Monday, June 1, 2009

Trying to Diet, Maybe?

I have so many friends that are actively dieting or trying to diet right now that I almost think that I might have to join in. The best diet for me would be one in which I did not eat because it is once I start eating that the problems begin. I have one friend that is doing Weight Watchers, another that is going to try Nutrisystems, and several others who are just using portion control. I had to laugh when someone referred to potion control as eating like you used to eat. I used to eat a lot more than I eat now and I didn't pay much attention to portion control or what I ate either. Then I would go for a five mile run and I never gained weight. There were times, when I was in my twenties, that I could have been called underweight and as a teenager I definitely was underweight. Now I exercise, I am very consistent about this, and it doesn't really seem to make much of a difference. I do eat much less and watch what I eat more closely than I ever have before in my life and doing this and exercise doesn't seem to make a huge difference. I could cut out carbohydrates altogether, that might be the best thing. I am not sure what to replace them with though. So I am still in flux. Maybe I should just get on a diet plan, maybe I should just have more self control, maybe I should work out five times a week instead of three, maybe, maybe, maybe

1 comment:

Loud Larry said...

The Wine Diet
by: Roger Corder

His diet is about eating and drinking smarter, and his food plans include lots of fruits and vegetables and limited saturated fat and sugar. The menus are high on seafood and vegetarian meals, with the occasional chicken dish (and liver!) adding up to 1,400 to 2,000 calories a day without the wine.
The idea is to combine wine drinking with healthy lifestyle and diet changes, so as to reap the benefits seen in regions where people drink a lot of wine. What benefits? According to Corder, “wine drinkers are less likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes and dementia in old age.” Wine seems to prevent certain cancers and is particular beneficial for the heart, preventing hardening of the arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Wine, dark chocolate and fruit, especially apples and cranberries, are emphasized in this diet for their hefty doses of procyanidins. Pomegranates are lauded for other polyphenols that can protect the heart. Tea, cinnamon, walnuts and other berries are also highlighted as beneficial. The diet is based on the Mediterranean Diet, or, more specifically, the diet on the island of Crete.
Corder also advises people to only eat when they are hungry (he only eats breakfast when he feels like it), to snack on fruit and to get some kind of physical activity for an hour a day.
If you follow this diet it seems likely you will lose weight and probably have more fun doing it because you aren’t depriving yourself of the good things in life: wine and chocolate.