Thursday, September 29, 2011

10 Diet Tips I Cannot Stick To

Generally speaking, most diet tips offer good advice. Drinking lots of water, filling up on veggies, exercising routinely and watching portion sizes all make sense. But there are a few diet tips that I cannot adhere to, no matter how hard I try.

1. Eat five small meals a day.
It sounds like a good idea, but when I try this, my reality is '5 meals a day' and they're not all that small.

2. Don't eat after 6pm (yeah, right) or (more generously) 8pm.
I will rationalize eight dozen ways that I should feel justified in breaking this rule because I "didn't eat much earlier" and then, by the time I give in and have a little snack, it's closer to 10pm which has got to be worse than if I'd eaten at 8:00.

3. Switch to skim milk.
Yuck. Then I need ice cream because I'm still craving the taste of milk that I didn't get when I downed a glass of white water.

4. Skinless, grilled chicken breasts.
Come on! The skin is the main reason to eat chicken!

5. Vary your exercise routine.
This one confounds me. I love to walk and could walk for an hour without thinking twice. But when I try to change up my routine and do something different -- basketball, kickboxing, bicycling, etc., I last about 10 minutes and call it quits.

6. Exercise with a partner.
You know the saying, "Never let them see you sweat"? That's my motto.

7. Order dressing on the side of your salad.
I know this makes sense and that I eat less dressing when I do this. Until I drop half my salad in the little petri cup of dressing and then end up pouring it on my salad because I've made such a mess.

8. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
It's also the make-it-or-break-it point for dieters. Blow your diet at breakfast and suddenly the whole day is shot to hell.

9. Put your fork down between bites.
This starts to feel like "playing with your food."

10. Only eat when you're hungry.
HA! If I could do this, I wouldn't need to be on a diet!

1 comment:

  1. 1. That sounds like a lot of food!

    2. Um, I almost always have dinner between 6-8 pm.

    3. Milk in general = eh.

    4. I'm a drumstick gal.

    5. Ditto. I think this is wrong anyway. You may not get a TONED body from just walking, but in terms of general health and weight loss, a consistent workout like walking 30-60 min (consecutively, and every day) is perfect.

    6. Exercise with a partner = chat and forget to actually exercise.

    7. Lol. I do this usually just b/c I'm not big on sauces/dressings -- I like natural flavors.

    8. I dunno about MOST important -- I actually think that might be lunch -- but I know I can't live without *something* in my stomach in the mornings.

    9. Hm, hadn't heard this.

    10. Lol! I try to obey this one, along with "stop when you're full."