Always on the look out for healthy diet tips I became interested in the 2-Day Diet that everyone seems to be talking about. It's being hailed as the diet that can have dramatic anti-ageing and anti-cancer benefits.
The majority of us have dieted at some stage in our life and as we get older it seems to get harder to shed the pounds.
I've never been a fan of gimmicky diets, and there have been a few over the years.
The cabbage soup diet, the Atkins diet, the egg diet and the substitute diet where you replace meals with nutritional drinks. They all work for a short time but mostly as soon as you come off the diet there is a tendency to pile the weight back on.
The sad fact is that the best healthy diet tips tell us that we have to burn more calories than we eat in order to lose weight. Sounds simple, but it's hard to maintain for any length of time.
Being deprived of certain foods actually makes us crave for them and then there is a tendency to overeat when we come off the diet.
This diet appears to retrain our appetite so that we eat smaller portion sizes even on the days when we're not dieting.
The idea of the 2-Day Diet is that for two days you eat a very restricted diet of approximately 500 calories a day low in carbohydrates for your two restricted days.
The remainder of the week you follow a
sensible mediterranean style diet which includes food that is as whole
and unprocessed as possible, with lots of fruit and vegetables,
wholegrains, beans, pulses, nuts and olive oil as well as fish poultry,
low-fat dairy foods. The healthy diet tips include small amounts of lean
red meat and even small amounts of alcohol on your unrestricted days.
The 2-Day Diet has been developed by Dr Michelle Harvie & Prof Tony Howell who have written a book to support the diet which gives lots of recipe ideas for both your two restricted days and your five unrestricted days along with other healthy diet tips on how to increase your level of exercise to achieve the best results.
The 2-Day Diet provides clear guidelines about what you can eat on your restricted diet days.
You eat foods that are high in protein, healthy monounsaturated fats (such as nuts), and fruit and vegetables, which are satisfying and reduce the feelings of hunger. The diet is deliberately low in carbohydrates, which appear to make people feel hungrier.
The 2-Day Diet is designed to be:-
For instance if you're invited out for a meal then you can make sure it's on an unrestricted day. Your diet days can be flexible. You can do two consecutive days or you can split them. Whichever suits you best. It's not hard to restrict what you eat for two days of the week.
The diet helps you lose fat rather than muscle.
Muscle doesn't just make you look and feel more toned, it's also the key to calorie-burning. Even when your muscles are resting they burn up to seven times as many calories as fat.
I've never been particularly overweight but like many people there are times of the year when I tend to put a few pounds on. Usually over the Christmas and winter period and then on summer holidays.
I've usually found that by cutting back for a while and stepping up the exercise I have been able to lose any excess weight quite easilly.
However a couple of years ago I found my weight was creeping up and I didn't seem to be able to shift it. I was subsequently diagnosed with an underactive thyroid gland and thought that once I was on medication to correct the problem the weight would come off but it proved to be very stubborn and I began to feel very depressed about it.
It's very annoying when you can't get into your favourite clothes any longer. I tried to lose weight last year for a family wedding and only managed to lose a small amount and immediately put it back on. So I was particularly keen to try the 2-Diet especially as my Doctor was very much in favour of it.
I've been following the 2-Day Diet now for 3 months and I've dropped a dress size back to my size 12. I aim to maintain this by following the maintenance diet which is continuing to do one restricted day a week.
I've found that I no longer go back for seconds of anything as my appetite seems to have shrunk. I have also managed to cut my weakness for red wine down considerably. Only enjoying a drink at weekends rather than every day and I have to admit I feel a lot better for it.
If you need to lose weight my healthy diet tip would be to get the book and get back to your optimum weight. It might just prolong your life.