The whole concept of a diet is backwards, because in most cases, what society thinks of as a "diet" is based on the idea of less.
The idea of deprivation, ingrained in many diets, gives us control over a situation in the short term. It doesn't become a habit, and 10 days — maybe two weeks — later, we see that deprivation rebound when self-control finally dwindles.
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Make small but sustainable changes, stay away from anything extreme, and build up small changes over time.
Most people would rather have a horrible 10 days of a raw, low-carb, no salt, no sugar, no water diet and return to their old habits than really have to address that $150 Frappuccino bill they're racking up each month.
Drastic or too-strict diets can trigger mood swings, headaches, physical and mental fatigue, irritability, digestive upset, and brain fog. Too few calories and too little carbs seem to be the biggest culprits.
Build in an extra snack, increasing portions, or adding back some fruit. To succeed, take a Goldilocks approach – not too little, not too much, just right.
Researchers say breakfast doesn't kickstart the metabolism and may not be the most important meal of the day. Different studies have found that skipping breakfast doesn’t lead to weight increase and have no impact on resting metabolism.
Start your day with lean protein, which burns twice as many calories during digestion as fat or carbs. But don't stress about squeezing it in before 9 am.
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