doesn’t have to be a hassle.
The No “S” Diet The gist
here is simple: Eliminate sweets, seconds, and snacks—except on days that start
with “S” and any special days (holidays, birthdays, anniversaries…you get the
idea). Even if you pile your plate high during weekday meals, the No “S” Diet
should still work because you’re getting rid of all the junk that typically
throws off your healthy-eating game. Dying for dessert? You only have to hold
off until the weekend.
Can “Cheat Days” Help You Lose
The Small-Plate Diet
Weird fact: The average dinner plate size has increased from about 9 inches in
diameter to about 12 inches in the last century. And guess what? The bigger your
plate, the more grub you end up piling on top—by as much as 25 percent,
according to a study from Cornell University. The Small Plate Movement suggests
eating your largest meal of the day off of a 9 to 10-inch plate for one month.
The likely result: You’ll cut down your consumption simply because you’re
working with less tabletop real estate.
Vegan Until Dinner
Another way to cut out junk without completely depriving yourself: Try eating
only vegan foods until dinnertime, then you’re allowed whatever you’d like. This
plan worked for New York Times food writer Mark Bittman, who lost 35
pounds in four months–plus cut down his cholesterol and blood sugar levels–when
he switched to the plant-heavy diet. He’s recorded his experiences in a book
called Vegan Before 6:00, which will be out in April.