Dieting Questions & Answers

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D-I-E-T Questions, Suggestions, Do's & Do Not's

Some common weight maintenance questions answered, as well as suggestions, do's and do not's.  

Let's have some FUN with the word D-I-E-T!!

#1 - Discourage Inviting Evening Temptation

If you pack in the goodies at night, you can expect to pack on the pounds come daylight.  There's just not enough time to burn off those 'Johnny-Come-Lately' calories before retiring for the evening.  

Besides, you don't want anything resting inside of your tummy all night - a situation that could actually keep YOU from resting soundly all night.

#2 - Do I Eat This?

Once the successful dieter has reached their weight goal, this becomes perhaps the most confusing question. Plan NOW to take a bit of time to adjust to your NEW diet.  

You know by now that if you don't begin 'upping' the calories, you'll continue to drop weight. The game has suddenly changed from weight loss to weight stabilization. GRADUALLY, increase your calorie intake.  You'll soon realize just how much your body needs to operate on a daily basis. And when in doubt, pass that goody up!

Diet Tip #3 - Diets Ignore Essential Therapy

Whenever I crawl on the web these days and make my way to the weight loss sites, I'm sometimes amazed at how harsh the issue of weight loss is approached. Geeze, it's not safe outside the gates of Diet Bites these days.

During my short visits I picture a violent, torturous weight loss journey that some folks have laid out for their readers. Getting Diet Laid just doesn't have to be that way!

Losing weight and getting fit can be an extremely FUN journey!  And you certainly should NEVER punish yourself OR deprive yourself because you've gained a little weight OR even a lot of weight.

As for the successful dieter, they need pampering NOW more than ever.  We'll call that 'Essential Therapy' to chase away stress.  The stress of maintaining your weight is something you don't need.  

What can happen, is that you become so fearful and terrified of gaining back your weight that you'll become overwhelmed AND more stressed.  And many times, stress triggers overeating.

SO RELAX!  Grab a book, take a bubble bath, get out that massager and massage those tired aching muscles that you've probably overworked via exercise.  As a note, be certain to get out the massager AFTER the bathy-poo.

Diet Tip #4 - Daily Individual Educational Time

Until you adjust to the Weight Maintenance Scene, take time to learn all that you can about fitness and health. Even though a person maintains their new shape, it isn't always the fittest shape.

Take time to learn about vitamins, nutrients, fats, fiber, sodium, as well as vital health facts that influence all of us at some point in our lives.

Also take time to learn about exercises that can assist in reshaping and toning the body. After the excess weight is gone the post dieter is often left with excess skin. Depending upon the elasticity of the skin and how much weight was lost, each dieter's situation differs.

Diet Tip #5 - Daily Individual Exercise Time

Typically in older dieters over forty-plus the skin isn't as elastic as it was in its younger years.

For example, let's assume that Dieter Delta is 50 years old and was 100 pounds overweight. She lost all of those excess pounds.

Rigorous Exercise & Dieting

She also embraced a rigorous exercise routine into her daily weight loss plan in an effort to build muscle and to tighten excess skin.

However, after she reaches her goal weight she is left with an overhang of excess skin that all of the exercising in the world isn't going to get rid of. In this situation, Dieter Delta will require surgery to remove the excess skin.

If Delta had been of male gender, because males are naturally designed with more muscle mass than females, it is highly likely that the amount of skin overhang would have been much less.

On the other hand, let's say that Dieter Delta's daughter Dawn is 50 pounds overweight.

Dawn's Diet Plan

Dawn is also 21 years old. She goes on a weight loss plan and as her mom did, she too embraces a vigorous exercise routine to help tone and tighten her body throughout the weight loss process.

The extra activity also helped to burn more calories and assisted in Dawn losing weight quicker than if she hadn't incorporated exercise into her daily weight loss plan.

After the weight loss, Dawn's abs are in beautiful shape - toned and luscious. Her younger age and more youthful body allowed Dawn to lose all the extra weight and 'pop' back into shape - of course, with effort.

Exercising to Enhance Muscles, Tone Body

Exercise also increasing muscle mass, and muscle can assist in adding padding to the body so that skin molds in an attractive way - much opposite of the way the body molds around excess, lumpy fat.

The above weight loss comparisons aren't to say that everyone over the age of 40 will require skin removal surgery if they lose a lot of weight. Take the stars who showcase diets in the media. Some of the older stars tout their new shapely body, claiming that no after-weight loss surgery was performed.

In Summary

Exercise brings many benefits!  Exercise relieves stress, helps keep you focused, aids in muscle toning, and oh yes - burns up calories. Inject yourself with effective exercise to strengthen muscles - particularly your heart and lung power.  A brisk walk for 10 to 20 minutes will accomplish so much physically. And as long as you don't overdo, you'll feel better for moving, too.  

Before heading out for the first time, you may want to consider taking a vitamin C tablet - or eat an orange. Studies on vitamin C indicate that it may ward off soreness if taken before a strenuous event.

Diet Tip #6 - Demonstrate Interesting Eating Tactics

Keep the food faire interesting!  There's nothing quite like a bland diet to give your taste buds a very bad case of 'Creme Filling Wanderlust'.  Strive to satisfy all the tastes your tongue craves: sweet, sour, salty, bitter AND go a step further!  

Try to incorporate foods that contain a variety of textures, as well as taste.

If you feed yourself low fat cottage cheese and yogurt on a continuing basis, your jaws will long to be exercised on chewy bagels, crunchy veggies, and zesty hot wings - all of which can and should fit into a healthy diet.  

Try mixing cooked foods with raw foods, such as fresh baby carrots and a healthy carrot pudding.  Sampling these tastes and textures will help you identify with your body's needs, and its wants.

Keep in mind that variety is the spice of life, but too much spice can require a fire hose to extinguish - so burn up your diet, rather enhance it!  Who says that enhancements are bad?

Diet Tip #7 - Diligently Identify Evil Temptation

You know yourself better than anyone else!  Begin to take a deeper look into what makes your tummy, your tongue, and your brain tick when it comes to eating.  Identify goody items that pose a threat to your Willpower. Devise a plan to avoid these evil temptations OR an escape route should the need arise.

In fact, these goodies may now pose a bigger threat now than when you were losing weight.  

There is an inner sense of peace and triumph over your weight loss success, therefore it is normal to have an intense urge to celebrate. Generally, that transcribes into the successful dieter enjoying all the things they did without during their Diet Journey.  

So beware and know the dangers.

#8 - Does It Ever Top? (well, it was either Top or Terminate)

Dieting is a lifelong journey. That's why it is vital that you make it fun, interesting, and implement activities/foods/recipes that you will stick with throughout your life.

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