As you are well aware of, I’m not a proponent for diets. Â I believe in eating a healthy diet forever with times of indulgences in moderation. Â I think these are the new buzzwords for the diet industry. Â Most people are over actually dieting. Â With that said, Lucy Danziger, editor in chief of SELF magazine, wrote a book called “The Drop 10 Diet.” Â She lost about 25 lbs. and has kept it off for several years, so here are her secrets.
Eat Breakfast: Breakfast-eaters are much healthier than their counterparts that forgo the early meal. Â Eating in the morning “gets the engine” going to burn calories the rest of the day. Â Her suggestion was to eat eggs. Â They have vitamin D and protein which keeps you full longer.
Get Your Fiber: Foods such as blueberries, Â 20 almonds, sweet potatoes, and lentils are high sources of fiber. Â In her book, she says that 6% of fibrous foods don’t count as calories because your body uses the fiber and it is expelled. Source Protein: Pumpkin seeds, legumes, lean beef, chicken, etc. Â When you are eating a protein source, for every 100 calories you consume, it takes 25 of those calories to burn it off. Veggies: They full you up as you’re eating, whereas the protein keeps you full when you are finished. Â Lucy views them as empty calories. Â “If you can grow it, you can eat it.” Source In her diet she gives you 200 “happy” calories each day. Â You are able to roll them over from previous days if you know you are going to indulge more than the allotted 200 calories. Â She prefers to eat dark chocolate for the antioxidants and it provides satiety. Source
Calcium: Sheds belly fat. Â I am not a proponent of cow’s milk products. Â They increase mucosal secretions and cause many symptoms like asthma, allergies, edema, etc. Â Very few people can actually tolerate cow’s milk in the amount that we eat. Â Almond milk, coconut milk and goat’s cheese on the other hand are great sources of calcium. Â There are many other sources of food that is high in calcium beyond milk products. Â Look at them here.
This is just an overview of her book. Â She eats a very balanced diet high in nutrients, which is the key in overall health and weight control these days!