South Beach that is.
By the time early January rolls around each year I’ve gorged myself for so many previous months that the new clothes I received for Christmas don’t even fit. I cannot resist all the cookies and fudge, nor the bread, potatoes, roast beef, cake, brownies, chocolate — oh, lord, the chocolate.
It would be easy to blame my fat rolls on all the holiday goodies, to set aside personal blame and point to the cookie pushers. “Eat, drink and be merry!” they exclaim.
I can’t blame them or the holidays. No one held a buttery spatula to my head and forced me to make a candy coated fool out of myself.
I’m the classic see-saw dieter. With me, it’s lose weight in the winter but pack on the pounds starting in the late spring — or as I call it, Ice Cream Season.
The season is a long one — months. Many months. Many grams of fat and carbohydrates will cross my eager lips before I start resisting temptation.
I guess a lot of people, who get too fat or yo-yo all the time, are in the same boat. We’re rowing upstream, friends — the heavier we get, the harder it becomes to pull those oars. We know we’re fooling ourselves every time the pasta plate gets passed around and we say to ourselves, “Oh, a third helping won’t hurt.” But we take the bite.
So, I’m hitting the South Beach — a diet plan which includes a little bit of the famous Atkins diet concept of high protein, but mostly is just common sense.
That common sense is key. You don’t shove your face full of bacon three meals a day under the South Beach plan. You consume low fat, low-to-zero carbohydrate foods for about two weeks, then slowly add back in some carbohydrates such as fruits and whole grains. The basic idea is to get your body to stop craving fat and sugar, and to adopt a new eating lifestyle which is manageable and delicious.
I’m not losing weight so I can fit back into my sexy jeans. My heart health depends on it. Diet experts and doctors will all tell you that fast drops and fast gains are dangerous for the cardiovascular system.
How do I, how does anybody, break that yo-yo string?
By making a promise to myself and those who care about me that I will do better, try harder and stick to the plan.
It can be done. I can name five people off the top of my head who have taken on a lot bigger weight and exercise challenges and have kept up the fight — because they made their promise to themselves, worked hard and are still sticking to the plan day in and day out.
They are inspirations, and I need all of it I can get. I think group dieting can be very positive, as long as it doesn’t get competitive. Dear readers, what are your inspirations in changing how we eat and live? I’d like to know about them. Do you have any tips? What’s worked for you, long term? Any good websites?
Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll also post this to facebook, and see what type of responses we can get.
Looking forward to a healthier and wiser 2012.