Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Yesterday at work, one of my co-workers started on a diet called the "Sacred Heart Diet" She raved about how well it worked and how full she was and how "you will lose 10-17 pounds in 7 days." I KNOW better than this, but what do I do? Three of us decided we'd try it for the one week. What could it hurt? I agreed to make the soup that is the mainstay of the diet and one girl was going to go buy the fruit and another the veggies. Today was to be all the soup you could eat plus all the fruit you could eat. Tomorrow, the soup and veggies only, except you could have a large baked potato at dinner. Then a large amount of beef the next couple of days and a day of nothing but bananas and skim milk!
I actually went home and made a HUGE pot of the soup. Then my senses returned and I realized this is nothing but an old fad diet with a newer name than I knew it by. Yes, you may well lose a large amount of water weight in that 7 days, but it would all come back as soon as we started eating normally again.
I can't believe for a short time I actually contemplated following it! For what, to be hungry and live on soup and fruit for a week, only to gain every bit of that false loss back the next??
I know how to lose weight, by eating well and exercising. There are no quick fixes. I've done remarkably well, losing almost 50 pounds from April to October last year...by eating good, healthy food! I can't believe part of me was ready to start this diet today. I reverted right back to my old ways....looking for quick fixes and magic formulas to shed the pounds...when I KNOW it's a lifestyle change and there are no magical powers to do it otherwise. I think it was the fact that I have gained some of that almost 50 back. I've had a rough couple of months. BUT, I've come too far to go back and am going to march ahead and reach my goal in 2010....the right way :-)
I still have a huge pot of soup...fortunately it is full of healthy veggies and I used no salt added tomatoes and fat free, low sodium broth. Now it will just be there as a snack if I'm hungry...not as the mainstay of my next week of meals.
Old habits do die hard.....but at least I caught myself!