Everyone knows diets can be difficult. We procrastinate, decide we'll just exercise more or promise ourselves we'll simply cut out the sweets or the booze. But the bottom line is, for real results there has to be a real plan. What is making things even trickier these days is the plethora of bizarre diets out there, too: the bacon-only diet, eat all the cookies you want, and the much-ballyhooed chicken parm-for-breakfast diet. I kid, of course, (even if I suspect on one or two of those is fairly close to an actual diet out there these days). Even so, finding the one that is right for you, and works for you, can be more difficult than staying on a diet in the first place. So here are some Facebook pages where your personal answers just may be: Photo: Facebook/EatThisNotThat
1. EatThisNotThat: This is a great place to start with what you should eat and what you shouldn't—it is better than just being told one or the other, which is so often the case with diets. This site even manages to extoll the virtues of grocery shopping at CVS of all places, highlighting 13 flat-belly foods that you can only buy there. A product line itself, Eat This does actually follow up those four words with actual plans... on the Facebook page, anyway. For instance, watermelon, yes; cantaloupe, no. The latter actually depletes a woman's sex drive, too. Good to know.
2. HealthyWeightLossTips4U: Their motto is "eat healthy, live happy." If only it were that simple. But, hey, it's a step in the right direction. Heavy on videos featuring not just the recipes but the sped-up making of the dishes, this Facebook page also takes the occasional detour into topics like yoga and chronic fatigue studies. Heck, another tip you can find on the page is that you shouldn't clean the sponge you use to clean your dishes—you should replace it weekly! You can't say they aren't upfront about the tips part.
3. Fighterdietrecipes: Maybe more Food Network than fitness, this is the place for the guy who knows his way around a kitchen to get into fighter shape and have a blast doing it. Some snacks necessitate only three ingredients... protein, :ily's choc chips and a small amount of mashed dates, for instance, to make a caramel filling. Or Fighterdiet Forrero Rocher: one scoop of Chocolate protein, 10g of coconut flour and 5g of almonds. Sure, there is always a canister of whey protein to be within reach, but the point is to use your own kitchen, make your own protein bars and be your own boss.
4. FitMenCook: Helmed by "Kevin" (aka Kevin Curry), FitMenCook is loaded with recipes, via both standard posts and video clips. He learned that "our bodies are built in the kitchen, but sculpted in the gym." When you stop and think about it, he's absolutely correct. Kevin has won numerous awards, and if you watch his vid for vegan BBQ pulled pork you begin to see why. His energy is contagious, and his recipes are gold. Again, here is a site dedicated to making delicious food that won't make you feel like you're starving yourself, plus no periods of actual starving yourself in between. That's amazing in this day-and-age of "fasting fads." So check him out—fast.