Have you ever gone back to the doctor for a check-up after several weeks of being on a grueling low-calorie diet rife with hunger and deprivation, only to have him/her chastise you for “not staying on your diet”? You knew you hadn’t cheated, and yet you lost nothing. How can that be, when you see other people eating what they want and staying thin? Although your doctor is suggesting that you failed at dieting, it was actually your diet that failed.
Why don’t diets work? The main reason is that they’re based on imbalance and deprivation. Not only are these hard to sustain for very long, they are not the mechanisms by which the body maintains a healthy weight. Calorie-counting diets generally fail because they focus on calories instead of content. Yes, you can lose weight on a 1,000-calorie-a-day diet, but not if those 1,000 calories consist of ten packages of 100-calorie cookie snacks. The sugar and sweeteners in the snacks put weight on you far beyond what their calorie count would suggest, and they still leave you hungry and unsatisfied, because what your body really craves is nutrition—no, not the kind you get from your vitamin pills—the kind you get from real, wholesome food.
Counting calories is a good exercise for people who have no concept of what a normal portion of food should be, as in two tablespoons of nut butter rather than two whole jars of the stuff. If you’re regularly eating a dozen eggs and a pound of bacon for breakfast, you can start by scaling down your portion sizes. Apart from that, though, what you really need to learn is what makes your body fat and how to stop that process.
In Part 2 of this series, you’ll learn the role that sugar and dietary fat play in making you fat and how to balance your diet so that they do not derail your weight-loss plans. In the meantime, if you want to lose weight and are still struggling with sugar cravings, make just this one simple change. Start every meal with a small portion of low-fat protein—a glass of kefir, a cup of plain yogurt, or—if you’re not going 100% raw—a hard-boiled egg or a slice of broiled chicken or turkey (not the lunchmeat kind, which is generally loaded with corn syrup and other ingredients that will make you fat). Eat the protein first, then eat the rest of your meal.
You can get delicious fresh and frozen poultry at Bowman Landes in nearby New Carlisle that is raised without hormones and antibiotics and sold untreated; this means no injections of hydrolyzed fat-inducing broth like grocery store chicken has. Kroger’s occasionally carries Miller chicken breasts, an Amish brand that is equally free of additives. Check back for Part 2 to see what to do next.
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