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  • BOOK“The difference between the right word and a similar word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

    —Mark Twain,

    American author and Humorist

    The difference between following a diet that will help you lose weight once and for all — and following the same old, same old fruitless diet dogma that’s been around for ages and hasn’t ever really worked for you or anyone else like you — is the difference between finally getting healthy or staying fatly, embarrassingly the same. There is science behind finding the right diet, as detailed in the beginning of my book, Commit To Get Fit: Find the Secret to YOUR Own True and Everlasting Weight Loss . . .

    People always ask me what I eat in a day’s time, specifically for each meal, that helps me maintain my 150 pound weight loss for 12 years now.

    “It’s always different,” I answer. “Gimme a for instance.”

    “Well, like, what did you eat this morning for breakfast – and then lunch?” they might probe.

    I always have a little morning pre-walk/pre-workout snack, never a full-blown breakfast anymore. Bagels, cereal, and oatmeal are way too high-glycemic and Taboo for a low carb way of weight loss – and life.

    And it varies according to what I’m in the mood for or what’s on hand. Some days it’s three pieces of hard salami and a few almonds. Other days it could be a couple of razor-slim slices of Prosciutto di Parma with a fat, finger-sized slab of Italian Friulano cheese, low-fat cheddar or string cheese, all with a palm-full of almonds, pistachios or cashews.

    Usually in midafternoon I have a wonderfully crunchy, low-glycemic apple and a few more nuts for bread-crust-like texture, mouth feel, and crunch. Almonds, pistachios, and cashews are lifesavers in more ways than one. Sinfully delicious, wonderful for keeping your cholesterol in check, pop a few in your mouth with almost any food to trick your mind into thinking you’re actually eating a crusty piece of Italian bread. Helped me kick the bread habit.

    I’ve been known to go through a two-pound bag of almonds or a 16-ounce jar of cashews about every two weeks. When you come visit me, you will find that I always keep a cute cupful of each of these three nut varieties right on the kitchen counter next to the sink for snacks, as well as a small Ziploc bag of them in my purse, just in case.

    After my morning workout and cardio walk, I’m hungry for something filling that will hold me and keep me from grazing till dinner. I might have some tuna and egg salad, salmon salad, or deli meats with nuts, grape tomatoes, and cheese.

    I always make sure to eat foods high in protein and try to stay away from the white starchy, sugary carbs as much as I can. Try is the operative word here, kids. Like Yoda once told Luke Skywalker: “There is no ‘try’ only ‘do.’”

    Now I’m telling you: there is no try, Boo, only do.

    The less white starch and sugar you eat, the less you’ll wanna eat and the less hungry you’ll be. Trust Dr. Atkins, Dr. Agatston of the South Beach Diet fame, and me on this and try it for yourself.

    The first thing I look for when choosing anything to eat is the carb content and glycemic index, then I subtract the fiber to get the “net carb” count. I’m more concerned with white starch and sugar carbs, glycemic index, and portion control than anything else.

    The trick is to Make It Easy and Healthy.

    When I’m on the go, what interests me most diet-wise is a yummy, low-carb meal that is portion controlled, ready to eat in a few microwaved minutes, highly portable, and because it’s low-carb, curbs my appetite into the wee hours of the afternoon. If you can tolerate the sodium, low-carb frozen entrees could be an invaluable aid for your weight-loss program. I owe a 150-pound debt of gratitude (in part) to frozen entrees. They certainly weren’t all I ate, but they were a successful diet staple that taught me portion control, too.

    When I first started to lose weight, I’d grab a huge handful of frozen petite French green beans and nuke ‘em with the entrée to bulk up the quantity, add fiber, and make myself think I was eating more than I actually was. Which, in fact, I really was.

    Now, my stomach’s shrunk enough to where I can barely finish a whole frozen entrée with almonds or cashews sprinkled on top. On the days when I’m seriously starving, I go back to the green bean thing. Works like a charm and keeps my face out of a lot of other carb-y crap I shouldn’t be eating.

    And while you’re at it, eat a little slower and learn to savor the flavor.

    If you have no idea about the best diet for you, your doctor should offer some advice about a healthy, effective eating plan and what kind of daily exercise you are able to endure to help you get on with your new, healthier lifestyle — for life. Once you get your medical issues under control, and your doc’s okay, I can help coach you with guidance, motivation and the rest.

    Pick the best diet to change your life – for life.

    After all, the difference between the right diet and the same old diet is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

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    Laura Dion-Jones

    dionjones@mac.com

    Excerpt from: Commit To Get Fit: Find the Secret to YOUR Own True and Everlasting Weight Loss ©