I spoke with a member of my extended family yesterday who has always tried the latest fad diet. She typically loses weight and gains it back. She is currently on a controversial diet that involves putting drops under the tongue and a diet restricted to 500 calories a day. I couldn't even wrap my brain around that tiny number, so I had to look the diet up and see what 500 calories amounted to. This is it:
- Breakfast: Coffee or tea with artificial sweetener and one tablespoon of milk.
- Lunch is 100 grams of lean meat, poultry or fish in addition to one low-glycemic vegetable like spinach, celery, cucumbers or cabbage. One Melba toast and one fruit like half of a grapefruit or an apple is also allowed.
- Dinner is the same as lunch.
I feel really great about what we are accomplishing in this challenge. I feel very uplifted and supported by all of you and your stories of successes, failures and the reality of trying to live a more healthy life over all. And I truly do believe that eating sensibly and exercising the body on a regular basis are the best steps towards feeling healthy.