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The Totally Fad Free Diet

Fad diets are dead. People are sick and tired of trying whimsical diets and gaining weight back; or worse, having medical complications resulting from a general lack of balance.

People want to be satisfied with a life long plan and still lose weight. Is this possible? Can people enjoy foods they love and still be a healthy eater?

Dr. Abby Aronowitz, author of Your Final Diet offers up seven new, sometimes surprising, rules for finding your ideal weight in modern times:

1) Incorporate "naughty" foods into meals.
2) Figure out a weekly caloric limit loosely based on daily figures suggested by the USDA, one that feels comfortable to your individual needs.
3) Begin replacing foods containing artificial ingredients with all natural alternatives.
4) Satisfy compulsive eating by sticking to one food; preferably a low calorie, crunchy carbohydrate.
5) Eat whatever you want,
6) Try responding to signals of hunger and fullness appropriately.
7) Cope well with emotional issues. If you don't know how, get into therapy.
Dr. Abby says these rules can help people to find their ideal weight and stay there forever.

“Permission is finally granted to eat whatever is craved, since this diet offers flexibility, control and satisfaction. There is no need to go off the diet since whatever is desired is allowed!”

Dr. Abby's recipe for dieting success creates truly individualized plans. She believes that you can achieve a compromise between eating with abandon and effectively managing preferred foods.

Her three key steps are as follows:

1. Write down everything you eat in a week.
2. Figure out how many calories were in a satisfying portion of each; not the "recommended serving size," but a portion designed for human consumption.
3. Make a menu for the week based on your choice for a reasonable weekly calorie count.

Dr. Abby says that USDA guidelines suggest that most adults can have between 12,600 - 21,000 calories per week, ranging from a fairly sedentary woman (1800 calories per day) to a fairly active man (3000 calories per day).

Incorporating "forbidden foods" into meals assures conscious, accurate calorie counts and might prevent inappropriate binge eating later.

. Here's a log of someone’s first day's food using this plan.

Van's all natural whole grain waffle with a scoop and a half of regular, all natural ice cream ( 325 calories).

A cup of chicken vegetable soup with a bunch of Garden of Eatin' sesame blue chips and Newman's Own salsa (450 calories).

Local seafood, farm fresh corn on the cob, a magnificent salad and dinner roll all of which weighed in at 450 calories. A desert medley of mango, peach and nectarines flavored with hazelnut liqueur and cinnamon, layered with real chocolate pudding and topped with authentic whipped cream was 250 calories.

A couple of glasses of wine (200 calories) brought the day’s total to 1675; smack inside the target zone for successful weight management for an average woman!

What was the breakdown?

Protein came from seafood, chicken soup and dairy, fiber and complex carbohydrates came from the soup, salad, corn, fruit and waffle, and calcium was in the pudding, ice cream and whipped cream. Fats were all natural, and there were no potentially damaging artificial chemicals whatsoever, such as partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and other polysyllabic engineering feats. Sugar was always mixed with protein and fat, which prevents blood sugar from spiking. Fiber, volume and protein kept appetite at bay.

If you find that on a particularly stressful day you need to binge, here’s a great coping strategy.

Choose a crunchy low calorie carbohydrate snack like Pirate's Booty, which floods the brain with serotonin and calms people down without doing much damage.

You might become so full after polishing off the entire bag that you decide to skip a meal. This is fine, and naturally compensates for the calories. If not, don't worry about it. There is no need for beating yourself up since calories are minor, and will barely make a dent in the week's total.

In modern times, you need to learn how to cope with work demands, lifestyle, and foods that are available.

Dr. Abby says, "You can do it, without obsessing about fat and body image. You just need to learn the rules."