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Weight Loss Diet Tip Through Addition and Subtraction?

I’m going to make this weight loss diet tip short and sweet.

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Notice the Slim Fast? Don't add that…ever.

It’s actually more than a tip, it’s something I actually want you to do and then tell me about your plan.

For the next week, I want you to add something good for you that you don’t normally eat to your daily diet and I want you to subtract something bad.

It doesn’t have to be a huge, ground shaking diet change, anything will do BUT you have to do something.

For example, if you don’t normally eat raspberries, eat some every day this week and if you drink pop every day, take it out (or at the very least subtract from your daily total if you drink multiple servings).

Or, if you don’t normally eat asparagus or broccoli, rotate them for the next week (eating broccoli one day and asparagus the next) and if you normally eat out for lunch, pack a lunch.

There are some obvious rules to this – the item you add has to be a fruit or vegetable and it can’t be juice…it has to be the actual piece of fruit or vegetable, yes I’m making you chew and digest food.

And obviously what you subtract has to be something you shouldn’t be consuming on a regular basis anyway, like pop (soda), “coffee drinks” (mocha frappa mucho grande lattes), fast food (doesn’t matter what you order, remove it), etc.

I’m going to participate in this as well.

I’m pretty bad about getting enough vegetables in and the easiest way for me to do that is to have a big lettuce and spinach salad for lunch every day and add broccoli to it, in addition to some protein in the form of nuts and chicken/turkey breast.

I’m going to subtract potato chips.  For some reason I’ve been eating chips with lunch over the past few weeks and I need to stop that.

I could blame it on Andrea, but she doesn’t force me to eat the things.  Actually I should blame it on Maren because she’s the one who asks for the Cheetos and I’m only too happy to oblige.

We can blame our kids for some weight gain, but you don't have to resort to this to get back at them

We can blame our kids for some weight gain, but you don't have to resort to this to get back at them

One way or another, I think we can all blame our kids for a little weight gain and poor eating.

All I’m asking (or telling) is for you to make 2 very small changes for 1 teeny, tiny week.  There is no excuse in the big book of excuses that can be used to shoot this request down.

It’s just too easy to do…now you just have to do it!

All it takes is baby steps…small changes over the course of a few weeks make a huge difference, but you have to be consistent with it.

Plus if you can do this for a week, it will be very easy to make those small changes permanent.

So what do you think?  Are you up for it?

You can do it.  I know you can.

Have a great day!

Ed Scow

P.S. – Let me know what your additions and subtractions will be for the week by leaving your comments below.  It helps to be held accountable and sometimes just letting someone else know is all the motivation you need to keep yourself in check.

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