I have a great lineup of links to share today, from a review of the top diet plans to posts about acting like a grown-up and self-love. Don’t worry, there’s the requisite link to Men’s Health magazine, too.
— U.S. News & World Report recently released a review of 20 top diet plans, including Weight Watchers, Atkins, Ornish, Jenny Craig and others. The Weight Watchers folks were pleased that their diet ranked high — it was the best commercial plan and tied for second as “Best Overall.”
Atkins came in 19th (yes, out of 20) in the “Best Overall” category. I’d have to say I strongly disagree with that — and with the fact that the Slim-Fast plan ranked above it at No. 10. Who in their right mind can get by on “a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch and a sensible (read miniscule) dinner.
But I give the magazine credit for looking at a variety of plans. I firmly believe that everyone needs to find the diet that works for them. That means one they can stick to … one that doesn’t leave them wanting to gnaw the leg off a table at the end of the first week. For me, that diet is Atkins.
Yes, Weight Watchers works. I made it work for me up to a point … but my loss stalled at about 50 pounds and I started gaining and losing the same 2 pounds and eventually got frustrated and gave up — and then regained what I’d lost plus a few extras.
So if this guide can help people find the diet that works best for them, more power to it.
— Over at Healthful Pursuit, Leanne wrote a great post about positive affirmations. (The comments are pretty insightful, too.) In light of my recent look in the mirror, I felt a need to share. I especially liked her new mantra: “Stop, breathe, love yourself, continue.” As she says, “when you believe in yourself, anything is possible.”
— In that same vein, Jasmine from Eat Move Write just blogged about a couple of books she’d read on changing negative thoughts to positive ones to become the you you want to be. Visualization sounds a little touchy-feely, but I still think there’s some truth to it. Many, many experts say you should create a detailed picture of yourself, the way you want to look, to reflect on. I heard it at a WW meeting and have read it in more than one diet book. It seems kind of ridiculous and I’m not sure it’s ever worked for me, but the idea is worth exploring.
— Another post by Jasmine reminded me of the gray hairs I found the other day amongst my blonde and dark ones. She writes about growing up but not feeling grown up. I can totally relate. Even at almost 40, I don’t feel any older than I ever have. I might not feel older, but I hope I’m wiser than I was at 18 or even 25. Then again, I still suffer from the same insecurities I always have, so maybe not.
Losing weight (and then maintaining it) is all about balance. If you overindulge at a weekend barbecue or mindlessly munch throughout the afternoon at your desk, don’t throw in the towel. Just make sure your next meal is healthy, and move on.
That’s one thing I need to remind myself of — constantly. At least it’s easier for me to make sure my next meal is healthy on a low-carb diet. I still can’t explain why, but I have no trouble getting right back on track when I overindulge a little now.
— It’s a writer thing: Jasmine from Eat, Move, Write shared a post she got from my Blogger Secret Santa, Camille (from I Will Run for Chocolate), on “Rules for Writers.” Every last one of them is great, but No. 7 is particularly applicable. It says: “Work on a computer that is disconnected from the internet.” I can’t tell you how much more noveling I could be getting done if I weren’t spending so much time online.
Then again, I love blogging — and reading all your blogs, too. I just need more hours in the day. That’s all. Who’s going to come up with a 26-hour day? 😉
— More proof that I should have been born a man: I loved this Men’s Health article on the pros and cons of drinking milk. I’m not a milk drinker now, because cow’s milk has carbs. But I used to love an ice-cold glass of moo juice — especially with something sweet, like cake, chocolate chip cookies or Oreos.