Some people are over weight, out of shape and want to slim down a few inches, pounds, kilos. There’s tons of special brand name diets out there. The most popular ones are better accepted, peer reviewed and likely work as expected. How do you begin to change eating habits to lose weight? It’s not as hard or confusing as it seems. Consider these points:
Carbohydrates are a cause of weight gain but they are not the primary problem.
Saturated fat can also cause weight gain, heart disease and vascular plaque, but it also is not the primary problem in weight gain.
Excess sugar is not healthy, causes weight gain and energy swings, but it also is only part of the problem.
The primary cause of weight gain is taking in more calories than are burned in a day and living like this consistently day after day. An occasional day of over consumption is not going to cause weight gain. But day after day to where more days are over and less days are balanced or under will lead to weight gain.
How does one begin to diet?
You don’t need a fancy, brand named diet. Consider these points:
Cleanse from culprit foods for a reasonable period of days; 14-30 is good. This will cleanse your system, help you regain a sense of taste for things, and you will feel lighter and less bloated.
Stop: bread, pasta, any and all refined carbohydrates including pastries and drinks.
The only carbohydrates allowed are fruits and vegetables.
Eat lean forms of non-red meat protein, fish, beans (soaked and cooked well or sprouted), boiled eggs, seeds and nuts.
Eat vegetables as often as possible.
Drink water, tea, minimal coffee.
Avoid alcohol, excess sugar, artificial food products of any kind.
Increase physical activity with walking, jogging, biking, swimming, etc
These simple principles will help you lose weight. Aim for 1-2 pounds per week for a healthy goal.
Consult with me for a more personal, detailed approach.
Stephen D. Kaplan, L.Ac