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This is a bit of a long winded post today, but after a discussion on Friday, I felt compelled to write this.
Like a large number of people out there, I want to lose weight. Everywhere you go, you will find someone who will give you the “Miracle To Weight Loss” or will provide you with “10 Tips To Lose That Belly In 10 Days”. I say this with much love to the girlies I work with, but the office is often the worst culprit for pushing obscure diet tips and bizarre fad diets. Especially this close to Christmas and New Year, with everyone trying to look their best at the office parties etc.
I do not subscribe to faddy diets like the “5:2 diet” or the “Atkins Diet” or even the refashioned version of the Atkins diet in the “Dukan Diet”. These creators want people to lose weight initially, and to recommend it to friends, but to keep coming back time and time again. These diets are not sustainable lifestyles. The instant you come off the diet, you put the weight back on. That’s how they make their money. They don’t care what the “process” is doing to your insides or general health levels. They just want your money. Pure and simple. And if you want any more proof, Monsieur Pierre Dukan (he of the Dukan Diet) was struck off the medical register in France for being basically unethical and deceitful.
The ultimate secret is: there is no magic pill or secret.
You didn’t put the weight on overnight, so you won’t lose it that quickly. To lose weight, it means moving more and burning more calories than you’re eating.
Ok, I’ve admitted to wanting to lose weight, which means I am not at goal weight. So what gives me the right to say this stuff?
I am actively trying to walk the walk, as well as talk the talk. 2 years ago, I was a size 22. I am now a size 16 and heading into a size 14. I am hoping, thanks to the move, that walking 40 minutes, 5 times a week, will mean I reach my size 12 goal by June next year. But more importantly, I want to get fitter, not just thinner. Having an auto-immune illness, I need to increase my health levels to counteract the condition.
Faddy diets are restrictive, and fail to provide you with the nutrients you need. Anything that drops out an entire food group is not going to give you the stuff you need to be the best you can be. And neither is something that puts your body into starvation mode 2 days a week. We, as a nation, should not be looking for fads. We should be looking for healthier food, and positive changes to our lifestyles that are sustainable.
To start with, we should be looking at portion sizes as well as what food is on our plate.
The best break down of a healthy plate is:
25% lean protein
I have added another stipulation to the above, that I have found to work for myself: Your plate should have at least 3 colours in it.
Yes it sounds silly, no-one looks at the colour scheme of their food normally haha 🙂 but go with me on this. Each colour pigment of foods denotes what types of vitamins or compounds are in them. For example, red fruits and veggies contain lycopene, whereas orange fruits and veggies contain beta carotene and vitamin A. We need a mix of the vitamins and the best way to ensure we get them, is to increase the colour spectrum of our meals.
Food, to me, is something to enjoy and have fun with, but is also the fuel we need to keep going. Processed foods do not have the nutrients needed and often contain far too much salt and fat which can mess up our “engine”. Whereas fresh, healthy foods, can refine our body’s systems. In the long term, our bodies become more efficient and work WITH us, instead of AGAINST us.
Thanks for sticking with me and getting this far 🙂
Take care and good health 🙂
Cheers for now