I don't think I'm alone when I tell you that I hate the word diet. It has kind of a negative connotation to it. A restrictive connotation. A "you are no longer allowed to eat this, that, or this other deliciously yummy thing" connotation.
About a week and a half ago, Regan pointed me towards this post on Oh My That's Awesome. Despite the word "diet" being in the title of The Abs Diet for Women, I felt compelled to order a copy IMMEDIATELY. A constant stream of free food of the cake/donut/cookie variety at work has made everything in my closet a bit on the snug side. I needed to do SOMETHING, and I thought this book just might give me the kick I needed.
I would love to tell you that this "diet" lives up to all that it claims, but I've only been on it for a week and a half. What I can tell you is that it's been easy for me to stick to. It took a little bit of planning at first (3 trips to the store in two days), but once my kitchen was stocked with abs friendly foods, it became a lot easier. I'm not counting any points, or calculating any calories, and I'm eating more meals throughout the day (3 full meals and 3 snacks), but I'm probably eating less. I've brought my lunch almost every day since I've started this thing, and on the days that I haven't, I've made healthier choices. I actually TURNED DOWN some brownies and lemon squares last week. Since I don't own a scale, I'm not sure if I've actually shed any pounds, but the fact that I'm eating healthier and making better food choices makes me think this is probably a good thing regardless. (I'm still trying to figure out if my pants feeling a bit looser is due to the 3% spandex or the "diet".)
Also, I just ate a skinny cow for my last snack of the day. I'm on a diet and I ATE ICE CREAM. That's absolutely fabulous, if you ask me.