By Cindy Gerard
Author of Last Man Standing
Who among us doesn’t diet? OK, let me rephrase that. Who among us normal people doesn’t diet? If you’re one of those people who can eat anything they want, whenever they want and not gain so much as an ounce, you can stop reading now. I don’t want to talk to you. Besides, you don’t need to hear this. You should be reading instead of dieting. In fact, you should be reading one of my books!
However, if you’re like me—someone who can’t walk past a bakery without packing on the pounds, I’ve got some great diet tips for you.
Don’t equate dieting to deprivation. You’ll only end up undermining your efforts in the long run. Can’t live without chocolate? Keep a bag of your favorite chocolate goodies in the freezer and give yourself a sweet treat every day.
KISS it: Keep It Simple, Silly. Don’t get caught up in tracking fat and carbs. Eat what you want BUT control your portions. You’ll be surprised what amazing results you ‘ll achieve. Are you going to lose 10 pounds in 10 days? Nope. But over the long haul you WILL lose and you’ll keep it off.
If you feel that you must count something, count calories. Cut your caloric intake and you lose weight. It’s that simple. Just round up or down to the nearest even amount and shoot for less than 1,300 a day. I promise you’ll get results.
Keep a food diary. You’ll be surprised what that little journal tells you about what you eat and possibly why what you eat is causing you problems when you get on the scale.
Get eight hours of sleep a night if possible. Only when you get enough rest and achieve REM sleep each night, can your body produce the hormones necessary to jar your system out of starvation mode.
Drink eight glasses of water a day. Not only is it good for your skin and your internal organs, it helps keep you feeling full.
Eat a well-balanced meal. Love fruit? Eat it. Just don’t overdo. Again, portion control is key.
The dreaded E word. Yes, we need to exercise. If you can only work in 10 minutes a day, then that’s 10 minutes you weren’t doing before. And think about this: “Sitting is the new smoking.” Sitting is just as bad for you as other habits that are in league to undermine our health. Exercise is the true fountain of youth.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you had a bad day. Instead, pat yourself on the back for all the good days you’ve had and climb right back on that horse.
And finally, instead of reaching for those chips when you’re restless, grab a book and get your “feel goods” there. As a matter of fact, (shameless plug alert) grab a copy of my new book Last Man Standing. It’s got eye candy, sweet treats, and pulse pounding thrills guaranteed to accelerate your heart rate—which in turn boosts your metabolism. It’s a win-win, people!