As an ode to "diets-past", I thought I would share some of my favorite "nutritional nuggets" with you:
- a banana is not one fruit, it is 2. So when tracking your limited fruits for the day, make sure to mark that down as 2 if you "accidentally" eat the whole thing. Who eats 1/2 of a banana beyond the age of 4?
- Triscuits (reduced fat) count as a starch. How many can you have as one starch serving, you ask? Three. Seriously. I believe the quote from my friend, who was also on this diet with me, was "I would have had 3 gone before I even thought to see what a serving size was!"
- When trying to save up your "points" for a night of heavy drinking out on the town, it is not a good idea to only eat carrot sticks (zero points). They absorb next to no alcohol, and you may fall on your face at the Wild Onion. Maybe.
- Squeezing lemon into your water will help alleviate puffiness, according to one diet source
- when eating "volumetrically" cucumbers are your best bet. They contain a lot of water.
- Pretzels have almost no nutritional value, and are basically just a conveyor of salt. Avoid them.
During attempts at the various "diets" on the market, I received a number of helpful hints, both solicited and unsolicited. Shout out to the people who believe it is beneficial to tell fat people to just exercise more and eat less. Apparently, according to these people, there is a direct link between obesity and a complete lack of common sense. If it were as simple as that, everyone would be fit. If it were as easy as "don't have more than one drink a day", no one would be an alcoholic. If it was as simple as "just don't buy cigarettes", no one would smoke. Does anyone ever walk up to someone suffering from bulimia or anorexia and tell them they could solve all of their problems by just exercising more and eating less? An eating disorder is an eating disorder is an eating disorder - and I believe obesity is one. I cannot understand what it is within people that makes them think that just because I am overweight I want to hear their opinions about it?
So I am promising this: I am banishing the word "Diet" from my dictionary, and I promise to never comment on someone's life as it pertains to weight, unless I am asked. I will share what I find to be useful to me, and hope that it can help someone else. (I would appreciate the same from you guys) Hey...I might be on the way to designing my own "Weight Loss System"?!?! I'm kidding. That would be too ridiculous.
Please share a nutritional nugget with us!!