Add A Carrot Diet
The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.
Is it possible that consistent moderate weight loss could
reliably result from a diet as simple as eating more carrots?
The basic rule of this diet is to add a carrot (varied with
other low calorie "rabbit-food") at or near the beginning of
every meal. Why should this work? This works because a bulky
carrot at or near the meal's beginning leaves no room in the
stomach at the meal's end for the extra ice-cream or cheesecake.
That saves perhaps 500 calories a day, which translates to a
weight loss of about a pound a week.
The same result could be obtained by consuming any other
low-calorie vegetable, singly or in combination: radishes,
cucumbers, turnips, jicama, zucchini, tomatoes, celery,
mushrooms, dill pickles, etc. Low-calorie vegetable juices from
your own juicer or from the market would also produce the same
results. Soup is another possibility, provided it is
low-calorie, like a consomme. Even plain water at the beginning
of a meal will tend to create a full feeling in the stomach
sooner in the meal. This will reduce the amount of food consumed
at the end.
|One vital ingredient in most successful weight loss programs is the image in your mind of a slimmer you.|
Getting Started on Your Add-A-Carrot Diet. (1)Stock up on
low-calorie food items, avoiding those specific foods, perhaps
broccoli, which you remember Mom trying hard to get you to eat,
and (2)Create a reward system for yourself, perhaps small shells
on a kitchen shelf, such that a new shell appears on that shelf
every time you eat a bulky low-calorie food at or near the
beginning of a meal. (For more about rewards, see Appendix E.)
At the end of a week, count the number of shells.
This add-a-carrot diet will not work if psychological problems,
lack of exercise or addictive food allergies cause your
overweight difficulties. It likely will be effective if your
extra pounds are primarily the result of poor habits.You have
nothing to lose, however, from the attempt at such a diet. An
added benefit is that this diet can help to change your eating
patterns in the direction of lower-fat, higher-fiber food items.
Most overweight people have high-fat eating patterns that need
changing no matter what else causes their overweight conditions.
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