Saturday, January 7, 2012

Beer for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

Lots of people are on diets after the holidays, and I'm no exception.  I've tried every one of them, too, and the only one I was really successful on was Weight Watchers.  The only problem is, you have to keep a food diary, and I really don't have that kind of time right now. 

But I'm not completely doomed to never losing weight.  Another tried and true that as worked for me is lettuce for lunch.  I eat a really big salad (from the generic iceberg bag from Wegmans -- a 99 cent special) and I'm pretty much set to go.  So far in the past year I've lost 25 pounds on this method.  I went off of it for the summer, but now I'm back at it.  I hope to lose another 15-20 pounds, and if I'm good I know I can do it.

I find myself reading all the AOL diet success stories.  This person lost 100 pounds by cutting out soda and french fries.  Another lost 150 pounds by doing that AND giving up something else.  Ya know, I don't drink soda.  (I mostly drink water and fat-free milk.)  I hardly ever eat fast food.  I don't eat bags of chips or cookies, either.  (I try to keep that kind of stuff out of the house because if it's there, it'll get eaten.)  I guess my problem is portion control.  I've been working on that, too.  But it takes a l-o-n-g time for me to lose weight.  I've been wrestling with the same 3-4 pounds for months now. (They're on, they're off.  They're on, they're off.)  But I'm determined.  I've even starting seriously exercising. (Although all I seem to be doing is adding muscle weight.)

So I'm really fascinated by author Joe Konrath going on an all-beer diet.  Yup.  If Trappist monks can do it, why can't he, he figures.  (They give up food for lent and subsist entirely on beer for the entire 40 days.)  He's got all basis covered heath wise.  And guess what?  He's making a documentary and then he'll write a book.  (And probably make a fortune.)  You can read all about his diet here.

Have you ever gone on a crazy diet before?