We often say that PGX helps any diet work better, and we’ve even got a free weight loss program by best-selling weight loss author Julia Griggs Havey that’s guaranteed to help you lose 20 pounds or more if you follow her guidelines. But the question still comes up: is there a ‘perfect diet’?
Every day we all hear and see ads for the latest and greatest diet plan devised by someone who claims to have uncovered the real secret to weight loss. It usually involves buying a book, special food, a DVD …
Guess what? You don’t need cash to lose weight. But if you are tempted to try a new diet, here are some rules that you should never be asked to break:
Rule #1: Never skip breakfast. Your mother wasn’t lying when she said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After a long night's sleep, your body needs the fuel to get your metabolism going and give you energy for the rest of the day. People who skip breakfast tend to overeat on morning snacks, or eat a super-sized lunch with high calories. Eating a breakfast high in protein and fiber can help reduce hunger cravings later in the day.
Rule #2: Eat at least three meals a day. Whether it’s the basic breakfast, lunch and dinner, or four to five mini-meals throughout the day, it’s important to eat every couple hours. Regular meals keep your metabolism going and also help keep you feeling full. So if you’re thinking of skipping lunch in order to save room for a big dinner, don’t. You’re more likely to overeat at night, the time of day when you are likely winding down and need less fuel to function.
Rule #3: Try and eat foods from every food group at each meal. Proteins, carbs, fruits and vegetables; you need them all. This also includes some fats and oils too. Your body needs fats to function properly. Just remember to eat the right kinds of fats, which are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
And if you need help getting past your cravings for a specific food (for example, ice cream), you can always turn to Julia, who has maintained a 130-pound weight loss (without surgery) and who over the last 10+ years has helped people lose an estimated 1.5 million pounds.