Let’s face it. There is no one diet regimen that works for everybody. It shouldn’t be any wonder either. We’re all unique down to our metabolisms. What might work for one person, could be a total fail for another. So I’ve listed diet strategies I’ve tried over the years and will rate them on how effective they were in my personal experience.
1. Eat only 2 meals.
Breakfast is a must. And lunch is necessary. But dinner is better skipped for those who can handle it. It gives your digestive system more time to rest. One meal less could mean one inch less on that waistline.
2. Eat frequently.
This sounds like a contradiction to #1. But let me explain. I learned this tip from a friend whose Mom uses this trick. And you’ll just have to take my word for it that it works like a dream on her! When I say eat frequently, I mean eat small frequent meals. Sometimes your energy consumption could have you hungry before lunch time and if you wait it out ’til mealtime, you’re more likely to put a bigger serving on your plate. Eating small frequent meals keeps you from becoming too hungry by your next meal.
3. Avoid junks.
I have never counted calories or carbs a day in my life. I personally hate the hassle. But when I decided to be more conscious of my health and my weight, I made it a personal rule to cut back on whites (rice, bread, etc) and junks. I stopped drinking sodas, artificial juices, and junks in general. Although I do cheat from time to time, it has been easier to keep the weight down and I feel healthier.
Not a weight loss diet–or is it? Ever since I became vegetarian, keeping the weight down is almost effortless. I don’t work out. I don’t starve myself or shun pastries or pasta. I eat 3 full meals a day–or sometimes 2 but the weight has stayed down. I can compare the differences between my vegetarian diet and non-vegetarian diet in terms of weight and general health.
5. Use a small plate.
Using a smaller plate means you limit the capacity for food. And it also tricks your mind into thinking you’ve eaten a full plate. At first, it won’t be easy to trick your stomach, because even though your plate’s food capacity is smaller, your stomach’s isn’t but many have found this little diet trick effective–eventually.
6. Use a smaller spoon.
This is similar to #5. Using a smaller spoon limits how much you put into your mouth.
7. Use chopsticks.
This diet trick employs the same principle found in #s 5 and 6. If you aren’t an experienced chopstick user, this could really slow down your meal and put greater limits on the amount you put into your mouth. Be warned, this can be frustrating.
I have tried these diet tricks and some are more effective than others. The most effective ones for me are vegetarianism and eating only 2 meals a day. Like I said earlier, no one diet regimen works for everybody. We each have to find that one that’s designed to meet our metabolism specifications. Goodluck, dieters.