I would say that I have conquered many aspects of my life. After twenty years of wandering around and figuring things out I have a pretty good grasp on a few things. I know the ins and outs of a classroom, how to write a paper, class participation, and group projects are all things I’ve mastered over the years.
I’ve also mastered a love for running and breaking a sweat. I know the benefits of running around and getting sweaty in an attempt to make my heart stronger and also my mind happier. But, one thing that I have yet to conquer in my life is diet.
I have spent countless years in and out of diets. Some months my eating is seamless and I couldn’t feel better or fitter or trimmer and well, some months I eat everything in sight, junk food or not, and you could say that I feel significantly less happy with my body and how I feel.
Since I have struggled with weight my entire life I have discovered one key thing about myself that explains all my dieting ups and downs; I am a boredom eater.
If I am bored I will snack, because some where in my mind I have convinced myself that eating is fun and also apparently a great way to pass time. Turns out that this isn’t true and that all my boredom eating has cost me is countless dollars on loaves of bread that I tend to devour, because a few slices of toast can’t be that bad anyway, right?
Well I have been in a bit of a diet rut for awhile and I am less than pleased with how I have been feeling and how my body looks. I know where I would like to be with my weight and ideally, I would like to get there this summer.
So I did some research. If you have ever simply googled the word “diets” then you know how overwhelmed I immediately became. There is a diet for everything. I stumbled upon a blood type diet, a raw foods diet, an abs diet, and many more diets that ranged between fascinating and crazy.
Now honestly, I wouldn’t mind a little crazy in my life. Sometimes I think the best way to kickstart a change is to do something wild in an attempt to shock your system. I want to break my old binge, boredom eating habits so I need something to snap me out of it and get me started on a new plan.
After scouring the web I can honestly say that I am tempted to try a few diets. Some of them are so enticing with their claims that even though I know not to trust anything that says I’ll lose five pounds in five days I can’t help but investigate.
The Abs Diet for Women
After reading a lot about this diet all over the web I checked out a review of it on WebMD and decided that maybe it could work. While I don’t think following the plan will actually allow me to lose 12 pounds of belly fat in two weeks I do think that it could help me lose weight.
The concept behind it is that you eat six small meals a day that focus on protein and a list of “power foods.” Two power foods need to be included in every meal and your calorie count should run between 1400-1600 calories daily. This, partnered with strength training will reportedly give me the abs I have been longing for. While I am not expecting a miraculous abs transformation, I can understand how the healthful super foods could promote weight loss, they include; almonds and other nuts eaten with skins intact, beans and other legumes, spinach and other green vegetables, dairy: fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, instant oatmeal, eggs, turkey and other lean meats, lean steak, chicken, fish, peanut butter – all-natural, sugar-free, olive oil, whole-grain breads and cereals, extra- protein powder(Whey), and raspberries and other berries.
The list is pretty long and the foods seem pretty good so I don’t think it is a bad idea. I think people would end up with flatter stomachs and better results if whole grain breads and cereals were tossed from the equation.
For me, right now, I think that this diet seems like the most manageable. It already contains many of the foods I already eat and just simply limits them. I am going to incorporate this diet as part of my lifestyle and report back on what it is like. Now, I won’t be starting today because I work a double shift and only get two breaks which does not add up to enough time for six meals so I will be starting this diet soon.
I will also be talking about other diets that have caught my eye and what I think they say about society and about dieters.