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Here we go again!

Posted Monday, February 6, 2012, at 1:07 PM

Grandma has once again encountered the bulging belly syndrome and at this point in my life, I need to make some lifestyle changes that work with someone of my stature and age.

It seems that there are so many fad diets out there that promise quick results that last... last for as long as your body is able to withstand the drugs that you are inducing on a daily basis. I have friends trying many different diet plans; and may I say expensive diets, that require shakes, pills - but little or no exercise. Those pounds and inches will just melt off in a matter of hours, or days if you only follow the miracle program as prescribed. Now really, who thinks that this is healthy and who thinks that this is a lifestyle that can continue in to your later years? Fad diets may help you to lose weight and fat quickly with one or more foods in an unbalanced diet, but the toll that it may take on your body may be harmful. Fad diets may cause abdominal pain, gas and discomfort, along with serious health risks that accompany the shock to your system when you quit eating normally.

Myself, I have chosen to try the Weight Watchers Point System. It seems that there are quite a few of my friends and family members that have indeed used this program to be successful in weight loss and have actually kept the poundage off. The program focuses on portion control and eating healthy things such as plenty of fruits and veggies, poultry and drinking plenty of water. It also tracks your weight, measurements and daily activities.

The points system seems easy to follow and it gives you guidelines that make sense as well. I find myself looking more at what ingredients are found in my favorite foods and which favorite foods I may need to give up. Don't get too excited about cutting out some of your favorites, because there are others that you may not even be aware of that are low in points but quite tasty too. Angel-food cake can be good for you and the calories are low, and who doesn't like angel-food cake with fresh fruit? I have found a favorite cabbage soup recipe that has a 0 point value. Sugar free Werthers candies are alright to add a little sweetness, as well as a few pieces of licorice. I have even gone out to restaurants and ordered a steak. I just didn't order a potato, I stuck with green vegetables and a salad with no more than 2 tablespoons of dressing on top.

Once you go without something, you wonder why you craved it. I'm finding that greasy taste of the fried foods I once coveted no longer appeal. I still sneak a tidbit of a treat now and then; that's alright, no one is going to come out and yell and scream and call you names. Just indulge in moderation, don't go out and gorge! Adding a healthy stroll around the neighborhood doesn't hurt either.

In my first three weeks I've lost three pounds and an inch around the belly. It may not sound like a lot, but it's a lifestyle I can live with to keep the weight off.

Do it the healthy way. You'll be happy you did.

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