Stop Dieting and Just Eat Sensibly for Best Results
Posted May 10 2009 10:03pm
If you’re a typical American, you’re overweight or obese. You’ve tried every diet in the book; you’ve bought herbal supplements; you’ve taken Hydroxy Cut and compromised your liver’s health; you’ve taken ephedra and compromised your heart’s health; maybe you’ve even tried out for the reality show, World’s Biggest Loser.
You’re frustrated and unhappy. Sometimes you just throw in the towel and give up altogether and then pack on another ten pounds. Does this sound familiar?
Here are some recommendations that may be of help. There is no magic bullet for everyone, but MOST people will benefit from these straight forward practices.
First, see an endocrinologist and make sure your metabolism is actually working correctly. You could get a leg up on this by reading Dr. Diana Schwarzbein’s excellent book, The SchwarzbeinPrinciple. It’s interesting, easy to read and makes perfect sense. The woman is a leading specialist in her field, so she knows what she's talking about!
If you’re up for a truly intensive analysis of food and its effects on a person, read Weston A. Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration and/or Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories. These three books alone should be required reading for everyone concerned about their weight.
What you will discover in all of this is pretty simple: what makes a person fat is EXCESS CALORIES. Carbohydrates seem to be the biggest culprit in this battle of the bulge, however. Study after study has shown that FAT DOES NOT MAKE A PERSON FAT. Cutting carbohydrate intake is the first and most important step a person needs to take to lose excess weight. So, cut carbohydrate intake down.
Exercise is key to burning calories. This is simple: find an activity that you can do that you enjoy, and then JUST DO IT. Make a commitment to yourself.
Finally, a good cookbook may be helpful. Schwarzbein offers some excellent recipes in her book. You’ll also find healthful, balanced meals in One Pot Galley Gourmet, a cookbook filled with easy-to-prepare, mostly one pot, healthy recipes. You won’t get fat eating any of these meals, unless of course you continue to overeat!
Remember, Rome was not built in a day, and neither was your waistline. Be kind to yourself and don’t starve yourself to death. Stop dieting and just eat sensibly. Exercise. For most people it’s that simple.