Will somebody please tell me the truth?!?!?!?
The Atkins Diet – Protein & fat w/ low carb veggies.
The Dukan Diet – Protein & NO fat/low carb veggies on alternating days.
The Mediterranean Diet – Plenty of veggies, fruits, whole grains & fish.
Vegan – Vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and soy.
The Zone – Combining an exact ratio of protein, fat and carbs at every single meal to control blood sugar.
Vegetarian – Everything except animal protein.
Pescatarian – A vegetarian who eats fish.
Weight Watchers – Anything and everything in reasonable amounts – budgeted as an allowance type of system.
Meal Delivery Systems – Highly processed in very small portions, usually extremely high in sodium.
You are probably familiar with most or all of these. I have fully committed to each and every one of these over the years with results that were all over the map. Some made me sick, some made me feel a whole lot better but didn’t help me lose weight, but taking certain parts from each and every one of them helped me lose 175lbs.
Each approach has devout followers. Each one has many success stories. But what about you? Which one is the one for you?
What is your own personal largest obstacle to achieving weight loss?
If it’s blood sugar related – which is extremely common – then I highly suggest reading The Zone, by Dr. Barry Sears. I’ve kept the principles of that book with me for over the last 10 years and know that no matter what plan I’m following, I use those tools to keep my blood sugar rock solid. Because of that book I kept my hypoglycemia (pre-diabetes) from actually becoming diabetes. The Zone principals are worth their weight in gold.
If it’s portion control related – I would suggest something like Weight Watchers, where you have to pay really close attention to the volume of your food. You learn to take note of calories and serving sizes and what an appropriate amount of food really looks like. There are also all of the pre measured plans that take away all the work on your part, such as Jenny Craig. This feature is nice but you have to be very careful as the more processed the food the less nutrients you are getting. Yes you’ll lose weight, but you may also become a bit malnourished too. If your food has a shelf life of a Twinkie – it’s really not good. Ideal Protein is a plan which originated in France and is a mostly pre measured plan but I think it’s one of the healthiest ones out there if you want to get serious and get those extra lbs off.
After having lived spans of my life on every one of these – I’ve learned how to take the parts from each and customize a plan that works for me (keeping each of them gluten-free, of course). You will learn what makes your body thrive; which types of foods give you energy while making you lean and healthy. You’ll also learn that different parts of your life call for different plans. That’s a good thing! It’s fun to keep fine-tuning your foods to keep reaching better and better levels of health and well-being.