Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Dieting Tip To Keep The Weight Off

When my father was told he needed to lose 28lb in two months, it was a real challenge. He did it and when anyone asked for his dieting tip, he said it was very simple. He had one dieting tip and this was it, all the food and drink you really like, don't eat, all the food and drink you don't really like, that is what you eat.

Mind you, he loved all the wrong foods for himself or for most people that is. Unfortunately, food cooked in rendered fat has a flavor that cannot be replaced. If you have never had food cooked in fat then you won't know this flavor, you are one of the fortunate ones. For the foods that used to be cooked in fat, like roast dinners, fried foods etc, these were replaced with grills and roasts on racks, this way the fat drained away and no extra fat needed to be added. i was so young when my Dad needed to lose the weight, that my body cannot tolerate foods cooked in fat of any kind.

Adding salt to food will enahnce the flavor also and salt is considered not good for you either. We do need salt in our diet, but not to excess. Another dieting tips of my Dad's was, don't overdo the salt. If you have some added to the food while it is cooking, then don't add salt to the food before you eat it. So his salt dieting tip was, choose which is the better for you, either while your food is cooking or after but not both, whichever you can get used to, which way is the best for your body.

Another dieting tip from my Dad was to stay away from the puddings. Today what, when he was young, were considered desserts, were rich puddings and pastries. Full cream milk, fresh cream, wonderful pastries and tarts were served with most main meals of the day. Ice cream was homemade and made with real cream. He was brought up on that type of cooking and foods, so it was hard for him to change his eating habits.

Yes, that's right, it is our eating habits we need to change. That was really my Dad's big dieting tip. Change your eating habits and you will never have to diet again. Dieting is not just cutting out the fat and salt from your diet. Many of the low fat and low salt foods that are available today have been compensated in the flavor department by the addition of carbohydrates and sugars. This can be as bad for you as the fat that has been taken out.

There are many diets around, all promising you will lose weight. Many of them you will lose the weight promised but unless you have gained good eating habits using the diet, then the weight will not stay off.

Another excellent dieting tip from my Dad was, see your physician first. Be guided by his advice as to what your healthy weight should be. He will be able to provide you with a calorie chart and how many calories you need to eat each day to lose the weight in a timely and safe manner. you will also find that dieting this way, you will not be hungry and there will be foods that you never would have tried and found you enjoyed eating without dieting.

Eat as little processed foods as you can. Fresh is best, fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh meats, fish and poultry. Always trim the fat from the meat before you cook it, the same with poultry. Check the carbohydrate content on the labels of everything you buy. Use the low-fat butters, milks and creams if you have a sweet tooth and like desserts.

Above all, get into a healthy eating habit, eat your three meals each day, maybe cut down on the quantity and keep in mind the no-fat, low-fat, check carbs foods rules. If you can eat your main meal in the middle of the day, then that is the best time as your body will burn off any excess during the afternoon activities. You can have your morning and afternoon tea and supper if you wish, just make sure you are sensible about what you eat then.

Well, my Dad's dieting tip became a few dieting tips. He did lose the 28lbs in the two months and through sensible eating, kept it off and felt so much better and I know we had the pleasure of his company for many more years than the medical experts predicted.