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“Lose 7 Pounds a Week Eating This Miracle Fruit!”

Posted Feb 08 2009 12:00am

Enough already! That is the cover headline of a recent Woman’s World magazine. And sorry to call out Woman’s World because so many of the magazines do this. I love this magazine because it’s a super quick, easy skim through and sometimes there is really valuable information, even for weight loss.

But every issue, there is some diet on the cover that’s going to help you lose extraordinary amounts of weight with little or no effort. In this case, the miracle fruit is bananas. I suppose if you eat a banana for breakfast and then nothing else for the rest of the day, you could drop 7 pounds each week, but you won’t feel too great and I doubt that’s a plan you can stick with. Usually, when you get inside the magazine, there’s a perfectly reasonable eating and sometimes exercise plan, along with supplements that are good for you. But 7 pounds a week? C’mon.

I’ve been on Weight Watchers for six months. I’ve lost 41 pounds, an average of 6 pounds a MONTH. I eat healthy and I exercise… a lot. For 6 pounds a MONTH. But this is a plan that is doable for me.  I still eat dessert and pizza. I go out for breakfast or dinner with family and friends. I really enjoy the holidays.

Sure, I’ve made adjustments to what I eat, but they are adjustments I can live with, and I don’t feel deprived. I eat more fruits and veggies and lean protein and fiber. But I also eat chocolate when I really want it.

I’m losing steadily, and I feel I can stick to this as a lifetime plan, which is what it needs to be. It doesn’t help to lose 7 pounds a week if you can only stick to the plan for a week. Not when you have 80 (now 39)  pounds to lose.

I remember in earlier diet attempts, thinking I could lose 20 pounds a month (probably related to claims in magazines that you can lose that fast). Now I realize even that’s insanely unrealistic and unhealthy. When I started WW this time around, I wanted to lose weight, but more than that, I wanted to get healthy. So I didn’t put unattainable goals in place. And that’s helped me  stick to this program this time.

So buy all the magazines, diet plans, weight loss supplements and exercise equipment you want. Anything you do to become healthier is a good thing. But be realistic. Unless you are on The Biggest Loser (and they don’t always have consistent losses either), you’re not going to lose 7 pounds a week. Plan for 1 to 2 pounds a week and you’ll be satisfied with what you’re eating and with your results, even elated when the scale sometimes shows that occasional 3-pound loss!

PS. Losing slowly also keeps saggy skin at bay. Why get fit only to have all that loose skin hanging around the middle!

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