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.
I’m in my first week of my new “Ideal Protein” diet. I’m feeling really energetic! I know I’ve lost several pounds so far and am anxious to see what my first week’s official loss will be. It’s absolutely amazing how different I feel when I get the excess carbs out of my system. Last weekend (higher carb) I slept late, felt groggy and had little energy. This weekend I woke up early and didn’t feel sleepy or tired all day! The doctor who presented the Ideal Protein plan to me summed it up in a way that was so simple and easy to understand:
We have three “gas tanks” our bodies can get fuel from. The first is carbs & sugar. Our bodies always take it’s fuel from there first. So as long as we are eating grains, fruits, bread and pasta that will be what our bodies run off of – even when we’re working out. The second gas tank our body will go to if there aren’t any carbs and sugars in the body is protein & muscle. This of course is bad, as we need to hang onto our precious muscle! But if we’re getting enough protein from the right sources then the body will get all of it’s energy from the third gas tank, the fat. Makes sense, doesn’t it? If we are getting relatively low carbs, almost exclusively from non starchy veggies and enough protein (the exact values are different for each person) then we’ll run off of our stored fat. When you begin running off of your body’s fat you start to feel like a new person!
- More energy
- Require less sleep
- Scale moves down quickly
- Inches lost
- Ability to think more clearly
These are all of my own personal observations but the effects seem to be standard.
I go back to the doctor to weigh in and find out how my body fat % has changed this week. Very excited to see!
With the new year, I’ve changed things around yet again. Instead of counting calories, which works while I’m doing it, but just can’t seem to stick to for more than a week at a time, I am starting a formal weight loss program. My chiropractor lost over 50lbs doing the Ideal Protein plan. It was devised over twenty years ago in France for the athletes there who needed to lose fat but retain all of their muscle mass. It’s been around in Canada for ten years and has come to the US more recently. It does have prepackaged foods which I usually avoid like the plague, but these are made using higher standards than the “other” ones we’re used to hearing about in every other t.v. commercial. It uses the same low carb principal I used to lose over 160lbs but with added convenience and portability.
I will go to my chiropractor’s office each week in the beginning and go over my food diary, get weighed and scanned for body fat percentage. At this point I want to lose 10% body fat. During my initial visit last week, I was at 28% body fat. I was at 25% six weeks earlier but had some unfortunate fruit, oatmeal and honey binges. C’est la vie. I don’t know what that translates into with the number of pounds I need to lose as I also need to build muscle. I wasn’t careful during my big weight loss about getting enough protein in each day and so I lost a lot of muscle mass along with the fat. Now I have to turn that around.
I vow to work out six days a week – 30 minutes cardio and 30 minutes toning/muscle building with my new wonderful, magical Tracy Anderson videos. I’ll also do at least a couple of hours of indoor rock climbing per week and of course my ballroom dance lessons. That coupled with my perfected eating plan should get me to my goal by Spring! I have my heart set on wearing some of the new gorgeous spring dresses with wedge sandals – super cute!!!