The successful diet is the diet that takes weight off you safely, includes a daily quota of the foods necessary for health, and re-educates your appetite to a new pattern of eating.
A burst of 7, 9, or 21 days of dieting certainly results in a weight loss, but there’s no time for appetite re-education, and generally at the end of them, dieters are so hungry that they quickly eat back their extra pounds.
Everyone will recall some of the “easy” ways to lose weight: the hard-boiled-egg way, the banana-and-skim-milk way, the hay way, the black-strap-molasses way, the steak-and-prunes way, and they will remember some of their friends who tried them.
Were they successful? Be honest. Did the dieters still have that added health and shapeliness 6 months, a year, 3 years later? Most of them have eaten their way, unnoticed, back to their old fat shape.
Fat is caused by over-eating. The only way to lose it is to eat less. It is hard but rewarding.
You will have better health, look more beautiful, younger, more elegant, and you will lengthen your life. To achieve these rich rewards there is nothing more efficient than the long, slow haul of a low-calorie diet.
Calorie is the word used to describe the energy unit in the food you eat. If the number of calories in your daily diet exceeds the number your system burns up, you put on weight.
A pound of fat on a human body is roughly equal to 3500 calories eaten, but not burned up. This means that to lose a pound of weight you must cut out 3500 calories a week from your diet. This is easy.
Supposing you drink 6 cups of tea or coffee a day and each cup has two teaspoons of sugar in it. If you replace the sugar with a sugar substitute you’ll save 2100 calories a week.
The ideal way to start a calorie diet is to take a week to think about it. In that week, eat as you always do, but put down with on-oath honesty exactly what you eat and drink every day. (That odd glass of lemonade contains 175 calories.)
The figuring in a calorie diet often dismays people or puts them off. But dieters soon develop an eve that can assess the approximate calories in anything at a glance.
Total the number of calories you eat every day and take an average on the week. Reduce that average figure by 500 a day and you will lose a pound of weight a week.
The desirable weight state is one in which you reach your ideal weight in this way (see weight and calorie counter at nhs.uk), then experiment until your calorie intake equals your energy output. If you determine this and eat accordingly, your weight is maintained at the same level.
A low calorie diet is easy and socially acceptable. It can be done silently, subtly, and with the least hardship. One of the secrets of successful dieting is to be quiet about it. Diet talk can be a bore and an obsession. It focuses your mind on food and makes your friends urge you to eat.
If you don’t talk about it your friends don’t make an issue of the food you eat. If you eat at their homes, take smaller helpings or don’t eat the whole serving; if you eat at a restaurant, order from the head, not the stomach.
Exercise is another way to attack the weight problem. It speeds up a diet, makes you a better shape.
But don’t think that exercise equals dieting; it doesn’t If you skip one medium-sized baked potato a day, you save 250 calories. To save the same number in exercise you would have to dance non-stop for an hour, play golf for an hour, or do vigorous housework non-stop for two hours.
Exercise combined with diet is the ideal. Exercise makes you move more gracefully, tones up your system, makes your skin (sagging from weight loss) fit you better, quicker.