We’ve talked about this before with the 8 Hour Diet. That was using an 8 hour window to eat all meals and fasting the other 16. It may even delay Alzheimer’s symptoms. While most people use the 16:8 method of fasting, there are also other ways you can try to do this.
Another intermittent dieting plan is alternate day fasting where you eat 500 calories one day and whatever you want in between. Or maybe the 5:2 plan where you fast for 2 days and eat normally the others. (I think not.)
However you plan to try intermittent dieting, it is considered a healthy way to lose weight.
Eat foods higher in fiber, drink water in between, exercise when you want. Skip breakfast if you want, or make that first meal more of a brunch.
How are you doing with your resolutions? Here are some more things to try for a healthier you:
Stop buying premade junk. That means cake mixes, cookies, canned soups, microwave meals. Make it yourself. Maybe you’ll need to spend time on the weekends preparing for the week. Or getting a pressure cooker to cook quicker or slow cooker to let it cook while you work. This way you know what you are putting in your body.
Eat and shop for local foods. Eat foods when they are in season. Try something new once a week.
Bring your own lunch to work instead of buying out.
Eat meatless meals once or twice a week. Eat more salads.
Make your breakfast ahead of time. Try some overnight oats.
Use Pinterest for recipe ideas.
Mix up your meals. Some people eat the same things day in and day out. Try something new and get out of that humdrum routine.
Keep your pantry stocked with healthy grains, spices, snacks.
So there was a new study done in Australia that concludes that having cheat days can help in weight loss. Now this is not a license to binge or overeat but quite contrary.
What they really are conveying is that it is better to stick to your strict diet for maybe two weeks and then for the next two weeks eat the things you want but keep within the calorie frame for maintaining your weight. For instance, if it’s determined that your maintenance calories are 2,000 per day you can go ahead and sustain that for two weeks and then go back to your 1,200 calorie per day dieting for two weeks.
After a while of dieting your body goes into “starvation” mode (the study called it ER or Energy Restriction) and by doing this, you may trick it into not doing that.
There’s another diet in town. Called Whole30, this diet established by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig, this diet claims to be a short-term nutritional reset. It is designed to end unhealthy cravings and habits, restore metabolism, heal digestive tract, and balance your immune system. This diet suggests you strip sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes from your diet for a full 30 days. This is considered to be a modified paleo diet.
After reading reviews about the diet, we conclude it can be difficult at times to follow. People did say they felt more energy, fell asleep easier, woke up easier. After reintroducing some of the foods after the 30 days, some people didn’t even bother to add some items back because they felt so good. Some even said as they added back cheese, they felt bloated and crampy.
This is intriguing enough that maybe we’ll try it. If we do, we’ll give our first-hand assessment.
Don’t diet. Cornell University did a study of the Mindlessly Slim.
Cornell Food and Brand Lab researchers studied those adults who have successfully maintained a healthy body weight throughout their adult lives by creating a registry where they can sign up and answer questions. They divided the responders into 2 groups: the mindlessly slim who didn’t maintain diets; the other group was those who dieted regularly and thought about food frequently and highly conscious of what they ate.
After comparing responses to the questions they found the mindlessly slim stragies included eating high-quality foods, cook themselves, listen to their bodies’ cues. They didn’t feel as guilty as the other group about overeating. They had a more enjoyment-based approach to food and eating.
Here are some of the responses:
Favorite meat (61%): chicken
7% are vegetarian
33% don’t drink alcohol
35% eat salad at lunch everyday
65% eat vegetables at dinner every day
51% include fruits and vegetables in their breakfast
44% snack on fruit
37% don’t drink soft drinks
48% don’t diet; 74% rarely diet