Taking a Closer Look at Some Diet Tips

Diet tips. I love them. Where would I be without them? Yeap …

Ask yourself: “What is the worst diet  tip I’ve had so far?”
I guess mine came from one of my best friends, a physiotherapist.
“Intensive exercising won’t help you, you’ll get hungry for sure but nothing else. In all my career I haven’t seen anyone to lose weight a.s.o”
It took me quite a while to get over this tip and discover the benefits of  both moderate and intensive exercising. For one, my heart is happy.  My brain works better.
Then, there’s this long term effect. Just have patience. Keep exercising and you’ll build some muscle which will  burn more calories. Slowly you’ll start to see some difference.
Of course, you can’t just exercise and not change your fattening diet.

While all physical activity counts, nothing beats a sport you really enjoy. Like swimming, for example.

What has helped me most:
– a pedometer. I’m not advertising but I do like my fitbit ionic. I don’t have an explanation, it just works, it keeps me moving like a personal trainer.
– swimming
– walking in fresh air, at least half an hour a day, often with my camera.
fitness snacks  (I’m still working on this)

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“Adopt the Dissociated Diet”
. This nasty tip came from a diabetes doctor and actually is a “favorite” of many Romanian doctors and nutritionists. I see it’s still popular on Internet too
Obesity is a disease and a strange one.  It might not hurt you, kill you immediately but for sure, it’ll make your life miserable. I myself don’t know a quick treatment or a diet to “cure” it  once and for all. Until some magic pill will be discovered, the diet you adopt is for life and no diet suits all.  The Dissociated Diet, like any other fad diet, is an unrealistic and unhealthy plan to maintain over the long-term.

Like exercising, the diet you ultimately build yourself requires time, effort and patience.
It helped me a lot to start with a healthy diet like Mediterranean Diet combined with the South Beach Diet and traditional Romanian diet. But I’ve changed some of the rules to suit my lifestyle, my health problems and my body.
For example, I can’t eat daily 4 tbsp of olive oil, like I’m supposed to do in the Mediterranean Diet, Predimed version, it’s way too much. I can’t afford 500 kcal only from the vegetable oil and it seems it’s not good for my joints. I like fish and poultry but I eat also a lot of pork (lean meats mainly), especially in winter. I live in a temperate climate after all, not in a warm Mediterranean country.
I can’t have 25% of calories from protein like I’m supposed to in The South Beach Diet, I simply don’t feel well eating so much protein, either meats or beans.
I eat potatoes, not recommended in the South Beach Diet, but cooked in a way to make them healthy and the results are good.
I had to outlaw the bacon and simplify a lot my rich traditional Romanian recipes.

And so on, it’s an ongoing process. Eat, exercise, control your weight, adjust.
If something works, keep it.


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“Drink water, lot’s of”. This “nice tip” came to me from everywhere, including a smart nutritionist woman working for some huge diet supplements company. She actually recommended me 3.5 l of plain water, besides whatever other liquids I had like tea, coffee, soup a.s.o. I was supposed to have some 5-6 l of water daily, which obviously, it’s closer to water poisoning. Not even funny.

I gave up long time ago counting water glasses. It’s no use, it didn’t help me, added only some more stress.
A nice veggie or meat soup is a perfect way to start lunch, fills you quicker and keeps blood sugar quite low.  I have my morning coffee and some mineral water or herbal tea  when I’m thirsty.
I might drink also a glass of tomato juice, kefir or sugarless lemonade. A beer or a glass of wine now and then. The rest of the necessary liquid comes from veggies and fruits, plenty of.
However, I take care to have a small bottle with mineral water or warm herbal or green  tea with me when it’s very hot outside.

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“Eat 5 meals a day, at the same time of the day. Healthy snacks will help you not to feel hungry.  Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast.”
Most diets nowadays include these tips in their recommendations. Well, I hate eating if I’m not hungry. I hate being hungry.  I’m not always home for a mealtime. I’m not always hungry in the morning a.s.o. What’s to be done?
First of all, from my experience, at least for me it’s of no importance if once in a while I skip a meal or more.
Then, being hungry once in a while it’s not the worst thing. Food tastes better when you’re hungry. Just don’t rush like a wolf, eat slowly, give your brain time to “digest”.

Snacking all day long seems to be quite a bad idea. Your blood sugar will fluctuate all day long and this is a no-no.
I’ve given up the mid-morning snack, it was a nuisance. Besides, there’s no need to see my sugar blood going up and down all morning.
I do have a healthy light after-lunch snack, around 5 o’clock and most of the times, a very light dinner (cup of milk with a cookie for example).
I somehow keep with the old saying: “Eat your breakfast, share your lunch with a friend and give your dinner to your enemy”.

But, once again, it all depends on your lifestyle and preferences.
Just take care of the quality of food (what) and the daily calories (how much).
Take care especially when eating out or when there’s some special event or a barbecue or whatever could make you easily eat more than enough.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Andrea says:

    My personal tip is to eat food which improves digestion.
    Coffee and Corn in the morning works insanely good for me! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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