How to Spot the Best Diet.

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This book has been compiled of 25 diets that are the best known, and most of them either the author or someone she knows has tried them.

Keep it handy as a reference for when you feel like perhaps a change of diet would work. Sometimes our bodies fall into being too familiar with what we are doing and a jolt or a change does our psychological and physical health some good.

At the same time though, it is good to know which ones are most nutritious, long lasting and can be used for indefinite periods, with the odd tweak to allow for special occasions and treats. We just simply cannot be expected to go through life never allowing ourselves to join in celebrations and special occasions, without feeling left out, deprived and then end up bingeing or depressed or both.

I must admit to a bit of bias on my part, as now that I have done so much research into why diets do not work for various reasons, and experienced personally what does work, then I am afraid that there may be some remarks which may leave you wondering. So I have left some recommended reading material at the end of the book, so that you can do your own research.

This is written as far as I can without bias or prejudice, yet bearing in mind that I have been on most of the diets in this book and over my forty years as a Chronic Dieter, I am speaking from experience and if not my own then the experience of people that I know who have tried them. Particularly from clients in my Weight Management Life Coaching service.

Something you may notice as you read through is that a few of these diets consist of “Real Food” and I have mentioned that they are what I eat. The reason for this is that diets consisting of “Real Food” tend to be similar and they are the best route to go down.

This is a handy reference book for those moments when you are desperate to lose weight, but you want to know the best way to find long lasting results.

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Gimmicks & Fad Diets. Do they work?



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Do they work?

 First let’s take the dictionary meaning of each word.

Gimmick; a trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity or trade.

Fad Diet; (Wikipedia)  The phrases food faddism and fad diet originally referred to idiosyncratic diets and eating patterns that promote short-term weight loss, usually with no concern for long-term weight maintenance. And enjoy temporary popularity.

What experience have you had with any of these?

In the world of weight loss and maintenance both are the same.  Fad diets include; Cabbage soup diet; Acai Berry Diet; Negative Calorie Diet; Apple Cider Vinegar Diet; Hollywood Diet; Beverly Hills diet; and last but ridiculous The Tape Worm Diet!

In my opinion, these are also gimmicky.

In the last few years there have been other diets around that have been accused of being faddy, such as the Low Carb and Paleo Diets.

But hang on a minute; because these two do not fit the criteria above.

There are now millions of people who are managing their weight and are a lot healthier because they are not eating so much Carbohydrate.

The term Low Carb has been misused by its critics, because of all the bad publicity with the Atkins Diet. (This one was called a fad diet in its hay-days but it was a catalyst for many good diets that are now around)

But, Low Carb does not mean No Carb! (See my blog on this subject on my Website http:/

The Paleo diet too cannot fit the criteria of a fad or gimmicky diet. Simply because it points the way to eating real food, and who can argue with that!

So let your criteria be; Does this diet involve real food? How much is it asking me to go against nature?

So the next time you consider how to lose weight, keep it off and is something that you can do for the rest of your life, remember that the diet should consist of mostly real food, not processed or refined false food.

And it is going against nature to expect you to live on mainly cabbage soup, berries, taking pills, and CERTAINLY NOT TAPE WORMS.

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Are You Bored With Your Weight Loss Diet?


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Among the excuses for not attaining a weight loss goal, this question bears looking at a little more closely. 

There are many weight loss diets and your choice needs to come down to eating real food.

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Firstly of course forget about counting calories, or eating low fat, or plain starvation. These three factors are NOT the way to go!

But it is good to also make your choice based on your personal lifestyle, and taste in foods. Especially when making the initial choice in the first instant.

It is also a good idea to incorporate treats occasionally. This last idea would depend on how often “occasionally” is. I am thinking of no more than once or twice a week. And if you have a problem with an addiction to sugar, be wary.

Also think about foods that you particularly like among the real food regimes and incorporate them into your plan.

Once you have a regime established for yourself, you should be well on your way to attaining your goal.

After a while though, many people start to become bored. When they first start they are fired up with a goal in mind, then after a month or so, and often even with successful weight loss, they may start to look for the old foods and habits that they had before.

There are a couple of things to think about when this happens.

Are you bored? OK; are you really bored, or are you just feeling a bit deprived of your old favourite foods?  Perhaps sitting down and getting a craving for something not on your diet.

If you are bored, then why?  Is it because you are not getting enough variety?

Variety? Mmmm’m. Have a think about what you would have been eating before.

  • Did you tend to eat the same thing every day, even if it was what you wanted?
  • Did you have the same breakfast every day?
  • Same things on certain days of the week?
  • Did your grocery trolley always look the same every week?

The point I am making here is that firstly; you do not have to be bored with eating real food!  Use of herbs, spices and imagination can work wonders. Google recipes under the names of Paleo, Harcombe, Gary Taubes, Mark Sissons, et al. and you will find lots of ideas.

Secondly. Remember that even when you are not trying to lose weight you generally tend to eat the same things, so don’t use lack of imagination be your reason for stopping the diet.

Have a good day and don’t let boredom with food take the focus off your goal! – diets 3d cover

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