Steering Clear of the Crash Diet
Posted: Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2013
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Alyn Wharmby is an Ohio native turned middle school teacher and graduate student, currently earning a degree in School Administration at UNC Charlotte. She is beginning her new life with fiance Erik and chihuahua Bella on July 13, 2013. Contact Alyn here.
All of my adult life Ive heard about insane diets that people do in order to lose weight fast. Theres the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Lemonade Diet, the Master Cleanse, HcG diets--- the list goes on and on. Im going to be honest and say that not only do crash diets frighten me, but Id be terrible at them!First of allI cannot imagine what eating strictly cabbage soup for a week would so to your digestive system. As Ive gotten older, my stomach just cant take what it used to! I avoid alcohol and large amounts of both gluten and dairy, simply because my stomach just cant take it! How would I ever tolerate something that severe? Also, any friend Ive known who has done one of these quick fix diets has gained the weight back immediately afterwards, sometimes with extra to spare!As we near the end of this competition, its tremendously tempting to consider a crash diet that will help me drop hidden pounds (water weight!) fast. Having been at this weight-loss game for 17 months now, Ive decided Im not giving in to that trick. I know in the long run that it will hurt my progress and make me feel like garbage. I have to avoid-at-all-costs the temptation of anything that will give me a reason to binge eat when Im done. Ive been really happy with my progress in January, and rewarding myself after a crash diet would blow it all.We had a Superbowl party on Sunday, and as I keenly avoided all things carb-laden and fat-filled, a few people asked about my progress in the competition. One friend remarked that she cant wait to see me the day after my last weigh-in, implying that I would then be stuffing my face full of the junk food Ive cut out for so long. I informed her thatno, I would not be binging on sugar and starch the day after, but that I still have goals to meet.For me, this competition isnt about winning. It may sound cheesy or false, but Im really just happy to have improved my health, figure, and the way I feel. I am almost at the weight I was when I met my fiancé, and both of us are happy that Im getting back there (Im really much more pleasant when I feel better!). My confidence completely changes the way I carry myself. I went into an interview last year where the interviewer informed me that I needed to stop pulling at my clothes and fidgeting. I was truly uncomfortable in my own skin, and even strangers could sense it. One pound at a time Im overcoming that lack-of-confidence and beginning to see how my lifestyle can be different.So instead of crash dieting, Im sticking to my plan. For those who need to be at their best weight for a big day or event, here is a compilation of safe and healthy ways of quickly minimizing pounds, water-weight and bloating for a skinnier you:1. Dont skip meals--it sounds good, but isnt the best way to cut calories.2. Drink A LOT of water (and nothing else) to flush your system.3. Avoid sodium and starchboth of which make you retain water.4. Eat as many veggies as possible.5. Exercise moresweat it out!6. Change up your workout habits--- shock the system a little.7. Eat protein to fill you up.8. Skip late night calories that you wont burn.9. Add hot-lemon water to your morning routine before breakfast (my dieticians suggestionGoogle it!).10. Do 30 minutes of cardio a day (my trainer swears by interval training: 15 minutes in the morning and 15 at night).
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