Considerations for diets. Consult your physician
before jumping into any diet. I am not a doctor.
Most of us go on a diet at one time or another.
Here's a few "common sense" approaches.
Cajun food, in general, will make you fat if you eat it on a
regular basis. You can still enjoy it every once in a while and you
should occasionally replace and/or supplement that great Cajun food with other
"good things". You can also modify the recipes using low
fat ingredients. The biggest thing with Cajun cooking is the food is
normally high fat and high carbohydrate. I've heard that these two
factors contribute to weight gain.
There are "grand diets" that are
supposed to make you loose weight and keep it off. Some
will, some won't. Take a pill and become thin on 30 days! Ha!, another trip to
long term failure.
Many of us want to look good (especially the
single folks). Proper diet for each of us is a specialized diet
because we are each different. We metabolize (process) the food we
eat a little differently; everyone is a little different.
Before you go on a diet talk to your doctor. If
you have special problems your doctor can tell you what you can and
can't do. Respect that. Loosing weight is one thing, hurting
yourself is another; be smart about it.
How long will it take to loose the weight I want
to loose? Give yourself a year or more. Hey, you didn't get that way
overnight, don't try to loose it any quicker. Your body needs to
adjust. Diet's involve change, so, know upfront you WILL have to
change what you do when it comes to eating. If I told you that
you will have to eat half as much cheese as you do now for the rest
of your life would you try "my diet"? Of course you
wouldn't, but, as we get older, we'll have to "give to
get"! It's a natural law you can't get around it.
I lost weight several years ago by doing nothing
but using a different sized plate. That was me, not necessarily you.
Most overweight people (like me) fill a regular dinner plate. I
started by leaving space in the dinner plate, then, advanced to a salad
plate to serve myself. Speaking of "serving yourself" you
should ALWAYS do that. If you serve yourself you're in control, and,
control is what you want. I dropped 10 lbs. in three months,
then stayed at that weight. What happened is my body adjusted to the
new eating habit and settled there, but, I stayed with the new
habit. I made the new habit the normal thing. It's what we MUST do,
if, we are to continue to benefit from our initial efforts.
If you've figured out which foods make you gain
weight try reducing the amount a little. More vegetables and less
bread, milk products and cheese help me, it may not work for you.
Just make small changes at first. The idea is to make that change a
permanent one. Fill the voids on your plate with foods that don't
make you gain weight. For instance; less rice, more beans. That way
you still get the foods you like and won't feel deprived.
Try eating new foods that won't put that weight
on. Consider using sugar substitutes, low fat milk and other such
products. You shouldn't have to spend more money on food to loose
weight! Make one change at a time and make it
permanent... what's the rush?
Many people eat because it's
"time to eat", not because we're hungry. Another thing we
do is eat until we can't move... bad move! If that "stuffed
feeling" is an absolute must, drink a big glass of water before
you sit down to eat.
I've seen many dieters make themselves miserable
going on a diet. They smile and say I'm on such-and-such a diet and
I lost 5 lbs. in one week and they're just tickled pink. Then they
quit loosing weight, get disgusted and start trying to make up for
all the misery they put themselves through. Boom, all of a sudden
they weigh more than they did when they started. The problem here is
that many people don't understand that the changes they make must
I am not a doctor or dietician. The above is
only an opinion. Consult your physician before going on ANY diet.
Don't hurt yourself.