Sunday, January 09, 2011
Day Two of the Beck Diet Solutions is choosing a primary and a back up food plan. (She calls it a diet; I call it a food plan.) She says you need "the one you plan to start with and a second diet in case the first one doesn't work out." All diets work the same by getting you to eat fewer calories. Two major types of diets are set plans, where they tell you what to eat, and counting plans in which you stay within a certain number of calories, carbs, or assigned numbers. Some plans are combinations. Interesting, isn't it, that SparkPeople really offers both?
Beck says to choose a diet that is healthy, includes food you like and can easily prepare, flexible, and allows you to budget for indulgences. SparkPeople definitely qualifies on the first three points. Weight Watchers is clearer on how to budget for indulgences.
Choosing two plans was easy for me, because it is what I've been doing for a couple years now. For 2010, using the SparkPeople nutrition counter was my primary food plan and Weight Watchers was my secondary. Since December 1, 2010, the Weight Watchers PointsPlus program is what I've been following. Beck recommends a second diet because if you become discouraged with your first diet, you'll be at risk for abandoning your weight-loss efforts; if you have a fall back, you'll be more likely to switch to it and continue. In December I didn't switch as much because I was discouraged as because I was curious and just wanted to try the new program. However, I was a couple pounds over where I wanted to be and I have almost gotten back down. So going to the new program was energizing to me. I can see where having two plans from the beginning is a good idea. Sometime in 2011 I may try actually following the set SparkPeople meal plans -- there, I have another fall back plan!
On Day Two you are also to read your Advantages Response Card at least twice. I have done it once and will do it again.