So it's early
February, and most people are going through the
usual cycle of
guilt, because they didn't keep this year's resolution
exercise, eat right, blah blah blah.
I'll say it
again--doing "die-its" just doesn't work.
work temporarily...maybe, once in a great while,
for a lifetime.
But for the vast
majority of us, the only way to success when it
comes to losing
we ight is to change some of our eating habits
to shop at the same store, make the same meals,
live with the
same family, work at the same job, visit the same
celebrate the same holidays...you get the idea.
I really, really
get annoyed every New Year when "die-it" products
advertised. Cereal. Yogurt. Meal
bars. Snack packs.
"Low-cal." And so on.
Fact is, a lot of
that stuff actually makes you GAIN weight.
Let me explain
cereal. There's a certain cereal that shall remain
there's an entire "die-it" program centered around
Let's compare the nutritional info to my favorite cereal,
Maple and Brown
Sugar Mini-Wheats (which I eat nearly every day).
"X": 20 ingredients (including high-fructose corn syrup),
23g carbs, less
than 1g fiber, 4g sugars
7 ingredients, 44g carbs, 5g fiber, 13g sugar
(sugars include regular sugar and brown sugar)
My cereal is more
natural, with fewer ingredients. It's super-high in
too. So even though the "other" cereal has 9g fewer sugars,
the sugars it
DOES contain are more artificial (and fat-generating).
The high fiber in
my cereal more than offsets the sugar content.
My cereal's main
ingredient is whole wheat. Cereal "X"'s main
Not only that,
the serving sizes being compared are nearly 2-to-1.
information is for 24 biscuits, around 2 cups, if not more.
Cereal "X" is
just 1 cup of cereal; hardly satisfying.
Ah, the staple of "die-it"ers.
A certain brand's
"Light & Fit" blueberry yogurt contains 16g of carbs
sugars. Eleven grams! That's in one regular yogurt
On top of that,
the yogurt contains phenylketonurics, otherwise known
sweeteners. It's the stuff that Diet Coke is made
not good for
you. (Just google it.)
The major benefit
of yogurt is the acidophilus active cultures, known
to reduce a yeast
environment in the human digestive system and
health. But do you need yogurt to get it? Nope.
You can buy
acidophilus at nearly any drugstore. It even comes in
kids. Skip the sugar and chemicals, take acidophilus
multivitamins, and get your calcium from broccoli or skim
Just plain like
yogurt? Then it eat it full-on...skip the fake
Consider it a
They're made with yogurt, so guess what happens? Eat
one every day and
you'll gain weight. That's exactly what happened
to me (see my
And you want to
know what's really crazy? Low-carb diet advocates
tell people to
stay away from veggies like peas and corn, because
they're "high in
carbs". Well, I just checked the package of peas in
freezer. It has 5g of carbs, with 2g of fiber (per
also 2g of sugar
in the same serving. What does that mean? I
would say the
fiber is at the very least canceling out the sugar. And 5g
of carbs isn't
much to sacrifice in order to get the fiber, vitamin and
benefits of green vegetables.
learned? Read food labels! And don't always believe
Now, if you made
a New Year's resolution to lose weight by going
on a "die-it",
STOP. Do something infinitely easier, and infinitely
Learn how to eat
the food you already enjoy and still lose we ight.
Pick up a copy of
"Real People Don't Die t" here:
Keep it real, and see you next time!
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