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What Is Different About the Elimination Weight Loss Diet?

Updated on December 7, 2012
The Elimination Weight Loss Diet
The Elimination Weight Loss Diet


The Elimination Weight Loss Diet - Chapter 2


What Is Different About the "Elimination Weight Loss Diet"?


The "Elimination Weight Loss Diet" is different for the following reasons:

1. It doesn’t require you to eat any special foods.

You continue to eat most of the foods that you have always eaten. All you have to do is eliminate about 500 calories per day and you get to pick which foods you want to eliminate. Since you continue to eat the foods that you like, you will not tire of dieting as quickly and you are much more likely to stick with your diet..


2. You can continue to eat the foods that you like.

I happen to like a substantial breakfast with bacon and eggs. I simply eliminated one egg and one strip of bacon and continued to have a satisfying but slightly smaller breakfast. I have always enjoyed red wine with my dinner I just limited the amount of wine that I drink to one glass a day.

I continue to eat pretty much the same foods that I have always eaten only slightly smaller portions. Occasionally, I get a craving for ice cream or some other snack food. I simply satisfy my craving in place of dinner and return to my normal eating pattern the next day. I eat pasta, potatoes or rice almost every day only smaller portions.


3- You don’t count calories or weigh and measure your food.

Once you establish the 500 calories that you want to eliminate, you stop counting calories. You can eyeball your food portions and if you are not losing weight as fast as you should, you simply reduce your portion size a little until you do. The idea is to change your eating habits and spend as little time as possible thinking about food.


4. You don’t have to purchase special prepared meals.

You continue to prepare your own meals pretty much as you have always done. The "Elimination Weight Loss Diet" is built around your normal eating patterns so that after you have reached your goal, you don’t have to change anything.


5. Exercise is encouraged but it is not required.

If you include light exercise while you are dieting you will lose weight faster, you will feel better and you will tighten up your muscles which will make you look thinner. However, even if you do no exercise at all, you will still lose weight at about one pound per week if you eliminate 500 calories per day from your food consumption.


6. The emphasis of this diet is on long term behavior modification and not on short term weight loss.

Each time that you eliminate 500 calories from your diet you will have a period of time in which you can adjust to eating less. At first you will be hungry, but eventually your stomach will shrink and you will get used to eating less. When your weight loss starts to slow down, you can assess whether or not you want to eliminate an additional 500 calories. If you are fairly close to your goal, you may simply decide to trim your portion sizes a little.

All of this will be occurring while you are losing about a pound a week and while you are gradually adjusting to eating less. Once you reach your target weight, you don’t have to change anything. You simply continue doing what you are doing and the weight will stay of permanently.


7. This diet can be adapted to any special dietary needs.

If you are diabetic, you simply reduce sugars and starches. As your weight gradually declines, you can reduce your insulin or medications to match your new food intake Which foods you eliminate are entirely up to you You should consult with your doctor or a dietician to help you make wise choices. Many people who experience significant weight losses also find that it is easier to control their diabetes.


If you are on a low cholesterol diet, you can eliminate egg yolks and saturated fats from your diet. Simply eating smaller portions will reduce the amount of cholesterol that you consume. Again you should consult with your doctor for help in making smart choices.


Similarly, the "Elimination Weight Loss Diet" can be adapted to any other special dietary requirements because it is based entirely on what you are already eating. You are the one who decides which foods to eliminate and which ones to keep.


Chapter 3 - Why Does the Elimination Weight Loss Diet Work?

To return to the Chapter Index, visit

Introduction to the Elimination Weight Loss Diet - How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off.


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      Jodecy 3 years ago

      That's an ineugions way of thinking about it.

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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      I lost approximately 125 lbs. over a three year period by simply eliminating 500 calories a day until the weight loss slowed down and then repeating the process until I reached my goal.

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      Auntie D 6 years ago from California

      This is very similar to the way I've lost weight and maintained it. I still eat chocolate and ice cream but I've reduced the amounts. I only eat meat, fish or poultry a few times a week and do the same with rice, potatoes or pasta and of course by sticking with this I have greatly reduced the calories... and feel a lot better!

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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      Thank you. I plan to write additional hubs which expain in more details how this diet actually works.

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      kathryn1000 6 years ago from London

      This seems very sensible and makes me hope I can lose weight.Thank you.

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      I really like the thinking here, that's the sort of diet that would be easy to follow, if fact I wouldn't even call it a diet so much, as just cutting back on my existing intake. Nice job and thanks for sharing. Rated Up and Useful!