Sunday, October 03, 2010
My dieting partner & I have often discussed the allure of the diet plans included in the grocery store checkstand magazines. These publications always include: a new diet plan which will help you quickly lose enough weight to make a new person or at least 10-20 lbs by the next holiday, quizzes to help you figure out all of the new medical conditions you could be suffering from but not know about, & pages of recipes including decadent desserts (which are usually pictured on the cover right above the diet plan). There is always the idea in the back of my head that one of these diets will melt the fat from my body while making dinner, organizing my house, creating lovely handcrafted decorations for the soonest holiday or season, & writing up the latest hilarious antics of my child. Even when you find one that seems to work, you have to keep looking. One of them will have the magical ability to not only fix my weight but also everything about my life that is not where it should be.
I found the diet I started with at the beginning of the summer in one of these magazines. Eating 3 serving of fruit, 3 servings of vegetables, 3 serving of lean protein & 2 servings of whole grains a day while keeping your calories at 1100-1500 calories is a sensible plan. I still feel that it is a good diet but.... I need a change. These mag diets give you a chance to check out the newest diet plans but in a greatly abbreviated form (Cliff's Notes for diets?). The article will include the bare bones of the diet but without the authors philosophy on life, dieting, & why their plan is the best out there. I have to admit that with diet books I tend to skim the author's "blahblahblah" & go straight to the actual diet/ meal plan.
My latest plan from the checkstand is the carb timing diet. You are suppose to eat all of your grainy carbs and at least 600 calories before noon. After noon you are allowed unlimited fruits, vegetables & lean protein. There are other details to the diet, but that is the main idea. Implementing the plan was harder than I thought. I have gotten not very good about eating decent breakfast because food doesn't sound appealing first thing in the morning. The plan is supposed to change that as well as help with late afternoon energy slumps & evening cravings....We'll see.
Of course I am still trying to get in cardio and strength training no less than 3 times a week. I also try to get at least a 10-15 min walk in everyday as well. If all else fails I can use the stacks of magazines I've acquired at weights in my strength training!