1. Drink Water First
Although this doesn’t seem like rocket science, it makes a huge difference.
Drink a full glass of water before each meal. This will help stretch your stomach and prepare it for eating. It will also start the signaling process that lets your brain know that you should stop eating.
Throughout the day, keep drinking water. Americans are chronically dehydrated. Your urine’s color should be clear or very light yellow. That’s when you know you have hydrated enough. (Diabetics see note below)
What should you drink?
Only water. Stop drinking soft drinks, alcohol, juices, and anything else that isn’t water. Everything else is full of calories. Especially, alcohol. It’s not the sugar that sweetens the drink, the alcohol itself is full of calories.
What about diet soft drinks?
Stop drinking diet pop. Although diet pop has no calories, it still contains sodium. Sodium (salt) is why a lot of us retain water and retain extra pounds. Try to eliminate extra sources of sodium from your diet. You will notice your weight decline. See our sodium chapter.
Note: Diabetics urine may always look clear, even when they are dehydrated.
2. Eat One Third
The whole point of the Alo Diet is to avoid counting calories as much as possible. You should be able to eat as much as you want and to your satisfaction, as long as you eat the right things. However, if you are having problems losing weight and are not making any progress, you can follow the rule of one third.
If you simply take what you normally eat at each meal, and eat only one third of it. You will lose weight. If you want to count calories, eat only one third of your average. You will lose weight. If you don’t want to count calories, fill up your plate, as you normally would, then eat only one third of it. It’s that easy.
3. Wait Twenty Minutes
Waiting twenty minutes allows the stomach to tell the brain that it is full. It takes about twenty minutes for that signal to reach the brain and tell you to that you are full.
4. If you are still hungry, go back and eat another third
After waiting the twenty minutes, if you are still hungry, you can go back and eat another small serving. You should go back and eat one third or less. Wait twenty minutes, then repeat the process. Allow your body time to realize that it is full.
5. No Eating After 7 PM
The whole idea is to sleep on an empty stomach. It takes about 3 hours for your stomach to empty (diabetics take longer). Food will still be in your intestines, but the stomach is what releases the weight gain hormones. You want your stomach to be completely empty.
If you really feel hungry after 7PM, have some tea, drink a full glass of water, a handful of almonds, a cheese stick, or slice of turkey bacon. Avoid late night carbohydrates at all costs.
6. Eat Small, Frequent Meals
Further, every time you eat, your body ramps up metabolism. You want to keep your metabolism elevated. Fasting and starvation in between meals causes your body to turn down metabolism, which leads to weight gain and weight storage.