Make 2016 the year that you lost all that weight and never found it again.
It is possible, quite likely in fact, that the most never-achieved New Year’s Resolution you have repeatedly made is that you will lose weight and not regain it for the year. The reason that the diet never worked, you have always considered was because of your own personal failing. In your opinion if you had been more religious in your calorie cutting, if you had been more consistent in your trips to the gym, if you had only stuck with it all a little longer, you would have been able to get it off and keep it off from then until now. Yet, here you are, making this resolution again.
Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. It really doesn’t matter that there’s absolutely no evidence that Einstein actually made this statement; it’s still a great quote! Likewise, it really doesn’t matter that whoever did coin this insightful genius didn’t derive their inspiration from a description of Pharma Marketing strategy and tactics; but they certainly could have done! – By Calum Graham
It’s not crazy to try the same thing over and over again. You can’t look thirty seconds in the diet book section (it’s the biggest section) at Barnes and Noble’s Booksellers to find this advice. It’s packaged one thousand different ways, each emphasizing a different part of the same three part strategy. 1. Eat Less. 2. Exercise more. 3. Cut out fats.
Now that you have found this blog though, you are about to take a different approach. I am not going to tell you any of those three things, not one of them. None of those things are what you are doing wrong that makes your weight loss plans crash and burn every year.
If you hate clicking links I will tell you what it says. Quit eating carbs.
You have never gained weight because you ate fats of any kind. Fats do not make you fat, the biochemistry is all wrong for that to be true.
You never gained weight because you didn’t work enough or sat around too much. You’re not a simple machine, a set of scales that has food on one arm and work on the other, where any time one side exceeds the other the scales move. Eating less makes you hungry, working more makes you hungry. That makes trying to lose weight this way absolute torture. You fight your natural instincts every moment that you do not eat to satisfy your hunger. Hunger is the enemy. Eating carbs makes you hungry. Just try to eat a bowl of pasta or a bowl of rice and set a stop watch. Stop it when you feel the first hunger pang. It will have not passed an hour, no matter if you ate an entire pound of pasta. This diet, starvation, is torture for every hour you are on it. It doesn’t work because your body works against it.
If you quit eating processed foods you will virtually cut out every bad thing you are eating, that is contributing to your insane weight gain-loss yo-yo. You will instantly stop eating breads, crackers, cookies, cakes, pastas, soda, juice, syrup, pancakes, waffles, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, cooking oil (yes this is a highly processed food), margarine, candy, any other labeled food. It doesn’t matter if the label claims heart health, gluten freeness, low calorie, low fat, vitamin filled–if it has a label it is off the diet.
If you quit eating processed foods you will stop eating every preservative that is know to cause digestive problems. It may make your irritable bowel syndrome take the year off. It may make your MS go into remission, it may make your joint pain go away. Which food additive causes all of these horrible things? Nobody knows, and nobody is looking. Want to do a test on yourself for yourself? Quit eating processed foods, come back here in three months and share in the comments that what I have said is totally true. Some food additive is causing your great medical headaches, you don’t know which one, but by cutting them all out of your life you proved that it is true for you. What will it hurt to try?
Robert Lustig is a pediatrician. He has written a book documenting the known science behind why our children are fatter and sicker than ever before. Here is the book,
If you aren’t a reader let me tell you what it says. Kids don’t pick their own foods, they eat what their parents and schools provide for them eat. They are getting way fatter and sicker than at any time in history. Science knows why that is true, they eat too much processed food. Giving a kid processed fruit juice is not healthier than giving them a Coke with breakfast. There are equal amounts of sugars in both. Give them oranges instead and suddenly their health and weight improve. Read his book and find out that there is such a thing as a good carbohydrate, it is packed just as nature intended, in it’s own skin. Eat it that way and you will not gain weight.
Quit eating processed foods and instead eat real meats, real fats (butter, lard, tallow from beef). The fats you eat are good for you, if they are produced by nature in the years that it takes to make healthful fats. I take the organ fat from a slaughtered pig, slowly heat it in the crock put, and ladle off several quarts of the prettiest, whitest lard you have ever seen. It smells like nothing, tastes like nothing, but adds so much to any dish that you cook it in or with. It never goes bad, doesn’t need refrigeration, and can be reused if strained with a small enough screen (I use a reusable coffee filter). I deep fry in tallow that I make from beef fat in the same way. It can get all the way over 375 to deep fry foods and is not chemically changed into something dangerous (trans fats) in the process. It can be reused over and over–just like the fast foods used to do back when the fries were amazing. Shortening is a processed food. Vegetable oil is a processed food. Margarine is a processed food. Use what you have on hand and never buy it again. Thank me later.