Ever since I got back from vacation, I've been foundering, diet-wise.
I used up the last of my stash of Nutrisystem and promptly took off the couple of pounds I gained on vacation. But now that the Nutrisystem is gone, I'm back to fending for myself in the kitchen. Not a problem, because the pantry and fridge are full of healthy foods and no junk.
Here's what makes my head spin: I write about diet and weight loss here at Shrinking Sisters and at Examiner.com, so I'm constantly flooded with press releases, DVDs, Web sites, gadgets, gizmos, books and magazine articles about the perfect diet.
You would not believe the number of diet books I have in my home office, not to mention the stacks of workout DVDs. Wanna see?
Everything sounds so promising, so I don't know which one to follow.
So I haven't followed anything.
And I lost 2 more pounds.
What I've done over the years is glean nuggets from these books to help me craft the best way to eat to release weight. What am I doing now?'
A balanced diet, with about half my food coming from carbs, 30 percent fat (healthy monounsaturated) and 20 percent lean protein (primarily non-fat dairy, poultry and wild salmon).
Three meals and a couple of snacks a day, with small amounts of protein, carbs and fat at each meal. In the past if I had a carby meal or snack, that'd just send me on a carb bender the rest of the day.
Not sweating the exercise right now. That Time magazine article on exercise not helping weight loss is to blame. But I don't agree with the article. Exercise is extremely important for overweight people -- it helps lower blood sugar levels, strengthens muscles and bones, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol ... the list goes on. I'm going to get back into the groove but I'm not going to beat myself up about it.
What I'm trying to do ultimately is just eat normally, a topic taken up at PsychCentral.com. Take a minute to read the post; I found it fascinating. I've been dieting since I was 10 years old, so it's going to take a long time to unwrap my head around "bad" and "good" eating. But I believe that I will.