I never really thought of myself as a yo-yo dieter, but a healthy dose of realism forces me to examine the definition a bit more closely. Lose and gain the same seven or eight pounds several times a year? Check. Ears perk up every time a new diet or weight loss gimmick is mentioned on the TV? Sorta. Diet, yes, but my hubby is the sucker for the weight loss gimmicks. (I told him that heavy foil belt to wear around the mid-section would not melt away fat as he slept. I mean, really.) Always wanting to lose ten pounds? That’s my hand in the air again. Never satisfied with the way you look? Weeeell, I think I was satisfied fifteen pounds ago 🙂
Okay, so the definition fits. I also have the usual justifications to go along with it:
“But I don’t eat that much!”
(True, but I also have the dietary habits of a ten-year-old. Why bog down the stomach with fruits and veggies when Cheetos and Skittles are so much more satisfying???)
“But I retain water!”
(Also true. But drinking more water a day might help toward that end. Lord knows swigging endless quantities of Diet Coke daily hasn’t helped.)
(Yep. But I recently did go on medication and for the first time in years the weight is actually coming off. Goodbye last excuse.)
As usual, I needed proper motivation to prepare to take the diet plunge again. We’re going on a family vacation in 9 days. To the beach. That means swimsuits. <Shudder.> And if that wasn’t enough to motivate me, I happened to get caught on video last week when the students’ were putting on their play. Sure, a camera adds ten pounds but there weren’t *that* many cameras on me!
So that was it. I decided last week to go on Dr. Moreno’s 17 Day Diet. It’s the name that caught me. I mean, who couldn’t stay on a diet for 17 days? And it also promises rapid weight loss. I’m the sort who needs immediate results to keep me going. So I ordered the book and started the diet last Saturday.
As for results…I have to admit, I consider diet menus as suggestions rather than strict rules 🙂 So I followed the diet exactly for 24 hours <g> before I started substituting with food from other days and maybe sorta blew the diet on two of the days. BUT…I’ve still lost 5 1/2 pounds in five days so count me as a happy camper so far. The main thing is absolutely no sweets and only certain carbs on the diet. And the menus are varied enough that I can always flip through and find something I like.
The diet is set up in cycles, so the dieter can actually go on it three consecutive times, each for 17 days. New foods get added with each cycle. I’m the sort of picky eater who is just fine selecting my favorite foods from the menus to eat over and over but for those wanting more variety the menus are really set up to provide it.
It’s early yet, (tomorrow is day 7) but color me pleased with the results so far. I have a friend who lost 30 pounds in 51 days on it (but she also followed an aggressive exercise regimen). I’d be satisfied with half that. All I need to do to re-motivate myself is to play that video again!
Have you ever followed the new diet getting all the buzz? Do you lose and then ‘find’ the same pounds over and over again? Or are you a sensible eater who
never has to watch your weight?