As I started my day, I was peripherally aware of an old episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in which she had Bob Greene on. They were discussing “The Best Life Diet”. They gave tips which were obviously good.
One tip was to make sure that any weight-loss journey that we take must be started slowly, otherwise it shocks the body and even if we do maintain it, even for six months, what eventually happens is that most people will fall off and return to their old habits. I know this to be true, not just with weight-loss goals. Any time we make goals that are too ambitious, we run the risk of overwhelming ourselves and then failing.
Another tip I picked up was that at the beginning of your wight-loss, it is important to remove alcohol from your diet entirely. Yikes! “There goes my relaxing one hour of television after I put the kids to bed, ” I thought to myself. Well, the good news is that this rules is only for the first month and alcohol can be added back responsibly. Whew!
The big secret, though, is actually easier than most people would think. The great thing about it is that it not only helps with your initial weight-loss, but, according to Bob Greene, it is actually great for your health, in general. The secret is that you stop eating at least two hours before your bedtime. So, if you generally go to bed at 10pm, like me, then that means you do not eat anything-eat NO-thing!!!…after 8pm every day.
So here is the bottom line, start slow, so as not to overwhelm yourself. Cut out alcohol for the first month and then slowly add it back. If you can’t cut it out, I would suggest that you cut down, like having alcohol free days or reducing your 2 or three glasses, at social events, to just one. Then, if you can’t or don’t do anything else, just implement the 2 hour rule and don’t eat for at least two hours immediately before bedtime.
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