The saying goes “if it’s too good to be true, than it probably is,” and that would definitely apply here. Even if you managed to find a diet suggesting the ability to eat as much as you like, the chances of it actually working are slim to none. Successful dieting takes a degree of discipline and will power. Without those you cannot expect to lose weight.
You can find a diet where you don’t have to sacrifice taste or quantity, depending on which is more important for you in particular. However, if your goal is to actually lose weight you should expect some degree of sacrificing. Keep in mind that your caloric intake is what increases and decreases body weight, and there are foods in which the calories are easier to burn and not fatty at all. You could eat as much as you like with certain foods, to an extent. One really good example of this concept, that I have found success with, is the Dukan Diet.
The Dukan Diet is a somewhat new plan that gives you a list of 100 ‘safe foods’ which you can, in theory, eat to your heart’s content. Now, again, common sense should be used here, of course. The foods on the list are high in protein and other vital nutrients but low in fat and carbohydrates. The list is full of delicious things like: Shrimp, lobster, veal, chicken, asparagus, spinach, tomato, and list goes on. That was just seven items on a 100 item list, though there are a few factors in this diet which should be researched further before deciding that this is the diet for you. This is just the closet example of an ‘eat as much as you like’ diet that I know is effective when initiated properly.
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Eating Fewer Carbs
Another example of a diet with a similar ‘all you can eat’ approach is the Atkins Diet. Admittedly, I do not favor this particular diet, though there are some very good ideas within it that do help those who aren’t ready to make a huge change in the amounts of food they eat. Nobody wants to be hungry all day. Hunger in dieting will usually end with failure. The Atkins Diet is based on the idea that by eating fewer carbs your body is forced to burn fat for its ‘fuel.’ This is one of the reasons I both like and dislike this particular diet. Atkins will tell you that you should be eating mostly protein, fat, and fiber. I disagree with that fat part. If your goal is to burn fat then adding more into your body seems like a backwards step. On the other hand, eating mostly protein, fiber, and very few carbs, which is similar to the Dukan Diet, is an easy way to get your three balanced meals daily without having to starve yourself.
Some may say these types of diets are risky and indulgent. Though if it keeps you from binging after a week on a diet that leaves you hungry all day than the risk may just be worth a try. They say hungry people don’t lose weight mainly because when you are used to being full making a drastic change in your diet can be more risky and even unhealthy. If you are the type that needs that full feeling you should give certain aspects of the discussed diets above a shot. You might be surprised.
by Ashleigh Nicole