I have a couple of Brazilian friends doing the low carb no sugar diet. They are on a plan that lasts a couple of months, keeping track of inches as opposed to pounds. It sounds all well and good. A manageable way to lose a couple of those lingering, unwanted holiday added increments to your diameter.
Of course, I have an issue with willpower. I am not one to use it regularly when it comes to food. While I'm not as bad in Brazil as I am at home in the states, but there are a few special items that make this diet impossible for me.
Rio de Janeiro is like a big pitcher full of fresh squeezed juices. They are everywhere, they are tasty, they are cheap, and I like them. Just imagine 95 degree weather and a freshly made mango juice. How am I going to give that bad boy up?! Let's not forget watermelon juice, orange juice, papaya juice, and real purple grape juice made on demand.
Then there's the fresh baked french bread. It calls to me like a lady of the night in Lapa. I can't resist. It's beautiful, fulfilling, and a decent price. Put a little queijo minas on top and I'm in sugar/carb heaven.
Then there are the novelty items. I don't eat these on a daily basis but if I get the opportunity, and have a couple of Reais in my pocket, they are all mine. These special treats are esfihas, pastels, churro with dolce de leite, and popcorn. After writing, this I may just have to get a sample of each and every one.
Of course, it's about balance. If you balance correctly in Rio de Janeiro, you can have a very healthy diet. Sure, it'll be full of carbs, salt, sugar, garlic, onion, and oil but that's not so bad.
So congrats to those who can follow these diets! And to those who can't, have a juice on me!