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The Diet That Works

Updated on June 4, 2010

I recently celebrated my birthday at my sister's house. One thing I did while I was there--I snuck into her bathroom and weighed myself on her bathroom scales to see how they compared with mine .

Uh-oh. According to her scales, I've gained 15 pounds since my last birthday. According to my scales, about 11 pounds.

Yep, it's time to whip out THE DIET THAT WORKS!

It's a very simple thing. I came up with it after trying all kinds of diet pills, Slim Fast, counting calories, fad diets...you name it, I tried it, and nothing worked, or at least not for long. So I read some nutrition books and also investigated the interior state of my mind re: dieting, and made a diet for myself that works. I've used it for the last 25 years, shedding oh, 10 or 15 pounds, by going on this diet for six weeks only every two or three years. It works every time, and it's healthy, and it's easy to follow.

I realize that weight loss from a diet isn't permanent. I also realize that it would be better to just simply stay on this diet, forever, and not put back on any weight. I realize that but I'm human and I like some less-than-healthy foods and I also find that keeping my weight under control by going on this diet for six weeks out of two or three years suits me better.

Here it is:

  • A multivitamin pill every morning with a glass of water
  • I can have as much lean meat, fish, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables as I want. Nothing else. Sorry, no more bread, pies, cakes, cookies, pizza, ring-dings, Doritos, McDonald's...too bad, so sad--do I want to lose weight, or not?
  • Potatoes count as a vegetable and a little butter is ok but no sauces. Spice instead of sauce is the motto for the duration.
  • Walk. I take a walk every day. I have weather gear for any weather. I get outside and get my big muscles working and get some fresh air. That's enough exercise for me. I'm not a big exercise fanatic and will never be.
  • One glass of milk a day; otherwise stay away from dairy products. I limit myself to water and black decaffeinated coffee for beverages for the diet duration.

There we go. It's that simple. Not easy, exactly, but simple. I give myself a week to clear out all the stuff that's NOT on my diet. I'll eat it--I know me. I can't bear to throw out food.

So my diet starts on October 14, 2009, and ends six weeks later, by December 1, 2009, and I will have lost that pesky 15 pounds. I'll give myself the day off my diet for Thanksgiving with my sister (I'm only human, and it gives me something to look forward to), but just one day off never sets me back much. I enjoy it thoroughly then step back up to the diet plate the next morning.

There are a lot of side benefits to this diet. I'll look better, feel better, my clothes will fit better, my skin will be clearer. And my fellow hubbers will benefit, too, from all that fresh air blowing through my brains on my daily walk, before I write my hubs!

It's a commitment, but only for six weeks. If I want a diet to work, I've found, I need a time limit. I need to form a specific commitment to a plan (and this one works like gangbusters for me!) for a specific amount of time.

Sticking with the diet for six weeks is the goal, not the weight loss. It's kind of a head fake, and the weight comes off anyway.

I know this is a much healthier way of managing the menu and I should just stay on it forever and keep the weight off, but I've found, for me at least, it works better to stay on this diet for six weeks, and then go off it. If I find myself putting back on too many pounds over my desired weight, I just go on this diet again for six weeks. It works every time and I don't have to fret in the mean time. So I end up gaining and losing the same 10 or 15 pounds every two or three years--so what? I'm a much happier camper this way.

I like to stay on top of it. I don't like to let the weight gain ride up over 15 pounds above my desired weight. It comes off a lot easier if I don't let it go over that limit.

If there are ladies out there that want to try this but have more than the 10 or 15 pounds to lose, my suggestion is--try it for six weeks. If it works, then go off it for a couple of weeks, then back on for eight weeks, then off it for a couple of weeks, then back on for eight weeks, and so forth, until you've achieved your desired goal. I think you need a little break and some indulgence in the foods you crave after 6 weeks of dieting, and I know this will work for you enough to want to go back on it. And it really isn't bad. You aren't limited as to quantities, and I love fresh fruit, myself.

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    • Paradise7 profile image
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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks!! This really did work for me, for a long, long time. Now, I think I'm not following it closely enough for it to work. I cheat too much. Gotta watch that!

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      Good info, will try it. I'll have to follow you now because your hubs are great!

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      It does take time...we get impatient, we want to see the weight fly off for the sacrifices we're making! It'll be ok, just keep going and you'll see results, I promise.

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Yep,I love this but when you cook for kids all the time, you just want to make do with what you have..I have been on a high fiber fruit and vegie diet now, only allow myself some broiled fish, seem to be doing well though..yet to see results!!

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Bill!

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      bill 6 years ago

      your right on!

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Yep, sure did. I went on it for about three months, lost the twenty pounds. Stayed good for a few months, now I'm over my limit again and have to re-institute it.

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      Traqqer 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      A very sensible diet. We definitely need to lay off the breads, pasta, cakes, cookies, etc. So, did this diet work for you?

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, apricot and eovery, for your comments!

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      eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Sounds like my type of diet, steak and veggies.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      apricot 7 years ago from Italy

      It's amazing what giving up bread and co - I've done bouts of your diet as well - when I've found my trousers getting a bit tight or I realise I'm getting too dependant on pizza. But as you say, you sometimes need the less healthy food - I've got a weakness for cheap cheesy pizza! Ah, it's making me hungry thinking about it!

      Actually, milk is quite a culprit I think. I remember hearing about African brides that get absolute filled full of milk to make them fatter for the wedding - I'm not sure the exact details but it makes me wonder about milk. I adore it though - I'm addicted to my morning cocoa with cinnamon - did you know cinnamon is supposed to help inspiration?! I need some at the mo!

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      apricot 7 years ago from Italy

      It's amazing what giving up bread and co - I've done bouts of your diet as well - when I've found my trousers getting a bit tight or I realise I'm getting too dependant on pizza. But as you say, you sometimes need the less healthy food - I've got a weakness for cheap cheesy pizza! Ah, it's making me hungry thinking about it!

      Actually, milk is quite a culprit I think. I remember hearing about African brides that get absolute filled full of milk to make them fatter for the wedding - I'm not sure the exact details but it makes me wonder about milk. I adore it though - I'm addicted to my morning cocoa with cinnamon - did you know cinnamon is supposed to help inspiration?! I need some at the mo!

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Good luck to you, Duchess. I know you'll do it. You're a trooper!

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tip Paradise, I might look at doing that when I get so BORED with what I am eating. :)

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Duchess, only 15 pounds! 15 pounds is great! And it seemed to happen pretty quick, too. Be encouraged. I still think having a little break, six weeks to eight weeks along, and then another, 2 months later...so you don't feel guilty and give up...that would work for me.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Paradise, this sounds reasonable for the few pounds you are looking to loose.

      Good luck. I myself have a much larger amount to loose, so have had to look at a complete lifestyle change. Only at 15 lbs so far, but all three of the men in my life have benefited from this life change as well. There's no more junk food in the house.

      I like your suggestion to treat yourself. I'll have to think about how to do that when I reach my first goal of 20 lbs.

      Thanks for sharing this, it has been an encouragement

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, beth811. I think that's why this diet works for me. I concentrate on the plan: my success is in following the plan. The weight loss then just happens naturally.

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      beth811 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      Thanks for sharing this, Paradise. Just to add - healthy diet was not about dieting, but learning to change how we think about food.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, snju. I think so.

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      sanju 7 years ago

      the perfect diet .

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you all very much for the comments. I learn something new from every person. Most of you don't look like you need to lose any weight! We're lucky that's a problem for some of us--so much food is available here. Good luck to all, and I know this will work for whomever tries it and wants it to.

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      KyonSOS23 7 years ago from Nabon

      Diet must Exercise too.I heard this playing Game must use feet spin.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      definitely trying this...atleast, it seems doable and something one can stick to in the long run! thanks for sharing..!

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      infoforall 7 years ago

      Very very simple diet plan. Sounds like it just might work. If you eat organic foods your body will defiantly will reward you for it. After all before the fast food industry came along that is all we ate.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      One of the things that I did to lose weight was give up carbs completely and eat only proteins--low sodium cold cuts are great, especially in a salad. But beware doing this because if and when you do take in carbs, you balloon back up again (for reasons I don't remember off the top of my head). Good luck on your regiment and watch those holiday feasting when they arrive!

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      javaid007 7 years ago

      good hub like it

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Hey good hub, I think I will try it. Thanks for sharing. creativeone59

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks. Hope it works for everyone else who tries it as well as it works for me!

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      Matthew 43 7 years ago

      Informative hub good job!

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you both, KCC and Veronica. I wanted to put this out there because I know it works and I tried a lot of things that didn't. I see a lot of diet things online now and it seems like a rip-off. Here's something, for free, that works! I hope it helps people. It seems, though, from the comments--I'm already singing to the choir!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! This is actually a diet similar to the one my toddler (who suffers from ezcema is on). Once we found out that in addition to other triggers, certain foods were causing some of her flareups, she is on an nondiary (she does drink soymilk) nongluten (which cuts out practically all breads unless their gluten free),citrus free, nut free diet. In additon, she takes a multivitamin everyday. Well, since her diet is so restrictive, I thought it was only fair that the rest of the family abides by this diet as well. In two months time, I've lost 20lbs, and have lost three lbs thus far entering into my third month on the diet. I also take a mutlivitamin every morning, and consume soymilk in place of cow's milk. We walk everday as a family, on days we don't get out due to increment weather, I jump on my rebounder for ten to fifteen minutes. We rarely go out to eat, and the only excercise (I'm not a big fan of it either) I get, includes running in the park with my kids, jumping on my rebounder, jump-roping, walking, and strecthing. It really works. And like you said, it has a lot to do with your attitude. I think a lot of people will benefit from this information.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      When you have more pounds to lose than 10-15, it's hard to look at it the way you are, but I can certainaly see the advantages if more people would. If you could simply make a 6 week committment and not worry about how much you lose in that time, most would probably be surprised. Then all you have to do is give yourself a reward, a break and then go back at another 6 weeks. Keep repeating this pattern until all the weight is gone and by the time you repeat this enough times, guess what...it has become a lifestyle without you realizing it! I like it Paradise!

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you both, Laura and Catherine. It worked before so there's no reason it shouldn't work again. The key is stickin' with it, as you also know. I make a little bet with myself and if I win the bet, I get a treat! (A book, of course, what else?)

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      Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      sounds like a good plan. I have just started my own six week diet - on Monday as we have a wedding to go to mid November and I am popping out of my clothes. I have a very realistic target of about 8lbs that I want to lose. My plan is similar to yours - no bread, cakes etc as they are my downfall, lots of salad, veg, fruit and lean protein. I agree - it is doable for a short amount of time and I cannot live like this all the time as I love to cook and eat! Good luck to us both!

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      Laura du Toit 7 years ago from South Africa

      Sounds easy enough. Good luck.

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