2) those without an induction phase or those post-induction phase simply make you eat less. There is no magic formula for everyone.
Take for Example the Atkins diet since I believe you'd have to have lived on the moon for the last 10 years not to have heard of this, Today you order burger, fries,and a soda. Tomorrow on the Atkins you get burger no fries, diet soda, hold the special sauce and you throw away the bun. You're satisfied because this is enough food anyway and you loose weight for a while because you're eating fewer calories.
I once said, completely as a joke, I could write a book called the red square food diet and it would work. Basically make up some hokey-sounding reason why red is the color of blood and cleanses the body and then make it so ridiculous you can't eat, You can have bread but food coloring makes it soggy so you'd have to bake your own cutting it perfectly square makes each piece smaller. The only quick snack possible is a cut up tomato ~ you'd loose weight on that too. Most diets are so ridiculous that sadly, this is only a slight stretch.
Having said that there are a few diets that seem ok, South beach minus the induction phase, paleo, Ornish, and weight watchers are healthy and balanced without absurd and or dangerous restrictions. The Ornish diet is rather restricted but if you're a vegan, you might really like that one.
The problem is going on a diet.
If you are going to live a paleo lifestyle this will work for you, if you are "going on the paleo diet" you're already doomed. Diet mentality doesn't work, and even my favorite most healthy eating plans have never addressed the "whole person" issues that result in weight gain, only a few even address exercise and then only briefly, and I have yet to find a commercial diet plan that addresses the real reasons people gain weight such as eating while distracted, stress, lack of sleep, body image, and self-love.
So in essence the real people tips are as follows
- You will have to make healthy eating choices and exercise to lose weight, there is no magical balance of foods, and no supplement that will change that fact.
- You must take in fewer calories than you burn to lose weight there is no magic formula for calories that don't count. There are no magic combinations of foods. Getting proper nutrition with the fewest calories possible will however give you more energy, help curb the appetite and overall help you succeed.
- You need to eat breakfast. If you don't your body spends the better part of the day thinking you're on a deserted island with no food, enters power-saver mode, and well, you know how annoying it is trying to use a phone with low battery on power saver mode ~ you don't want your brain like that until lunchtime.
- You need to eat Fruits and Vegetables
- You should take a vitamin, the body is hungry for what it needs, and while vitamins can't be complete nutrition alone, they can supplement since you are trying to take in a bit less than your body needs, it helps prevent deficiencies, mild deficiencies can make you hungry.
- You should avoid foods with no nutritional value and aim for foods with more nutritional content. You will be hungry as long as your body "needs something" You can fill up on volume, but that will work for a shorter period, your body can make room for what it needs.
- "Diet" drinks and some foods don't necessarily cause weight gain, but "low carb sugar" and "fat free lard" is not the path to good health. Water is the healthiest thing to drink and it helps reduce the addiction to sweetness. Water is virtually free and it won't cause tooth decay, acid reflux, or any other health concerns. However if you hate water and choose to drink some other drink with no calories ~ please do so without the guilt. Guilt and shame cause stress and STRESS causes weight gain. I personally advise plain water with the newer drops made by various companies, these have no calories and you can "wean down" the amount of the flavoring drops until you are drinking water.
- You cannot GO on a diet ~ you must change to a healthier lifestyle
- You, the whole person, including sleep habits, timing of meals, stress, and body image help or hinder your weight loss efforts. You cannot change only one thing and expect lasting success.
- Eat REAL food. Real food includes local produce that is not genetically engineered (call the farm) farm fresh eggs from chickens with access to the outside, 100% pasture raised beef, and whole grains. These foods have more nutritional value than the grocery store "usual" offerings. The more nutritious the more satisfying and the more satisfied you are the less you eat.
I hope this helps, please do comment and share your experiences, I value your feedback and I do tailor blog posts to the needs of my readers. Have a great Week!
For more info Visit:
- Web Md for information on Diet Drinks and weight gain
- Motherearthnews for nutritional differences between conventional eggs and farm fresh eggs
- Info from NIH on Breakfast and IQ in children
- American Journal of clinical Nutrution study on Mental functioning and Breakfast