– The Sequel (to Last Week’s Article)
The Green House
by Margaret Durst: Reducing
– Try This Approach to Summer Dieting!
the sequel. Last
weeks column on losing weight seemed to need a little
more information than I could get in one article.
a harder time with weight loss than men its just not
fair and mid-life hormonal changes make it even less fair.
Part of the
challenge with weight loss, particularly for women is keeping muscle
mass. This requires eating protein and doing some kind of weight
As far as
I am concerned, this is flat out un-natural; however, my middle-aged
body responds very well to this kind of treatment, so I am stuck
with this kind of approach.
I have read
and tried many weight loss theories from my years of personal
research, here are my best tips.
1. To get
any weight loss plan started, there has to be a period of high protein,
low fat and no starchy carbohydrates. This means no bread, pasta,
potatoes, corn, etc. This is necessary to get metabolism jump
started. It takes about 4-7 days.
2. If after
4 days, you have lots of energy, feel good, but just slightly hungry,
keep on. Keep raw veggies on hand to snack on. Boiled eggs are good
too and an occasional piece of string cheese. However, if after
4 days, you are running out of energy and are really,
you need good carbohydrates. Portion size for the carbohydrate is
20 grams or less this is about 1 slice of Ezekial bread or
1/3 cup of oatmeal. Eat no more than 2 portions per day.
3. A clue
that you need carbohydrates as part of your diet regimen is that
your weight loss continues when you add them. If your weight loss
stops, then go back to protein and non-starchy vegetables.
4. Most diets
just keep a 1-2 week phase of no starches just to get weight loss
results. They also have a phase 2 that is limited starches with
just certain ones being acceptable. I am excited about a new plan
I and reading the 17 Day Diet. This one has a unique phase
2 in that it alternates days of no carb and days of limited carbs.
This might work stay tuned.
5. Stay alkaline.
Fat is very acid and as you burn fat, your body gets acid. You can
measure this with pH tape (urine test), but the best sign is that
your urine burns or seems hot. Another sign that acid pH has gone
on too long is that your hair starts falling out.
help with alkalinity are lots of vegetables, club soda and coral
6. Fat burning
foods help keep metabolism high. These are grapefruit, lemon and
lime juice, unsweetened cranberry juice, green tea and celery. One
of my favorite diet plans requires drinking unsweetened cranberry
juice 5 times per day because it also helps cleans out the lymphatic
system and cellulite.
7. I like
having lots of drinks during the day plain water is the best,
but I love no calorie drinks made with flavored stevia because they
help add variety. The English toffee is good in just about anything
it makes club soda taste like cream soda. The berry flavored
stevia is also very good in lots of things. It makes berry limeade
and it makes unsweetened cranberry juice taste great. There are
several popular flavors.
The main trick
with dieting is finding what works for you and staying motivated.
I hope these tips help you.
July 13, 2011
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2011 Margaret
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