As you are well aware of, I’m not a proponent for diets. I believe in eating a healthy diet forever with times of indulgences in moderation. I think these are the new buzzwords for the diet industry. Most people are over actually dieting. With that said, Lucy Danziger, editor in chief of SELF magazine, wrote a book called “The Drop 10 Diet.” 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. Eating in the morning “gets the engine” going to burn calories the rest of the day. Her suggestion was to eat eggs. They have vitamin D and protein which keeps you full longer.
Get Your Fiber: Foods such as blueberries, 20 almonds, sweet potatoes, and lentils are high sources of fiber. 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. 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. Lucy views them as empty calories. “If you can grow it, you can eat it.” Source In her diet she gives you 200 “happy” calories each day. You are able to roll them over from previous days if you know you are going to indulge more than the allotted 200 calories. She prefers to eat dark chocolate for the antioxidants and it provides satiety. Source
Calcium: Sheds belly fat. I am not a proponent of cow’s milk products. They increase mucosal secretions and cause many symptoms like asthma, allergies, edema, etc. Very few people can actually tolerate cow’s milk in the amount that we eat. Almond milk, coconut milk and goat’s cheese on the other hand are great sources of calcium. There are many other sources of food that is high in calcium beyond milk products. Look at them here.
This is just an overview of her book. She eats a very balanced diet high in nutrients, which is the key in overall health and weight control these days!