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12-01-2011 @ 2:54PM
I try to avoid gimmick diets.The thing you mention is a variation of the more common "Drink more water" which WILL actually help you lose weight. The 40 minutes before eating thing just seems irrelevant and more of a mind game than anything that would actually impact your weight loss.I've said this a few times on here before, but I thoroughly endorse Weight Watchers. It's not a diet, in the traditional sense. No "eat no carbs," "eat just red meat," "eat only carbs" hoopla. Eat what you want. But in moderation. Being on the program for 9 months has been amazingly eye-opening, and I look at food so much differently now. I understand how to make healthier choices and have actually discovered a ton of new things that I would've never thought to even try before.And even now, I'll use some of my "bonus" points to throw down on some of the less-healthy options, from time to time. Don't deny yourself the things you like. It'll only make you resent the process and not want to stick to it. Just go easy on it.The best thing I ever bought was my food scale. Figuring out actual serving sizes is a godsend. If you don't scarf it down, a serving of potato chips (usually 1oz.) is actually more than enough to satisfy the average snack craving, and isn't obscenely high in points. (Chex Mix is an even better option, though I'm dying to know the nutrition info for it after cutting out the pretzels, bagel chips and bread twists, which I don't like.)
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