Here's what hasn't worked for me:
- Saying, "I'm trying to cut back on meat." For me, the guideline has to be specific and rigid, like the 6 pm cut-off. It's easy to do every day, instead of trying to define daily what 'less meat' actually means.
- Dieting by deprivation. I, like many of my generation, have tried more soup diets than I can name. I've tried the milk-and-bananas, the cabbage, the slim-fast. They work, for a time, but they're not fun. I already do a lot of things that aren't fun. So food deprivation is out.
- Giving up any food completely (unless I don't like it). If I want to eat something, I'm going to eat it. The question here, is when. Can I wait until 6 pm to eat meat/dairy/eggs? Let's find out!