We are always looking for the best diet, the one with the fastest results. With these diets, we lose it, and then put it back on just as fast. With some exceptions to what people’s goals are, I am against dieting. If you are in a wedding in 6 weeks and need to fit into the dress/tux, I say go for it! But if you are looking for change that you want to last, then I would go with healthy lifestyle changes. (This is the option you are supposed to pick.)
Recently I read the book Food Rules by Michael Pollan. There was a simple take home message at the beginning of the book, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” If you stop reading this post right now, you can take this one simple message, or at least let it be helpful insight to take into consideration when you are deciding between getting a burger and fries from the local shop OR a homemade turkey sandwich.
Here are five key points Pollan wrote that I think that everyone can relate to. I am not writing this to change your whole insight (if I do, then that’s great!) but if you take away just one of these philosophies then it will make a difference.
EAT FOOD.NOT TOO MUCH. MOSTLY PLANTS.
1.Avoid food products with the wordiod “lite” or the terms “low fat” or “non fat” in their names.
“Non fat” or “lite” products allow us to have the tendency to think that since they are “lite” or “low fat” we can indulge more than if they were the real thing. Isn’t that the reason we got them in the first place—to make the dieting process easier? Another misconception is “fat free” salad dressings. The fats in salad dressing allow you to absorb the nutrients in the salad that you’re eating. Just because it says “fat free” doesn’t always mean that it is on your side.
2.Avoid foods that are pretending to be something they are not.
As great as it would be if artificial flavoring and artificial sweeteners was an exact replica for actual sugar without the calories and without any consequences, they’re not. They may seem great short term, but long term, things don’t look promising. A great example is Splenda, Aspartame, or any other artificial sweeteners. Splenda contains zero calories. So you sip your coffee with Splenda for the first time and your body gets ready to metabolize the sugar. But-oh wait- there is zero calories in Splenda! You’re body has been tricked. This happens a couple more times until your body catches on. When it does, and you put real sugars in your body, your body responds with, “Oh, you’re trying to trick me again; I am NOT falling for this!” So then it does not metabolize the sugar, and you gain weight, and then we are back at square one. Next time when you are drinking that diet coke, think again.
3.Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle.
Most supermarkets share the same geographical food layout. Fresh foods-produce, meat and fish, dairy and eggs on the outside aisles where the majority of the processed foods lie on the inside. If you keep to the edges of the store, you will find yourself putting real food in your shopping cart.
4.“Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, Dinner like a Pauper.”
The majority of us do not focus our attention on eating a balanced breakfast. You grab a banana or a muffin with a coffee and call it “breakfast.” By noon you are hungry, and go for a submarine with a bag of chips and a soda. By dinner, you are starving, because lunch didn’t seem filling since you ate while finishing a deadline. Dinner comes, and you ravage the cabinets for snacks that you can munch on while making dinner. Dinner’s done, you’re full, and go sit on the couch and enjoy the food coma while watching “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Although this sounds relaxing after a long day of work, you’re just digging yourself into a hole. Why not eat more in the morning, so we are not fishing through our cabinets when we get home at night? Food for thought.
5.Break the Rules Once in a While
Obsessing over what you eat, usually makes you even hungrier. Don’t take these food rules and make them the “end all be all” but rather use them as a tool, or guidelines to work by. We always want what we can’t have, so don’t make it something that you can’t have, make it something that you don’t want. It is your body, personalize your food rules.
Sometimes we try to take on these diets that make us feel like we are taking on another job. Start with making one change when you go to the supermarket, when you feel like that has become habit, add a new change on! Good luck! Hope this helps!!!