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!