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Healthy Weight Loss Solutions

Updated on November 7, 2014
Take the word 'Weight loss Diet' out of your vacabulary. Weight loss equals well balanced foods and snacks every day in recommended amounts.
Take the word 'Weight loss Diet' out of your vacabulary. Weight loss equals well balanced foods and snacks every day in recommended amounts.

Quick Weight Loss Is Not a Permanent, Healthy Solution

Over 200 Fad Diets on the Market

I found many popular trending fad diets, and this only made me more confused. At the time I was looking to lose weight quickly, I found a diet called the ''Baby Food Diet.'' This diet fascinated me because it was taking Hollywood by storm. Many celebrities found success in quick weight loss with this diet. Yes, fascinated, but not to the point of wanting to go on this diet.

On this diet, adults need to consume at least eight jars of baby food per day. Take your meals with you, down them quickly and get on with life. This diet sounded good, but it was not for me. I was a busy mom who worked full-time and had three teenagers to contend. I did not have time to weigh foods, go to meetings, and count calories. This diet only lasts a few days for some who attempt it, because baby food is bland and tasteless.

I also found out that baby food does contain all of the essential nutrients needed every day, for a baby. This diet does not supply the adult with all the vitamins and minerals they require every day to stay healthy.

During this time, my days were extremely busy at work. I was in a management position and had no time to sit down and eat a meal. I was happy to have two Hershey candy bars a day along with a pot of coffee that was always on in my office. I went through at least two pots of coffee per day. I was happy with this so-called diet. Who would not be happy with chocolate and coffee?

I did a lot of walking every day; at least 3-miles within the facility I worked. I did a lot of sitting also and a lot of writing and computer work. The only thing getting somewhat slim was my fingers. My weight ballooned to an all-time high. I do not want to tell anyone how much weight I gained. All I will say is that it was too much weight for my 5'2" petite frame. I needed to exercise.

Stop the Cycle of Fad Diets to Lose Weight

If you research a list of diets, you will see that there are a number of diets listed under each of the alphabets, except the letter X. What do you want to bet that someone, somewhere will come up with an amazing weight loss diet beginning with the letter X.

I listed only one diet under each alphabet of from the list of all the diets on the market today. I did not research each of these diets, but I did pick them out because they sounded interesting or funny.

  • The Aging Diet
  • The Brown Fat Revolution Diet
  • The Calorie Myth Diet
  • The Diet Joke
  • The Eat Like a Hot Chick Diet
  • The French Women Don't Get Fat Diet
  • The Greenlane Diet
  • The Half Assed Diet
  • The Israeli Arm Diet
  • The Jungle Effect Diet
  • The Kind Diet
  • The Love Me Slender Diet
  • The Man Diet
  • The No S Diet
  • The OMG Diet
  • The Paper and Pen, Diet
  • The Quick Weight Loss Diet
  • The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet
  • The Skinny Bitch Diet
  • The Tapeworm Diet
  • The Ultrametabolism Diet
  • The Vitamin D Diet
  • The What Would Jesus Eat Diet
  • ----
  • The, The Big Fat Boyfriend Diet
  • The Zen Anti Diet

What I found was that diets are for anyone else but me. I wanted to lose weight and keep it off. I wanted to do something that would allow me to lose an immense amount of weight slowly and keep it off for the rest of my life. I did not want to see this extra weight ever again. This meant that any diet I went on would have to be a diet for life and I realized that weight-loss diets are not long-term for the rest of one's life. No one can stay on a diet for life, even Hershey candy bars and coffee.

What I found repeatedly was any fad diet helped me reach my weight loss goal, and then the diet went out the window. I was once again enjoying all the fattening foods I could not have in the diet. I was not unlike many other people desiring to lose weight. Soon my weight was back to where it was before I started to diet. No one can stay on a diet for life, except maybe the Weight Watcher's Diet. Unfortunately, I did not have time to devote to the required meetings.

My nursing position puts me in constant contact with dietary consultants. These professional were able to give me tips to use to lose weight the right way. I also took my doctor's advice and ate anything I wanted, but learned to cut the servings dramatically and push myself away from the table. I leave the table sufficiently full and I do not eat until my stomach hurts. It is good to leave the table a bit hungry, but it takes a lot of willpower, or at least another 8-ounces of water.

Long-term Sensible Weight Loss Lifestyle Changes

Have Power Over Your Weight Loss Lifestyle Change

I studied the food pyramid and ate accordingly in the amounts that I found recommended to obtain daily nutritional values. Following the food pyramid is not a difficult thing to do. I also read up on alternative medicine, Holistic practices, herbs, vitamins and minerals.

I cleaned my kitchen of empty calories and everything white such as, table salt, processed flour and refined sugar. I replaced this with whole grains, sea salt (used sparingly) and raw sugar. However, I rarely eat sugar in or on anything. I use a new product called Stevia, a natural sweetener. I also read somewhere that Stevia actually cut appetites.

Through all of my efforts, I could not avoid coffee. I do not drink anything but water so I allowed myself as much coffee as I wanted as long as I used a natural sweetener (Stevia) and no creamer. I still drank 64 ounces of water per day. In case you ever count your coffee as part of your water consumption, do not, as coffee is considered a diuretic and a diuretic removes fluids from the body.

I lost 50-pounds and eight dress sizes by doing the following

* Read labels on foods and avoided anything with refined sugar, fructose and dextrose

* No canned vegetables and fruits due the hidden sugars and sodium found in canned foods

* Use fresh fruits and vegetables

* Eat lean beef twice a week and fill in with chicken, turkey, and fish the rest of the week

* No fast foods

* No fried foods

* Drink 64 ounces of water per day

* Exercise the best way you can without overdoing, at least three times per week

* Find a willing partner who needs help with weight loss and exercise and support each other

Diets are not Permanent

I am not saying that there are not any good diet plans on the market. What I am saying is that diets did not work for me and if I did have success losing weight on a diet I could not wait to get rid of the diet. People wishing to lose weight must be careful of so-called diets, as diets are not a lifestyle change. I ditched any notion of any kind of diet, took it from my vocabulary and went for a plan that I could live with for the rest of my life. This is the only sensible plan I found that worked for me.

Everyone is different and must find a plan that works for them. As a further thought, no weight loss plan is going to be successful unless the person structures an exercise plan individualized for them specifically.

Diet Plans have Exceptions

  • If a person suffers from serious heart problems or heart disease, the doctor will no doubt put that person on a diet, generally a Cardiac Diet and this diet is a for life
  • If a person suffers from diabetes, whether they are on daily insulin or an oral hypoglycemic medication the doctor will put that person on a Diabetic Diet, for life
  • If a person suffers from kidney disease, their doctor will put that person on a Renal Diet for life
  • If a person has Celiac Disease that person needs a Gluten free diet for the rest of their life
  • If a person cannot digest milk sugar found in dairy, the doctor may perscribe a Lactose- free diet

There are certain diets on the market that doctors give to their patients that they have to stay on for the rest of their life due to a disease process. If the person does not follow their diet, their disease process is likely to run rampant. These kinds of diets are not short-term diets and are the exception. These diets offer a lifestyle change out of necessity due to diagnosis and are not considered a Fad Diet.

Once You Lose 10, 20, 30 or More Pounds Do This Exercise.

Carry your weight lost up a flight of steps in the form of bags of groceries or weights. You will find it difficult and tiring. You will understand how the excess weight caused so much fatigue and tired your body. You will understand more clearly, what you were doing to your joints, back and feet. You will wonder how you carried this excess weight on your body for so long.

Reference only

Information is based on my personal weight loss fight and information learned from doctors and dietary consultants through my nursing career. I have no degrees or certificates in nutrition. Before starting any diet, or lifestyle change and exercise plan consult your doctor first.


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    • nurse240 profile image

      Carol Ann Sherwood 3 years ago from Jackson, Mi.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article.


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      Brianna W 3 years ago from East Coast

      Good advice! Fad diets were never for me either. And I have tried ALOT of them. Thanks for the read.