The Elimination Weight Loss Diet-Top Ten Things to Remember (Chapter 20)
The Elimination Weight Loss Diet
The Top Ten Things to Remember about the Elimination Weight Loss Diet
1) Losing weight is a marathon, not a sprint. You didn't gain the weight overnight, so don't expect to lose it overnight. Most diets fail because the person dieting expected to lose weight too quickly and when it didn't happen, they gave up.You need motivation, determination and patience. Patience is probably the most difficult of the three.
2) A good diet should not only help you to lose weight, but it should also help you to keep it off. This simply means that it must also help you to change your eating habits so that your caloric intake exactly matches your body's requirements at your ideal (target) weight. The Elimination Weight Loss Diet gradually changes your eating habits while you are losing the weight.
3) It isn't what you eat one day a month, but rather what you eat the other 29 days that determines your weight loss If you slip up one day, either by accident or by choice, simply ignore it and return to your diet the next day. Do not weigh yourself until your next regular weekly weigh in.
4) Weigh yourself only once a week on the same day and at the same time (first thing in the morning) and record and chart your results. Your weight can vary greatly from one day to the next due to water retention. This will keep you from chasing windmills.I devote an entire chapter to this topic.
5) Eliminate snacks, junk food and eating between meals. These are empty calories. If you must snack, make it a planned snack with healthy low calorie food. Many people wonder why they can't lose weight because they only eat 2-3 small meals a day. They forget about all of the high calorie snacks that they also ate.
6) Limit your consumption of alcohol. Calories from alcohol do count and provide little or no nutritional value. In addition, alcohol tends to increase your appetite and to lessen your resolve to keep dieting.
7) Review your progress and make adjustments at least quarterly or if you do not show any weight loss over three consecutive weeks. Remember that as you lose weight your body will require less calories for maintenance. For extended weight loss programs, you may need to make additional reductions in calories several times.
8) Take into consideration any special health needs such as if you are diabetic or on a low cholesterol diet. (See your doctor for guidance.) The "elimination diet" can be modified to meet almost any health needs. I am a diabetic and I still was able to lose 125 pounds using this diet.
9) Remember to add fiber to your diet as you reduce your total daily intake of food. You may need to switch to whole grain products or to add something like an apple to your diet to maintain regularity. I learned this the hard way after several incidenses of severe constipation while dieting.
10) Losing weight and keeping it off is never easy. Instead, it is a constant struggle. Diet plans that promise that you can lose weight with little or no effort should be highly suspect.
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