Basically, Bob has 20 nonnegotiable eating principles or rules that he says will guarantee quick weight loss. Being the total rule follower that I am, I wanted to see this list of rules. (I also love lists as you might have noticed if you've been around this site for a while.) While he calls them his Skinny Rules I don't think he's actually promoting the term skinny. I think this word has taken on its own meaning for being healthy, clean eating and fit. I am sharing Bob Harper's list not because I want to be skinny or I want readers to be skinny, but because I want to be healthy. I am sharing the list as a reminder for healthy habits and also for the diet jumpstart or weight loss jumpstart some folks might be looking for.
These are the rules he says we should strive to live by.
BOB HARPER'S SKINNY RULES
1. Drink a large glass of water BEFORE Every meal-No Excuses!
2. Don't Drink Your Calories
3. Eat Protien at EVERY Meal -or stay hungry & grouchy!
4. Slash Your Intake of Refined Flours & Grains
5. Eat 30-50 grams of FIBER per day!
6. Eat Apples & Berries Every single day- Yes, EVERY-SINGLE-DAY!
7. NO Carbs after Lunch ( eat 'lean & green' at night)
8 .Learn to Read Food Labels so You know what you are eating!
9. Stop Guessing about Portion Size & Get it Right-for good!
10. No more added sweetners-including artificial ones!
11. Get rid of White potatoes!
12. Make one day a week Meatless
13. Get rid of Fast foods & fried foods
14. Eat a REAL breakfast
15. Make Your own food and eat at least ten meals a week at home
16.. Banish High Salt Foods
17. Eat Your Vegetables-(no excuses)- Just DO it!
18.Go to bed hungry!
19. Sleep Right
20. Plan one splurge MEAL per week
So, there you have them. How do you do on the list? How many of these rules do you incorporate into your daily routine? These are nonnegotiable, remember? I think some of these will be easy to add to your day. Others might be more difficult depending on your current eating habits. Notice he is not setting a calorie limit on your day. He isn't even giving you lists of foods. This list might be the perfect set up for a Challenge!
Last night we had a meal for dinner that even Bob would have been proud of. Here's a healthy recipe that was a complete surprise.
I package of Italian Sausage ( I used hot Turkey Italian Sausage)
1 lb cooked shrimp (Mine still had the tails on and I was too lazy to remove them. You might want to do that for your family!)
1 bag pre-cut butternut squash
1 bunch asparagus, washed and cut into bite size portions
Use whatever vegetables you have on hand and like!
Preheat Oven to 400. Spray a cookie sheet with olive oil spray. Arrange vegetables on pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper and garlic powder. Cook until slightly browned.
While cooking, saute Italian Sausage in a pan until cooked through. Remove from pan and cover.
Wipe down pan with a paper towel.
Add a little olive oil drizzle to the pan. Add shrimp and season with garlic powder, lemon pepper and pepper. Cook until pink.
Remove cover from sausage and slice the sausage into bite size pieces. Add the cooked shrimp and cooked shrimp. Add the vegetables and toss.
Serve from your big bowl and make everyone happy!
This is my true story from this dinner. I served bowls for my family. When I dished out the Third Son's bowl, The Husband said he would NEVER eat all of that food and it would be wasted. He wanted me to take some of the food out of his bowl. I refused because I'm the mama and I know my babies. Well, the Third Son ate THREE helpings. There was nothing left in my serving bowl after dinner. Love it when Mama is right! I'm just saying . . . .
Hope you have a GREAT weekend! Are you ready for some football? I don't know about you but this house surely is!
What are your weekend and Labor Day plans? Will you be following Bob's list over the Holiday? Do you feel as if Summer is finally winding down now that its Labor Day? Always makes me a little sad to see it go . . . .
Have a Safe and Healthy Holiday!