"Experts say making small change-ups to your day is one of the best ways to lose." (http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20543929,00.html)
I just read this in an article and I completely agree with it! Diets fail me. I have tried the Atkins diet - and was told by my doc to never do it again. Yep, he sure did! My body requires carbs - as does yours! The Atkins diet restricts consumption of carbs. Rather than my body burning the fat as this diet claims it does, my body was burning my muscles. Less than two weeks into it I couldn't bear to move one muscle because my muscles would go into spasms. Every muscle was being affected. I was concerned (and freaked out!) so I called my doc. Thats when he said stop, eat some pasta and do not do this diet ever again. That was the BEST bowl of 'puh-sketti' EVER! :D
Now I am watching my intake rather than "dieting". My biggest weakness? Cola and chocolate. What am I doing about it? Well, I was restricting myself to one Coke a day. And I bought the fun-size Snickers. With the itty-bitty bars I didn't feel so guilty if I ate 3 Snickers bars in one day. That's only 128-calories as opposed to a full-size bar at 280-calories! Love it!
But I failed recently. I was off work for a week and a half. Before I was off I had lost a total of 13-pounds (in about 9-10 weeks) but I didn't hit the gym during that time (well, one time, and that's all) & I didn't restrict my Coke intake. During those 12 days I quickly found 3 of those pounds. YIKES!!! BUMMER!!! I am now newly motivated to re-engage and get those 3-pounds lost again.
Back to the carbs -- don't think you have to restrict yourself from carbs when trying to lose the weight. Studies have proven there are good carbs as well as bad, evil, hip-hugging ones. You just have to educate yourself and make smarter choices. You can't go wrong with whole grain. They even help you lose weight because of the fiber and the "Resistant Starch" contained in them. I love reading and my topic of choice lately: GOOD CARBS. :D