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Seriously, throw out all your other diet books.
on October 16, 2015
It is impossible to overstate just how miraculous and ground breaking this book is, not because of breakthrough science, or magical food combinations or a new and inspired way to use coconut oil, but because of its simplicity. For the first time in my life, I've read a method of weight loss that makes sense, is safe (physically and psychologically) and more importantly of all, is sustainable.
I think we all know that most diets will work (at weight loss at least, if not achieving health), if you can stick to it FOREVER, and ONLY if its forever. That's the hard part. I KNOW I cant count calories, carbs, points or fat grams forever, because I have tried - and failed. I know I cant only eat bacon and eggs, or fruit and vegetables, or only white foods, or low glycemic index forever, because I've tried and failed at that too. I also know I cant carb cycle, stick to (or even understand diets with phases) or assess the macro's for every bite - forever.
With the No S Diet, you don't have to, and not only that, it confirms for me the suspicion that Ive always had when attempting these diets, that its all just a bit silly. Its incredibly weird to insist 'I'm on a diet' while adding butter and Splenda to your coffee and shunning a banana. If you ignore all the diet gurus who explain all the latest science behind 'butter good, banana bad' and just think about it, we know that's strange, right?!
So, the No S Diet. Its not actually a diet, and that's why it can be done FOREVER. Its just a few simple, simple food rules. No snacks, no sweets and no seconds. You can still have crumbed chicken and mashed potatoes with the family - its just not having a second helping and finishing off the kids leftovers while you load the dishwasher. Its that simple. You also don't have to freak out about how much sugar is in your pasta sauce - no sweets simply means no Obvious Sweets. Nothing you instantly recognize as a sweet treat, so that's no home baking, cookies, ice cream, chocolate etc, easy to identify and no cause for concern. No snacking....That one seems like it might be difficult, but its surprisingly not - and I LOVE to snack. Its astounding how quickly your mind accepts that snacking is not an option once you simply decide that meals are it.
There are possibly two points that people coming off dictatorial diets might struggle with. Firstly, not being told what to eat. It like they fear that left to their own devices they will become malnourished within hours. I think this is a result of all that exposure to 'high science diets'. We become convinced that intricacies of nutrition is a life and death matter on a daily basis. Trust yourself to put enough of the good stuff on your plate to stay alive ;) Secondly, portion control. My first thought was, 'I can fit a lot onto one plate'. But the author is correct - shame really is a great watch dog. If your meal is the same size as your 6ft farmer husband (as mine is), you're gonna feel REALLY embarrassed.
Its just so simple and easily achievable (although I doubt it will be fast, but that's ok when the results are permanent) its astounding. I think in todays dieting culture, we expect a whole bunch of 'science' to surround a weight loss approach - there are even diets that start with a blood test and dole out hormones! Its just not necessary. Its not sustainable, and because of that it DOESNT WORK. We just need to eat less - that's it, and these simple rules are a methodology for achieving, and maintaining forever, just that. That's all it is, and its genius.
(And then there's the weekends, when you can happily get your bake on and have a slice of brownie if you like, guilt free :D )