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
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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 )
The 3 meals does get easier, and you can make it work for you if you NEED to. On days that I do an intense morning workout, I prefer to have a very small snack mid-morning. That's only because my stomach is growling and to wait 3 more hours for lunch would be cruel.
I originally lost 3 lbs on No S, but am pretty much back at starting weight. I am a healthy BMI to start with. 31 years old, 5'6", 140 lbs. I love No S and it's helped me in more ways than I can count!
This book is incredible. Yes, the idea is simple, but I think that's what makes it so incredible. I have only been doing this for 10 days and my food thoughts are pretty much gone. It's common sense and sustainable. Recommended for anyone with disordered eating.
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.
The concept is great and works for me (over 60, sedentary, BMI 31+). The book outlines the concept clearly and with humor, answers a variety of possible questions, and gives you something to read while you are building your habit. Because that's what it is really about: building a sustainable habit of moderation. No recipes, no magic foods, no products or gimmicks, no counting of anything but plates of food. I have been doing No-S for nearly 3 months, losing about 5 pounds a month comfortably and sanely, and I couldn't be happier. Give it a try!