Tuesday, July 26, 2011


DIET is probably a very weird thing to talk about on a food site with a title like mine, but I thought it would be fun to share successful diets some of you might have followed?

So.........what do you do when you want to quickly take off five or ten pounds?   Lots of  salad?  Only protein?  Just stay off sugar?    Let us know!

Thanks!  Z


Joe said...

When I want to lose 5 pounds, I get a hair cut, empty my pockets and take off my shoes.

Always On Watch said...

I start with an egg-and-grapefruit day (4 eggs, 2 grapefruit). Then I follow up with three days of low fat (salads, etc.). The next day, I have an all-protein day (low-fat protein, of course), followed by three days of low fat, followed by egg-and-grapefruit day. Continue with that pattern. Works for me!

Always On Watch said...

To be honest, though, I haven't put myself through that regimen for a while. My life is too stressful for me right now for me to worry about dieting.

Patrick Carroll said...

Low Carb is the only thing that works for me.

Lisa said...

the one and only time I dieted was like 20 years ago. Weight Watchers when you still had to weigh the food.
Because my mom ,my sister and myself did it altogether it was much easier and I tell you it was great . I lost 15 lbs and felt great. The only problem was I was always hungry.
I am not a big sweet eater except for the occasional craving. Like Patrick the low carb thing is my first defense.

This post reminds me I have to get back to working out,which has always been my best fat burner.

I like AOw's and I wish Joe's plan were that easy,lol!!!

Mark said...

Heaven's, I don't know. I have type II Diabetes, and every morning I take Glipizide, and every night, Metformin. In between, I try to stay away from sugars and carbs, but when I test my blood sugar, the results are confusing to say the east.

For instance, two days ago, I ate raisin bran for breakfast, had two pieces of cold roasted Chicken (thighs) for lunch, and, at about 4:45, my blood sugar dropped to the point that I got dizzy and sweaty and shaky. So, I ate half a candy bar. 30 minutes later, after the shakiness had subsided, I ate spaghetti and meatballs for supper, and then immediately after, tested my blood sugar again. It was 204!

Yesterday, I ate an egg and cheese sandwich for breakfast, had a chocolate cake donut with chocolate icing at break, ate a meatball sandwich at lunch, and later, when I came home from work, I tested my blood sugar before I ate supper. It was 98!

I don't think diets work.

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Z said...

Mark, I have a friend who takes insulin and never feels very well because he eats so badly! We went to brunch on Sunday and he had eggs benedict with an order of fried potatoes and ate every bit of it. His wife told him they had an errand to do but he said "I have to go home now, that breakfast didn't sit well with me!" I honestly think he thinks it's the diabetes that makes it not sit well, not the fact that NOBODY would feel real well after eating all of that! I'm really worried about him...he has ruined his teeth with the diabetes, has bad neuropathy in his hands and feet...imagine? And he took his blood as we sat there and STILL ate that stuff!

Low Carb works best for me......pretty quickly. I'm lucky I'm tall so any few pounds don't show.

AOW, I need protein to lose weight; it's the weirdest thing. I can eat only salads for a day or two and lose NOTHING but add a chicken breast, and I do lose.

I have never done Weight Watchers, but I do hear it works well, and it's become much easier somehow, from what I hear.

Anonymous said...


To live long follow this routine:
Add some bran to your cuisine.
Don't use oil that's saturated.
Get your brew decaffeinated.
Stay away from food that's fried.
Watch out for that pesticide.
It's time for you to put a halt
To flavoring with lots of salt.
Preservatives are overrated.
Sugar gets you agitated.
Laboratory rats concur
On artificial sweetener.
Of red meat and eggs beware;
Cholesterol lurks everywhere.
The list of no-no's is complete.
Now what are we supposed to eat?

~ Anonymous

Submitted by FreeThinke

Anonymous said...


Anything that's leafy green
Dietitians think is keen.
Bread that's fibrous, rough and dry
Health food addicts love to buy.
Skinless chicken, bland white fish
Make a doctor-ordered dish.
Fruit that's fresh no dried or canned
If eaten raw will not be banned.
And what's the best source of protein?
You guessed it, it's the humble bean.
Milk that's thin and watery
Is found in "healthy" cups of tea.
Medics say to beat disease
Eat great gobs of cottage cheese.
Herbs are find, but spices hot
Are on the list of "Thou shalt not."
The truth, my friends, there's no disguising:
Eat -- but not what's appetizing.

~ by FreeThinke (1995)

LASunsett said...

Everyone's body chemistry is different. What works for one may not work for another. When I turned 40, I still was able to work out and run two miles a day. The diet that kept me the trimmest was low fat grams, high protein, moderate carbs....just enough carbs to meet energy demands.

The types of carbs are important too. Complex carbs are harder to break down and convert to energy. Fructose (the sugar in fruits) is a monosaccharide and is easier to convert to energy than table sugar, which is a disaccharide.

Potatoes and bread are starches, which are polysaccharides. Very difficult to break down without exercise.

If one is serious about losing weight, I would recommend researching what is called a catabolic diet. It's more complicated than it sounds, but essentially, it involves eating foods like vegetables that take more calories to digest than what is contained in the food.

cube said...

I don't like dieting. It makes me cranky. I liked your previous question much better.

Z said...

cube, me, too :-)
I'll have one soon that's more fun!

LA Sunsett....what are your thoughts on my needing protein to lose?...only salads/vegetables alone, just don't cut it somehow.

LASunsett said...

Z, Protein is necessary to maintain muscle. If you exercise enough, the protein converts to muscle. But watching your weight then becomes tricky, because you could lose fat and gain muscle and muscle weighs more than fat.

Legumes, meat, and eggs are excellent sources of protein but I would watch how they are prepared. Fried foods will get you in trouble with excess fat. If you are going to have a steak or burgers make it lean and grill it so the excess fat cooks off.

If you have to have a fried egg, use Pam or a good non stick coated skillet, with no grease. Poached or soft boiled is the best way to eat them.

The Atkins diet is based on protein. I have known people to eat the hell out of fried stuff with no carbs, bacon, etc. But in the end, those things can cause artery clogging that leads to heart disease and vascular disease. Plus, too much cured meats means too much sodium.

Fruit, natural yogurt without sweeteners of any kind, some dairy, veggies, and legumes are optimal for a healthy diet, with a few whole grains. Drink water, juices, but stay away from all soft drinks even diet.

Pris said...

I've never been on a diet. I don't live to eat, I eat to live.

When I'm hungry, I eat, when I'm not, I don't.

I'm short, yet I don't have a weight problem, in fact, at one time I was underweight like most women in my family. I think it's a genetic thing.

Z said...

Yes, LA Sunsett, thankfully, I don't have to diet much, but I notice that if I want to take off a quick five pounds, eating lettuce and vegetables doesn't work UNLESS I eat a piece of chicken or something with it; I wonder what you think might be the reason.......
I'm not so interested in losing weight as I'd be gaining muscle...or muscle TONE, anyway. I think it's more how we look than how the scale looks...and, of course, it's healthier to have muscle on us than fat, right?

Pris, I live to EAT :-) Hence, my FOOD BLOG! Grandpa used to say he used to live to eat and when he got very old he ate to live...
you're too young for that!
BUT< I know you love good food, and eat it, too! Whew!

Pris said...

Z, I do love good food, but only if I'm hungry. If I'm not hungry I don't bother to eat 'til I am.

I'm too young? Well, that I like to hear!

Z said...

Pris, eat only when you're HUNGRY? I don't even know what that means?

So many times, I've left restaurants with friends and walked through with them to the door saying "Oh, look at THAT dish, it looks good" and they always laugh and say "You just ATE!"

My joke is that, with Armenians, it's not ARE YOU HUNGRY? it's HOW HUNGRY ARE YOU!? :_)