In my honest opinion, nobody that thinks that they weigh too much should be trying to lose weight. Sounds crazy, right? Well, if a person tries to lose ten pounds, or seven percent of their body weight or any other goal, and if they do all of the right things then someday they will have lost that weight. At that point, if the steps that they are taking to shed said pounds is something that is not intended for every-day-for-the-rest-of-your-life practice, then they will return to the old way of living. Whatever they were doing to gain that excess weight will once again be the daily norm and the weight will come back.
Smokers who quit for a long period of time and then return to smoking daily know that it is far harder to have the same success again. Quitting the second or third time after failing leaves a person with the memory of how hard it was to quit the first time. If you try to quit eating a certain class of foods, or try to fast your weight away, starving or denying entire branches of delicious foods and sticking to something that you don’t want to eat, and can’t keep eating from now on, then it’s a lot like quitting smoking.
Dieting is work. Work is something you don’t want to do if you aren’t getting paid. Nobody is going to pay you to lose weight. As soon as you quit dropping pounds you are going to drop the diet. As soon as you drop the diet you are going to begin regaining the pounds. It is as certain as the pendulum stopping at the top of the arc and heading back. The pain of dieting you will remember, so your next diet will be harder to start, it will be easier to quit early or fail to do right.
Quit eating sugar, sweetened drinks and processed foods. Don’t Diet. Break habits. Break the habit at the grocery store of going up and down the processed food aisles. There is nothing that a person needs to live located on any of those aisles. The foods you need to live are located conveniently on the outside walls of the grocery store. Fresh fruits and vegetables, then meats and then dairy and eggs.
There really is nothing found in a box or bag that is even good for you, let alone something that a person who is overweight should be eating. In fact, the middle aisles of the store are why you weigh too much. Low fat is a big fat lie–a marketing tool, designed to get their products in your cart. Sure, they took the fat out, but what you don’t know is that eating fat does not make you fat, and no scientist EVER said that it does. Look it up, no scientific study in human history has shown that eating fat, any kind of fat, leads to obesity. Some said, for a time that it might lead to cholesterol, which might lead to heart disease, but nobody said it leads to weight gain.
If you stop eating processed foods and sugar then you will be eating a lot less calories, and you don’t need to count them. However, you may just want to count them, because it is possible, and I know this from experience, that you will not eat enough calories per day to meet your basic dietary needs. When that happens your body will shift into a starvation mode of chemistry. When that happens it actually makes it more difficult to lose weight. The pounds you don’t want will not go away right away, and you will be hungry and miserable. That is not necessary.
That is why I recommend that you get a smart phone app to keep track of what you are eating. It will warn you that you are starving, and if that happens, what you should do is EAT MORE FAT. You see, when you started thinking you should avoid fat those lost concentrated calories were thoughtfully replaced by food industry with added sugars and carbs. If you start cutting those things out on purpose, you might think that you can replace them with vegetables, but it takes a huge volume of vegetables to make up that loss. Only fat can do that job with the working volume of the average human stomach.
Quitting sugar and carbs (or at least the eating of them in processed foods) will require that you retool your menu to include foods cooked in saturated fats. They aren’t unhealthy, when eaten in a normal diet. Your grandparents and great grandparents know this. Retooling your menu will require a couple of modern tools to make sure you don’t make it too hard on yourself.
Try the MyFitnessPal app its available for iPhone and android or on your internet browser. This is the one I decided to use, it is the one that pointed out to me that I was starving for no good reason, other than I was ignorant of dietary requirements and calories.
The Weight Watchers App is also one that will help you track your intake. These apps have a huge database of foods that you can scan the barcode on and the nutrition info goes into your journal. Myfitnesspal also has a way that you can put a recipe of ingredients into it and it will estimate the calories in your home cooked meals. Good scientific guesses are all that is really needed for our purposes. If you quit eating processed foods you will lose weight without trying to lose weight.
They also will track your activity. Someday, if they don’t already, they will synch up to your iwatch or fitbit to see what you have been up to. I don’t track activity. I am losing weight without going to that trouble. Track it if you want.
I won’t say it’s painless, because change has its uncomfortable spots, but I am saying that if you switched your family over to this ‘diet’ or lifestyle, they will not even know it happened. The biggest change will be at breakfast for them, because there will be no cereal, oatmeal or pancakes. These things are processed. No No.