Most people who turn away from or fall off of the Somersize eating plan do so, not because they feel deprived or are starving, but because they don't understand the plan. Unlike most other eating programs, which restrict a lot of different foods from the diet, the Somersize program does not. It also doesn't mean that the amount of food consumed has to fit inside a thimble. In fact, the program insists that people eat three meals a day as well as enjoy healthy snacks. It also suggests that people eat until they feel full so that they will not be tempted to snack too much or on the wrong things between meals. The problem, if one occurs, usually stems from the fact that people make the food combinations for complicated than they really are. Following the steps below will help to make certain that the right foods are consumed.
Things You'll Need
- A copy of any Somersize program outline
Decide whether you plan to eat at home or go out for dinner for your Somersize meal. Either way, it is easy to find the right foods to choose by following the steps below.
Remember your food choices for which ever Somersize level you are on. On level one, you must avoid foods high in sugar or starch ( like white flour, potatoes and corn), as well as drinks containing caffeine or alcohol. On level two, however, you can eat "some" of those foods in small quantities occasionally.
Decide if you want to eat a protein and fat meal or a carbohydrate meal, keeping in mind that you can eat vegetables with either type of meal. Protein and fat meals include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, oil, butter and cheese. Carbohydrate meals include whole-grain foods like pastas, cereals and breads as well as nonfat dairy products. Don't interchange foods from both types of meals or you will cause an imbalance in your metabolism. If you want both meat and pasta on any given day, that is fine. Simply choose to eat one choice for lunch and the other for dinner. However, make certain that you have left at least two and one-half to three hours in between the meals. If you are eating out for the meal, request that fats like butter not be used on your foods. Also ask for substitutions if the menu item mixes proteins and fats with carbohydrates. These days most restaurants are more than willing to comply since they know that many of their customers are becoming more health conscious. If that isn't possible for some reason, just try to avoid excess fats that might cause an imbalance. With your next meal, go back to the usual routine. Do not sweat minor imbalances. They will occur from time to time. Just don't let them throw you off each and every meal.
Choose to eat fruits alone, on an empty stomach whenever possible. This will prevent this food group from causing bloating and gas. However, keep in mind that if a small amount of all fruit jelly, jam, or sauce is involved in a recipe that you really want to try, that's OK. This will only cause a slight imbalance. Don't worry about it. Just don't indulge in this practice at every meal.
Use the Somersize recipes that are available in any Somersize eating plan outline for the level that you are in. That way, you don't have to worry about the food mixture because it is all done for you. Just the practice of preparing these recipes will also get you into the swing of the program so that you can create your own recipes.
Stay in level one until you have lost all of the weight that want. Then move on to level two. It is perfectly all right to remain in level one for as long as you want if you are comfortable with the foods within that group. The program will in no way hurt you. However, if you want more variety in foods, level two will provide that for you while still helping you to maintain the weight you have achieved. If you get too far off your goal weight, switch back into level one until you drop the extra pounds and then switch back to level two again on a more cautious routine. It won't take long for you to determine which of those foods (sugar, starch, caffeine or alcohol) cause you the most problems so that you can avoid them in excess.
Never totally deprive yourself of the foods that you love. If you really, really want a brownie or a glass of wine, then have it. Depriving yourself of everything that you love all of the time, is exactly what makes dieting a problem rather than a solution. If you break your eating program for something that you love, then just revert back to level one for a few days to work the imbalance through your system and get right back on track.
Plan your meals out in advance if possible. This will make it possible for you to make certain you have sufficient variety in your diet. It will also make it easier when you go grocery shopping.
Tips & Warnings
- Eliminating funky foods from your diet forces your body to convert your fat resources into glucose that will give you more energy.
- Use sugar substitutes like Splenda, Stevia and Somersweet instead of the real thing in both levels, as much as possible.
- Always opt for whole wheat pastas, whole wheat and multi-grain rices, multi-grain breads and multi-grain cereals because they are simply more healthy overall.
- Drink lots of water because it always helps to purify the body, moisturize skin and hair and assist in digestion.
- Drinks should be sugar-free and decaffeinated.
- Eliminate white, brown, and raw sugar as well as syrup, sucrose, fructose, molasses and honey, except for the sugar-free variety.
- Avoid NutraSweet as a sugar substitute because of aspertane which causes its own set of problems.
- Eliminate starches like white or seminola flour, white pasta and rice, corn (and popcorn), potatoes (including sweet potatoes and pumpkin), and winter squashes (like butternut and accorn).
- Limit soda intake because of the chemicals and preservatives.
- Don't drink too much with your meal since liquids can dilute your stomach's acids and cause a slow down in digestion.
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