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Marianne’s Diet to Change Your Body & Life!

I STARTED THIS DETOX DIET WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IMPOSED CONFINEMENT IN FRANCE, AND I AM ALREADY SEEING IMPROVEMENTS AFTER JUST 12 DAYS. I AM 75 AND A MASTERS COMPETITIVE SWIMMER. I HAVE ALMOST THE SAME BODY MEASUREMENTS AS WHEN I WAS 35. THAT CAN BE YOUR CASE TOO!

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Whenever I gain weight after overeating because of stress or excessive celebrations, I go on a detox diet, which I explain below. Each time after only three days, my body becomes used to less food intake without any refined or unrefined sugar. I also cut down drastically on bread, pasta, potatoes, and rice. I prioritize proteins in lean meat and fish and above all vegetables plus one fruit a day to get my natural proteins and vitamins. In short, I consume only an appropriate amount of healthy fat and practically no carbs. Of course, I try to drink a liter of water per 24 hours, plus tea and coffee.

After four days, I no longer crave that glass of alcohol or that sweetened snack. I stick to three meals a day at regular hours with proteins, one piece of fruit, and plenty of vegetables, especially greens. If I feel hungry, I first drink water or drink herbal tea. Then I may have yogurt or some nuts.

After a week, I can assure you that you will feel very proud of yourself. All those processed foods or calorie-filled beverages no longer tempt you. If you are serious about losing weight, read the recommendations below based on research at respected institutes.

“Fad” or “clinical” diets abound on the Web. So-called “experts in nutrition” promise that you don’t have to restrict your food intake if you sign up for THEIR DIETS and PILLS. These diets are often expensive—$200 for a program or $50 for the download of a brochure with a few pages. In truth, all you get is the same advice I’m offering you now—free of charge. Incidentally, those diet pills not only cost a fortune but can also be dangerous. Usually, they give very meager results that are never long-lasting.

I wish to provide you with a solution that is simple, easy to follow, logical, and effective. There is no need to buy a particular book from me or sign up for a program. Just follow the rules below. They work for me, so I am quite sure it will work for other people. At least, I hope so.

No need to be a perfectionist!

You don’t have to eliminate all of these foods. You can indulge in moderation. It depends to a great extent on how much you need to lose and how fast you want to proceed. Of course, when you have reached your ideal weight and shape, you will increase your intake and indulge while trying to maintain healthy habits.

By the way, I recently found among my books Dr. Atkins’ Nutrition Breakthrough. It is entirely relevant to the health problems of today. If people had followed his advice starting in 1981 when the book first came out, we wouldn’t have the obesity epidemic we are seeing worldwide in the 21st century.

Lastly, let me tell you about the app I use when shopping in France. It is called Yuka and is very informative. When deciding on a food item, you scan the code bar, and immediately the program tells you if the product is “excellent,” “good,” “mediocre,” or “bad.” Moreover, it will provide you with alternatives and indicate where you can find them. Their evaluations are based primarily on nutritional value and ecological aspects. I have used the free version up to now but will surely pay the small fee to get the complete one.

So if you are set on losing weight and fully determined to do so:

Rule No. 1: Knowing what NOT TO EAT

Research shows that we need both glucose and fat to keep the body going, but they should be ingested in moderation. On the Web, conferences can last up to forty minutes before they tell you how to proceed. I will give you the answers straight away.
The BASIC IDEA to remember is that you should avoid INSULIN RESISTANCE due to poor lifestyle choices. When your body absorbs too many sugary substances (both obvious and hidden ones), it can no longer produce enough insulin to handle the intake. Naturally, it starts stocking up on fat. If you do not change your diet, you are at the risk of developing TYPE 2 DIABETES.

So stay away from the following, which you find in abundance at fast-food restaurants:

  • REFINED SUGAR is the WORST enemy. Soda beverages, snacks, pastries, and sweets are high in sugar. Unfortunately (for me in particular!), alcohol is too.
  • LIGHT FOODS (i.e., diet foods) should be avoided. They may indicate they are 0% fat-free, BUT they are full of SUGAR. Low-fat yogurt with or without fruit is a danger.
  • PROCESSED FOOD is OUT, because of additives, hidden sugar, and abundant salt. Remember that frozen items, except for natural vegetables, raw fish, and lean meat, are processed foods.
  • MOST OILS and above all TRANS FATS are OUT. Only OLIVE OIL is part of a proper weight reduction diet in the Mediterranean diet. I live in France, so naturally, I use olive oil.
  • CONSUME BUT ONLY IN MINIMAL QUANTITIES: Soya beans, potatoes, and rice. Above all, avoid adding tons of salt or sauces that are processed foods.
  • WHITE FLOUR—meaning white bread, pizza, pasta, cookies, cakes, and pastries are definitely on the TABOO list. The last three have tons of sugar. I know that bread is on most tables worldwide (especially white bread, buns, and crackers), so it must come as a shock to some who can’t live without these foods. But try to eliminate cereals for at least a week, and you’ll see the difference. Muesli, a cold oatmeal dish, is a good alternative and gives you the necessary fiber.
  • CONCERNING CHEESE, there are conflicting opinions. When I am not on this strict detox diet, I eat cheese now and then. Hard cheese contains very little lactose, so it suits most people, and it contains calcium. However, avoid, if possible, bread or crackers with your cheese. Place it in your salads instead. During the first weeks of a strict diet, it is best to avoid cheese.

Rule No. 2: Enjoy natural food

Learn to like or even love natural foods. They have little to no sugar and not much unhealthy fat like trans fat (often called High Fructose Corn Syrup or HFCS on labels).

Figure out what your body burns and digests well and what you should avoid. Teach your children to love natural food too. I, for one, eat very little bread and never any pancakes, tarts, pastries, or pies made with white flour. By respecting this simple rule, I never feel bloated.

In the past, I never liked dark chocolate, and I used to eat milk chocolate or even white chocolate in considerable quantities. Today I have gone over to dark bittersweet chocolate with very little sugar and at least 85% real cocoa. My taste buds have changed, and I enjoy dark chocolate. I can even eat some every day with my espresso after lunch without putting on any weight.

Rule No. 3: Choose the right foods

You’re probably saying to yourselves, “What on earth should I eat?” Either get a book of recipes using only natural foods without any sugar and only a dash of salt or invent your meals. It’s easier than you think. There are so many possibilities. Here are a few ideas:

  • Breakfast: Tea (herbal tea), freshly squeezed juice (lemon or orange), a Greek yogurt, eggs (without the bacon or beans), a piece of fresh fruit, fish, or lain yogurt are just a few of the possibilities. As for me, I eat very little in the morning. I have a cup of coffee and some fruit or a glass of freshly squeezed juice.
  • Lunch: A small portion of lean white meat, fish, or eggs with vegetables and salad plus fruit or UNSALTED nuts (except for cashew and walnuts). Chicken may be a reasonable choice, but on huge, industrialized farms, they are breed in less than forty days, and their meat contains 250% more fat than the birds we used to consume in the past!
  • Dinner: Vegetable soup (hot or cold), salad, hard cheese, fruit, or plain yogurt (real, not low-fat). Imagine how much time you’ll save both when shopping and preparing meals!

My advice:
The cavemen were never fat, nor are people in underdeveloped countries where there are no Mac Donald’s.

Before you put anything in your mouth, think about how your body will react. If the answer is, “This will not do me any good!” then refrain from eating or drinking it. Don’t even take a small bite or single a sip. If on the contrary, you say to yourself is “This will do me a lot of good!” then indulge.

Rule No. 4: Learn to like water

When you come to think about it, water can be just as refreshing as soda pop or even alcohol. Alcohol makes you believe that you feel more relaxed or less inhibited, which may be true for a short period. But soon after absorbing a substantial quantity of alcohol, you will feel the negative side effects.

I do not frown on alcohol for religious or other moral reasons, but simply because I have seen what it can do to my body. I have indulged far too much at various times in my life. I only wish to save others from the unfortunate consequences of overconsumption of alcohol. The trouble is that today it is considered the “in” thing to have an alcoholic drink. It’s fashionable. Now there are far fewer smokers, which has cleared the air in certain places for non-smokers. So it would be great if the population of this planet could cut down on alcohol, too - myself included!

I know that I am infuriating the winemakers of France in particular, but “a less alcohol trend” could make us change over to a saner way of life. Moreover, it would cost us less and save us from sundry health problems. You can try to follow my recommendations, but I admit it is hard to stay away from that glass of red wine, especially here in France. So when I feel slim and happy, I indulge a little. But we should always be careful.

Rule No. 5: Exercise a little every day.

Whatever exercising you do is great for your body. Swimming for 30 minutes is excellent, but so is walking, climbing the stairs, doing housework, taking the dog out, strolling around the market, stretching as well as dancing in front of the TV or at a club. Just get up and move! It won’t eliminate the fat, but it will tighten your muscles.

Rule No. 6: Remember you don’t need a lot of food.

The human body can survive on relatively little if it gets enough water. People who eat small portions live longer and keep their brains healthier. I know it is tempting today to purchase full carts of food when supermarket shelves are stacked with alluring snacks and treats in bright-colored packages. Just be sure to bring a list and stick to it in the store.

People who are overweight have too much fat in their bodies. They need to force their bodies to burn this fat. In hospitals, they recommend diets of under 1,000 calories, whereas a healthy one is 2,000 to 2,500 for sedentary workers. Thus, by reducing the intake, your body no longer stocks fat but instead burns the extra it has stored away according to its needs. The stomach shrinks, weight decreases, and you feel much better—with a flatter tummy. At least, that has been my experience, whereas I find that counting calories is tedious and not a good idea. Stick to healthy food, eat less, and drink more water - clean tap water.

Rule No. 7: Find other pleasures besides food and drink.

Eating and drinking should not be the chief joys of your life. Find other more stimulating preferences: companionship, friendship, sports, music, culture, reading, chatting. I, for one, am very talkative. As I speak four languages, it is easy for me to meet interesting people.

Rule No. 8: Eat and drink slowly—No second helpings

Firstly, it is very chic to eat or drink slowly. Gulping down one’s food and drink is so uncivilized. Furthermore, by eating slowly, you reduce your food intake, and by chewing for a long time on each piece, you can enjoy the same quantity of food for much longer. Never ask for second helpings, and when you are at a restaurant, skip the cheese and have fruit instead of a sugary dessert. Or better still have a light starter instead of dessert.

Rule No. 9 : Never eat between meals

Do not eat anything between meals unless you’re starving. If I feel hungry, first I drink some herbal tea or mineral water. Then perhaps I will eat a piece of fruit, some nuts, or plain Greek yogurt (Not the low-fat yogurts packed with sugar or added fruit, as I mentioned above.)

If you partake of a reasonably sized lunch, you will not be hungry. In the evening and limit your intake before going to sleep. Fruits and vegetables are sufficient with a hot or cold drink. (I recommend herbal tea.) Another reason for not eating between meals is to let your body repair itself and not spend most of the time digesting food.

Rule No. 10: Go for balanced, varied nutrition

People become fat NOT because of a change in their genetic build-up but because of poor, unbalanced nutrition. Moreover, counting calories will not ensure that you get the right amount of healthy foods. Drugs from the pharmacy in the form of diet meals or pills that are supposed to stop your craving serve only the “diet industry,” which is making huge profits. You will forever be on a carousel going up and down on a bumpy weight curve for the rest of your life! Some of these pills or food substitutes are even dangerous. Remember you are trying to reach your perfect weight, but you want to protect your health as well.

Finally, anyone who follows these ten rules will be in good health and feel slim even when they age. A minimum effort is worth it! Of course, once you are fairly close to an ideal weight, you don’t have to be as strict about the rules. Now and then you can celebrate with friends and indulge even with alcohol and sweet desserts, but it should be a special occasion. A friend once said, “Don’t drink when you are sad or depressed. Don’t drink to become happy. Drink when you are elated and want to feel a little happier!”
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Length of the diet

Don’t fool yourself! It takes time to get down to healthy body weight. Try this diet for four to six weeks avoiding all forms of sugar, white flour, and alcohol without cheating. Keep a journal of your daily intake or at least number the days in your diary. That will make you feel proud of your accomplishments! Then after six weeks, when you see the positive results, you can start introducing small quantities of your favorite foods.

Measuring:

It is not always easy to get on the scales, particularly if you are traveling. And the settings may differ. I find it easier to have a measuring tape in my cosmetics bag. Once a week, I measure my hips. That is how I know if I have the right amount of body fat.

Rewards:

I promise you the transformation will be dramatic! You will love it, and so will your friends, spouses, or companions. With the money you save by NOT purchasing sweets, snacks, alcohol, diet pills, substitute foods, books, or online diet programs, you can buy a fantastic outfit for your now slim, trim body! And you can send me an e-mail to tell me how great you feel.

Best wishes and good luck!
Marianne
e-mail: marianne AT qualitytime-esl.com

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