The No S Diet: The Strikingly Simple Weight-Loss Strategy That Has DietersRaving--and Dropping Pounds (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/3/4
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No Snacks. No Sweets. No Seconds.*
*Except on days that start with S (Saturdays, Sundays, and Special days).
Developed by a problem-solving software engineer who was tired of diets that are too hard to stick with, The No-S Diet has attracted a passionate following online thanks to its elegant simplicity-and its results. Unlike fad diets based on gimmicks that lead to short-term weight-loss followed by backsliding and failure, The No-S Diet is a maintainable life plan that reminds us of the commonsense, conscious way we all know we should be eating.
The book offers readers the tips, tricks, techniques and testimonials they'll need to stick with No-S for life
Reinhard Engels is a software engineer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ben Kallen is a health and nutrition writer with 15 years of experience.
I think we all know that most diets will work (at weight loss at least, if not achieving health), if you can stick to it FOREVER, and ONLY if its forever. That's the hard part. I KNOW I cant count calories, carbs, points or fat grams forever, because I have tried - and failed. I know I cant only eat bacon and eggs, or fruit and vegetables, or only white foods, or low glycemic index forever, because I've tried and failed at that too. I also know I cant carb cycle, stick to (or even understand diets with phases) or assess the macro's for every bite - forever.
With the No S Diet, you don't have to, and not only that, it confirms for me the suspicion that Ive always had when attempting these diets, that its all just a bit silly. Its incredibly weird to insist 'I'm on a diet' while adding butter and Splenda to your coffee and shunning a banana. If you ignore all the diet gurus who explain all the latest science behind 'butter good, banana bad' and just think about it, we know that's strange, right?!
So, the No S Diet. Its not actually a diet, and that's why it can be done FOREVER. Its just a few simple, simple food rules. No snacks, no sweets and no seconds. You can still have crumbed chicken and mashed potatoes with the family - its just not having a second helping and finishing off the kids leftovers while you load the dishwasher. Its that simple. You also don't have to freak out about how much sugar is in your pasta sauce - no sweets simply means no Obvious Sweets. Nothing you instantly recognize as a sweet treat, so that's no home baking, cookies, ice cream, chocolate etc, easy to identify and no cause for concern. No snacking....That one seems like it might be difficult, but its surprisingly not - and I LOVE to snack. Its astounding how quickly your mind accepts that snacking is not an option once you simply decide that meals are it.
There are possibly two points that people coming off dictatorial diets might struggle with. Firstly, not being told what to eat. It like they fear that left to their own devices they will become malnourished within hours. I think this is a result of all that exposure to 'high science diets'. We become convinced that intricacies of nutrition is a life and death matter on a daily basis. Trust yourself to put enough of the good stuff on your plate to stay alive ;) Secondly, portion control. My first thought was, 'I can fit a lot onto one plate'. But the author is correct - shame really is a great watch dog. If your meal is the same size as your 6ft farmer husband (as mine is), you're gonna feel REALLY embarrassed.
Its just so simple and easily achievable (although I doubt it will be fast, but that's ok when the results are permanent) its astounding. I think in todays dieting culture, we expect a whole bunch of 'science' to surround a weight loss approach - there are even diets that start with a blood test and dole out hormones! Its just not necessary. Its not sustainable, and because of that it DOESNT WORK. We just need to eat less - that's it, and these simple rules are a methodology for achieving, and maintaining forever, just that. That's all it is, and its genius.
(And then there's the weekends, when you can happily get your bake on and have a slice of brownie if you like, guilt free :D )
It's not a quick fix weightloss program but I did eventually lose 40 lbs. I really didn't believe I could lose weight anymore so this has been astonishing in itself. Still the best part of NoS for me has been the peace it's given me with food. No more constant obsessing and when you can see very clearly you're not overeating, it's a big boost to your confidence level even before you lose a single pound.
So if you're at the end of your rope with diets, I highly recommend NoS. it's not hard like other diets because there's no unusual foods or starvation required but it does take trust & commitment to the process so not for anyone looking for a quick fix.
These habits and routines fit into my life and simplify eating for me. Three meals a day, only what fits on one plate. Try to make them healthy. Nothing else. The first few weeks were hardest, because my body was used to eating ALL. THE. TIME. Now I think my appetite is back to normal, so I only think about food at mealtimes.
I like to cook and eat, so losing weight while eating good food is a win-win for me. For those who don't need to lose, I think maintenance on this diet would be simple and clear. Bon appetit!