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DAY 15: Through the years Thursday: Hilton Head Metabolism Diet

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I have been at this weight loss-weight gain-weight loss game for a long time now. I think that I will try to reflect on some of the things I have tried and what has stuck on Thursdays. One of the first diet books that I can remember using is the Hilton Head Metabolism Diet by Peter Miller which was published in 1986. I think my mother had purchased the book because it was popular in South Carolina where I grew up. This is a very low calorie diet plan with the goal of stoking your metabolism by eating frequent small meals and then exercising (like walking) soon after eating. I am sure that I lost weight on this diet but I did not keep it off. One of the main things I learned from following this plan was how to make my own cocktail sauce using ketchup and horseradish. Not a great endorsement for the diet but it did give me the idea of making things from "scratch." I grew up in a household of mostly packaged meals so this was a new idea to me at the time. The other recipe from the book that I still eat today is for a spinach salad: baby spinach, cottage cheese (sweetened with artificial sweetener), cut up fruit like strawberries, grapes, apples, and oranges. Hard to believe I have been working on the weight loss for so long!

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    I didn't really start gaining weight until the late 1980's when a certain medication was prescribed. I gained about 20 pounds in a month, and it has crept up ever since. I had watched many people go on "diets" and lose weight which they almost immediately gained back. So I just never tried to do that. The tips I have gained from Spark and a class I took helped me a lot, though. Just need to put those tips back into action!
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    1559 days ago
    I loved that diet. It really worked for me for a while.
    I still use some of the principles to this day. I
    eat less food during the week and more on the
    weekends which keeps my metabolism humming.

    I do eat more food than the author recommended
    and successfully lost more weight. But the
    HH diet is still a big influencer on my eating

    Thanks for this walk down memory lane.

    1559 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2015 12:27:31 PM
    Very interesting! I remember that diet too (but I didn't actually ever follow it!)
    1559 days ago
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