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"Unconventional Tips”
January 27th, 2007 by Anna

These tips work well because almost every tip is focused around completing a small goal. In my opinion, to stay motivated and lose a significant amount of weight, you should complete many goals in a short period of time.

10 Unconventional Diet Tips: How to lose 50 pounds in three months – lifehack.org

Follow the link above to find 10 tips for weight loss written by a guy at LifeHack.org who lost 50 pounds in 3 months. That’s a lot of weight really fast, by the way. More than four pounds a week? Wow. I heard somewhere that you shouldn’t lose more than 1% of your body weight per week. That’s where the often-heard 1 to 2 pounds a week comes in. Now, I’m excited for the guy, and lucky him that he’ll never have pregnancy to slam the weight back on again. But I digress.

The ten tips are great. He calls them unconventional because he never heard them before but he must have never looked for a real diet before.

  1. Buy a digital scale. Well, okaaaaay. To me that’s a given. He suggests getting a scale that’s accurate to .2 pounds (that’s American pounds, obviously). I agree with this, just never thought to call it a tip. You kinda need a scale if you’re going to track your progress…
  2. Weigh yourself everyday. I guess this is unconventional because most official weight loss places say weekly. I’ve always weighed daily. I think SparkPeople recommend dailly. Most “normal people” weight loss suggestions recommend daily. This makes more sense to me because you can get a feel for your trend.
  3. Drink 8 glasses of water everyday. He suggests that not just for basic health reasons but because the water makes you feel more full. Again, not unconventional to me, but certainly a good tip.
  4. Make your diet public. I hear this a lot and again, I think this is a biggie. Some people will try to sabotogue your diet. Some people will try to help. But regardless, just letting people know holds you accountable. When you’re staring at the candy machine and three people in the break room know you’re supposedly dieting… well, you tend to do the right thing more often than not. Or at least pause to think about it.
  5. Don’t diet on the weekends. Okay THIS one is is unconventional, I think. The only other suggestion similar to this is from One Phat Man who ate what he wanted on Fridays only. The guy on LifeHack takes two days off. With all the problems I’ve had lately trying to get back to me again, I may just allow this. Better two days than seven…
  6. Don’t sacrifice your life for your diet. This is basically saying to allow yourself to indulge on special events so you don’t feel deprived. Good advice, but that’s what SparkPeople and Weight Watchers are both about. Eat healthy but allow yourself those indulgences in moderation.
  7. Make the small changes. This is another biggie for both SparkPeople and Weight Watchers. Making some steps to be healthier. Changing habits a little at a time. A great tip, but not “unconventional.”
  8. Gain perspective by understanding the fractions. Umm.. what? Okay, I get it… Consider that this time that you’re dieting is only a tiny portion of your entire life and it will keep you motivated because of what great things you’re doing. Hadn’t heard this with this spin, but I disagree mostly because for me, I don’t believe in traditional dieting at all. His point of view says you’re going to stop dieting. I believe you need to make healthy changes and stick to those changes – forever. Heck, that’s been my whole problem lately. So… yeah, I don’t think this one was a good tip.
  9. Rationalize your workouts. He does the fraction thing again. Points out that 1/2 an hour at the gym is only 2% of a 24 hour day. But I’ll buy that one.
  10. Have a red flag weight. Yeah, NOW we’re talking! I don’t call it a red flag weight. I call it “critical mass.” But basically it’s the max weight that I ever want to reach. Of course right now I’d just like to BE critical mass again, but that’s not the point.

So there are his ten tips. Unconventional or otherwise. He also goes on to say that he basically followed the Weight Watchers plan and invites people to offer other tips in the comments. Darn, someone already mentioned SparkPeople in comments. Lots of great additional tips and of course he elaborates on his own tips more than I did. So I thought I’d share.


2 Responses  
  • Kyle Pott writes:
    January 27th, 20075:30 pmat

    Hi Anna,

    Thank you very much for the post about my article. I really love your honesty about the cycles of weight loss you’ve gone through. I also love that you maintain this Web site. I regret that when I lost my weight I didn’t track exactly what food I ate. I would have loved to publish it (similar to what you have here at On My Weigh).

    I wanted to make one point that I whole heartily agree with you on and that is that eating healthy is a lifestyle. In my article I do allude to the notion that a diet ends. This is not what I wanted to do. Although my diet is “over” I have made major changes in my eating habits and lifestyle. I made the joke on January 4th (one year since I started my diet) that I have been on a diet for 365 days. The diet never ends for me — its just not so intense.

    I will be writing more about this in a follow up article that I will post on Lifehack.org a week from this Wednesday. My new lifestyle includes dieting Monday through Thursday.

    Thanks again for the post and good luck in your dieting. Stay motivated and keep writing!

    -Kyle Pott
    Associate Editor, Lifehack.org

  • Anna writes:
    January 27th, 20077:33 pmat

    Hello, Kyle! On a re-read of my own entry, I seem to harp a little much on whether a given tip was really “unconventional” and I hope you’ll forgive me if I ever came of sounding at all tacky. It was 2am and I really should have been in bed.

    Glad to hear you really do consider this a life style change and I look forward to reading your follow up article!

    Congratulations on the weight loss! And thank you for sharing your tips!


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