Many women feel forced to try to follow that strict, unyielding and frequently unhealthy short-term weightloss regimen that we lovingly know as THE DIET. The words bring regret and loathing to the minds of many women, like some disastrous relationship of the past. They might recall feeling jilted by all the fad diets they have loved and lost when the promise of miraculously stepping out of a pair of plus-size jeans into a bikini and high-heel shoes is replaced with the reality of modest weight loss, rapid regain and a sense of defeat.
The concept of the diet is outdated and redundant. A healthy weight is the byproduct of eating better, eating less of some foods and more of others, making better choices, consistency, and accepting the reality that a short-term solution will not solve a long-term problem. A few of the core concepts for weight loss that I find to be benefi cial and that I use in my own weight-loss program are:
Finding The Good MonsterSM
This relates to the concept of “damage control.” There will always be times when you are forced to eat the best option available, even if it is not a perfect one. If you are hungry and have 10 minutes to get to an appointment, you may have to choose between a slice of pizza, fast food places or not eating at all. Finding The Good MonsterSM means finding what works best for you in any situation and then moving forward while figuring out how to plan better meals and snacks.
Don’t expect a salad to fall out of the sky
Prepare in advance for busy times at work and leisure time at home by making good food choices more accessible and convenient than bad ones. It is just as easy to take the peel off a banana as a wrapper off a candy bar.
Cut back on the "bad" carbohydrates
This includes pasta, bread, rice and potatoes. Replace them with carbohydrates such as vegetables and fruit. Think about replacing food items instead of simply trying to eliminate them.
Think differently about dinner
Expectations of eating a big dinner or snacking before bedtime cause people to eat more at that time of the day simply out of habit, even when they are not hungry.
There are a lot of options for weight loss, but no matter what path you take to reach your goal, knowing how to stay there is the most crucial component to long-term success.
Dr. David Zekser is a primary care physician (Internal Medicine) practicing in the Rio Vista area of Fort Lauderdale. For referral information, please call 954-900-6653.