, I never stay on a fad diet for more than five days, hence my “five days on a diet,” motto.
No. 5: Always, always exercise. Prevention magazine points out for best results you need to exercise and diet. In a recent experiment, according to Prevention, one group consumed 25 fewer calories and another group cut calories and exercised. After six months, the exercisers were the ones who improved cholesterol, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. But weight loss was equal. I am currently reviewing the Insanity Workout, which is part of a 60-day commitment!
In addition to “How do you lose weight as a food reviewer?” and “How do you avoid anorexia as a person who reviews so many diets?” people often ask me about what my diet is the “rest of the time.”
I don’t really have a rest of the time. I’m always surprised by the new and interesting diets out there! I’m currently on the Thyroid Type or T-Type “Body Type Diet,” plan by Dr. Abravanel. When I’m not on a fad diet, I generally stick to fruits, vegetables, salads, lean proteins, eggs and whole grains such as Ezekiel products. I never drink diet sodas except Zevia or Hansen’s Blue Sky Free soda with stevia on occasion.
Finally, I’ve taken advantage of times when I’ve gained an extraordinary amount of weight (such as from childbirth) and unusually high stressful periods, to test out various weight loss habits and principles.
Now you know my food critic and professional dieter secrets for staying healthy!
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Source: Prevention Magazine