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Try This for a Diet Tip

April 16th, 2007 at 10:15 am

I have been on diets many times. At one point in my life I lost 45 pounds on the NutriSystem plan; but couldn't do without all the pats on the back when the weight had been lost and so gradually put it back on. I'm fine with diets for the short term but haven't been too great in the long haul. My current plan is to go as natural as possible (primarily vegetables, fruit and whole-grains; little or no meats, dairy or fats).

Some of the most successful dieters swear by writing down everything you eat. Weight Watchers (I tried that too) is big on this. I just couldn't make myself do it. I have been looking at better ways to put some of the more beneficial things in my life on autopilot: For example, I have amounts deducted every paycheck to be put directly into my 401k account and what I call the "house savings" account, which covers real estate taxes, insurance bills, repairs and emergencies. This makes the process of saving work in spite of myself. So why can't I get that to work for a diet?

So here's a tip: I have made a checklist of the good diet stuff that should be done every day. I have added some non-diet things, like decluttering and savings activities, too. Some of these items include:
8 oz water
8 oz water
8 oz water, etc.
1 cup vegetable
1 cup vegetable, etc.
1 pc fruit or cup juice
10 minute walking
Note or letter written & sent
Cleaning/decluttering action
Savings reserved-dollar jar or deposit
Money saved-skipped purchase or asked for discount

There are more items, and the list is growing as I think of new things to add. I figure, I can easily check off the stuff I DO and am more likely to keep up!

5 Responses to “Try This for a Diet Tip”

  1. JanH Says:

    Good idea! They say it is much better to tell people what to do than what not to do. I've heard this with kids, and I bet it works for adults, too. I'm going to try this! Thanks for the idea.

  2. StressLess Says:

    This sounds like a great idea. You've given me some ideas for more things to put in new task-scheduling software I've been playing around with. I put in taking vitamins and such, but didn't think of checking off specific foods.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    This is why the Diet Minder book worked so well for me to lose my 24 plus pounds. I did write everything down, but there was already a place to put it. And boxes to check off for water. I left the book out on the counter by the food. Makes it pretty easy. I also automated some of my meals. Breakfast was always oatmeal, fiber one and some frozen fruit mixed in. I still eat it to this day. Almost all lunches were turkey sandwiches, with mustard, onion, spinach and tomato. Snacks usually a piece of fruit or a fiber one bar. Dinner was the only thing that changed. Best of luck as you automate your weight loss.

  4. homebody Says:

    I eat only when hungry and did best on a low carb diet because I didn't have that terrible hunger. I really need to get back on it. Good luck with your method!

  5. baselle Says:

    Good luck. I do keep a food diary, which is helpful if you aren't too hungry, and if you eat routine meals.

    I've lost a little bit by a good little rule - the "midnight snack" has to be green - a salad or a vegetable. (not mint ice cream) Edamame is great in front of the DVD.

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