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The No S


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I am using the main principle in the No S "diet" to keep myself on track. It is very straight forward and I look at it as a daily exercise in moderation.

Each weekday there are no:
Snacks
Sweets
Seconds

Except you can look forward to having S's sometimes on S days-
Saturday, Sunday and special days (holidays, sick days)

I have been successful for two days so far. Although I am not following it exactly. If I get really hungry I will eat a piece of fruit and veggies, which he doesn't recommend, but I think is a good way to eat more fibre.

The system is all about concreting healthy habits of moderation and eliminating excess so that treats are treats again and you can bring more balance into your diet without making a judgment call on everything you eat. It doesn't deprive you because on the weekend you can treat yourself, and you are more likely to stick to it because it has no "forbidden" or complicated rules. The best think is there are no guilty pleasures, no "good foods" or "bad foods", just foods.

It works with exercise and it builds a foundation for you to learn about your eating choices and portion control since you know how much you need to eat in order to stay full until your next meal (without overdoing it and feeling sick). After a week of cleaner eating you're less likely to bulk up on the S's since you may notice they have an adverse effect when you overeat them. Besides you spend more time deciding what you would like to have most on the weekend and enjoy it more since you earned it and you doing overindulge in it all the time.

In this way I hope to enjoy food more (not deprive myself completely) and obsess over it less. And lose weight at a moderate pace. Using this diet may mean I will lose weight at a slow pace but I don't mind, since I am more likely to stick to it and maintain my changes over time.
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OOLALA53 10/17/2012 8:33PM

    Your snacks may fade over time, as many have found after awhile. The most important reason cited for not eating even healthy food for snacks is that a person may then eat less lighter food like freggies at meals, reasoning that they had already gotten healthy stuff in, and this will defeat some of the built-in moderation. However, there is nothing to say you can't ease into the habits, and if you find that you still stay honest, so much the better.

I'm adding a thread on what I'm going to report now, but I thought I'd put it here, too, just for added support. A 1991 Gallup poll commissioned by American Health magazine found that weight losers who had lost at least 10% of their weight and kept it off for at least 3 years reported that the two most common strategies used where cutting out snacks and desserts, and cutting down overall. The least-used strategies were commercial weight loss groups, special foods, and diet books. Yay for No S.

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