11 Apr 2012
I am not a fan of fad diets or using unnatural foods for weight loss. Even when I was 305 pounds, the idea of eliminating entire food groups from my diet for a non-medical reason never appealed to me. I honestly believed that eating natural foods was the best thing for weight loss.
The cottage cheese diet was not practical, and the thought of exclusively eating a particular type of soup to lose weight never appealed to me either. I never jumped on the low-carb bandwagon back in its heyday when you could find low-carb breads, cookies, crackers, chips, and more gracing grocery store shelves. That fad lasted for several years, and then the proliferation of low-carb foods diminished.
There have been fad diets around for years. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics indicates that one of the first fad diets that eschewed natural foods to lose weight was the vinegar and water diet in the early 1800’s. Low carbohydrate diets showed up as far back as 1825, and one of the first liquid diets appeared on the market in the 1930’s.
The one thing all these diets lack is taking advantage of the wide variety of foods we have to choose from. The University of Rochester Medical Center recommends that to lose weight, you should focus on natural foods such as whole grains, non-starchy vegetables, greens, fruit and protein. They do not recommend limiting or eliminating any of those foods in order to lose weight.
Weight loss is difficult for many people, myself included. I probably tried to lose weight 500 separate times over the 10 years I was obese.
What finally worked was when I stopped trying to fit a diet into my lifestyle and instead changed my lifestyle completely.
Weight loss meals for me were the same meals I made for my family. The difference was that instead of using chicken nuggets and French fries as a meal, I made my own chicken nuggets using whole wheat bread crumbs and roasted potatoes in my own oven. Salads were filled with vegetables instead of croutons and large amounts of cheese, and I learned to control my portion sizes which naturally helped me control my calories.
As you consider how you are dieting to lose weight, I would encourage you to take a few minutes and analyze how many natural simple foods you include each day. Sure there is room for the occasional restaurant meal, dessert, or frozen dinner, but the majority of your foods you eat should be natural and healthy.
I estimate that about 80 to 90 percent of my diet is from natural foods. My one downfall is sweets as I do love a good piece of chocolate or a small slice of chocolate pie.
How are you doing with including natural foods in your weight loss or weight maintenance plan?
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