It is one of the first truths we ever learn: we don’t like being held accountable to rules. We learn that when we chafe under our parents’ rules. It appears often as if the more rules we are made to knuckle down under, the more we want to break them. Sometimes, that doesn’t have to be such a bad thing. As it is with certain weight loss diet plans. In some cases, the secret to losing weight could actually lie in breaking certain rules. Most weight loss diet plans for instance strictly rule out special treats like sweets. But they just found out in a study published in the International Journal of Obesity: people who know how to loosen their grip on the leash a little bit without entirely letting go have an overall better rate of success with their slimming plans than people who try to strictly follow them. Weight-loss experts have known about breaking the rules a long time. Here’s where you learn what they know about rule breaking.
Let’s say that you are a busy working mother. Your diet plan asks you to make sure that you divide up your meal plan intoto five small meals a day. What you do know for a fact is that you don’t have the time to prepare one healthy meal, leave alone five. The reason they ask you to divide your meals up is that they hope that this will keep you from wanting to go get a smack in the middle; and they hope that it will keep your blood sugar levels steady to eat several times during the day. On a practical level, what you do know is that the more times you get to eat, the more opportunities you have to overeat. What you can do instead is to just eat the two or three meals a day that you have the time for, but to make sure that you include lots of fiber so that you stay filled for longer.
Okay, so you want to eat fiber. Only, there is a little problem with that. The kind of foods you are used to eating just happen to be white – bread and pasta made of white flour for instance. Can’t you go on eating what you’ve eaten always? Would you believe that people who eat refined stuff aren’t necessarily much thinner than the people who religiously stay away from it? All you need to do is make sure that half of all your carbs come from whole grains. For the rest of it, you can feel welcome to treat yourself to whatever refined foods you want. It doesn’t really make that much of a difference.
And finally, how about those annoying rules that weight-loss diet plans try to make you follow about not eating past 8 PM at night. If busy professionals follow that rule, they wouldn’t eat at night at all. This rule just comes from a misunderstood metabolic principle. We could eat any time of the day or night and our bodies wouldn’t really handle the calories any differently. What matters is that we don’t eat too much when it’s late. If you like to eat a normal sized meal late at night, you should be just fine. Eating a very large meal late at night, now that’s a different matter.
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