I am so very impressed. I really love the premise of this book. And I am also willing to bet that it will make a sizable portion of the American public upset. Rocco’s whole shtick is something he calls, “calorie correcting.” What he means is low calorie. As in 850 calories a day for five days out of the week and then the two remaining days are 1,200 calorie days. He says that if you follow this guideline, paired with about an hour of cardio a day, that you will lose about a pound a day. A POUND A DAY for the duration of your weight loss.
Sign me up. I like it.
The allotted calories are made up of a Mediterranean type of diet:
Tons of Veggies – especially green
Whole grains and grain products
Lean Meats, especially fish
That sounds totally delicious!
The traditional thinking for most of us is that we need lots of calories – don’t want to slow that metabolism down, do we? And slow and steady weight loss is best – don’t want to gain it all right back, do we? But Mr. Dispirito cites studies which support that nutritionally supported rapid weight loss is more exciting and keeps people more committed to their weight loss plan. Then he lays out a moderate maintenance plan which keeps the new weight set point stable, and voila! I don’t know about you, but if I see the light at the end of the tunnel speedily approaching, I’ll be much less apt to throw in the towel.
I’m anxious to begin – can’t wait to see if I can get the pound a day results!
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.
After feeling really discouraged from falling off the 800 calorie per day wagon I wasn’t sure in which direction I would go next. The light at the end of the tunnel was illuminated when a friend told me about someone she knew who was losing the last 20lbs she needed to lose on a Dr. supervised diet which advocated eating 500 calories per day and almost no carbs at all. Wow, seriously? I couldn’t handle eating only 800 calories so how in the world would I get through my day on 500? But I’m game to try almost anything so I dove in head first.
For a week I ate 2 eggs fried in a little Earth Balance for breakfast, 5 oz baked turkey breast for lunch (covered in mustard, my new best friend), and a couple Tilapia fish fillets cooked in a little Earth Balance for dinner. I drank tons of Smart Water (extra electrolytes) and several cups of coffee and tea per day sweetened with no carb stevia. I did have the sensation of my stomach being empty quite a bit which is a feeling that I still find unsettling. But I quickly realized that there were no cravings at all! I had tons of energy and my mind was crystal clear. I experienced no sleepiness at all during the day either. So, at the end of the week I’ve lost 7 lbs. I feel great and wish I could follow this plan for the rest of my life. I know it’s a very short term thing, just to get over my weight loss plateau, but I’ve proven to myself yet again how bad carbs can make me feel. Now I’ll add in a variety of non-starchy vegetables to the protein and see what happens. REALLY need to start exercising soon…
I have never counted calories – ever. I can’t think of anything more tedious because 99% of my food is not processed so there’s no handy listing of nutritional info on a box. I haven’t weighed and measured my food since attending Weight Watchers in the 80’s. That’s why this experiment will be so painful for me, well one of the reasons. But I am willing to take one for the team and devise a pescatarian, low carb, sugar free, gluten free, 1200 calorie a day menu.
I have thirty pounds more to lose and I need to shake things up to get the scale moving again. I’d LOVE to reach my goal by mid-summer. I’ll follow said menu for a week while sticking to my current 2x per day/6 day per week workout schedule to see what effect there is on my weight loss efforts. I’ll decide after the week is completed if I want to continue or revise. Time to head to the kitchen to start calculating!
There are two types of people. Those who can handle any food in moderation and those who just can’t. Learning which one you are is the most important part of the battle to achieve your ideal weight. I love the idea that I could eat a bite or two of whatever food I’m craving and then move on, no worse for wear. This is the best approach for those who are unhealthy or overweight because of falling into bad habits or because of a lack of nutritional knowledge. Bethenny Frankel focuses on this principle in her book Naturally Thin and in the audiobook The Skinnygirl Rules. Her motto is, “Taste everything, eat nothing.”
My very favorite portion control book is French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. She describes beautifully the art of making each meal really special. The presentation can make even a lone apple seem decadent. Mireille stresses the importance of eating the very highest quality food obtainable. Buy the freshest with the least processed ingredients. I think we all know by now that we really are what we eat, so do you really want to eat cheap, over processed garbage?
Using the best ingredients is absolutely worth it, skimp on something else. This approach is about getting maximum enjoyment out of small, wonderful and satisfying servings of food. Deny yourself nothing. You won’t get fat from one bite of cake.
Now, there is the second type of person. I am included this group.We struggle with our weight because we get so much darned pleasure from eating. If a little tastes good… There is no way on earth you could put a plate of french fries in front of me and ask me to eat just one fry. I know there are people who can do such a thing, I’ve even seen these mythical creatures and I am in awe of them. I just can’t relate to this behavior. Eat one broccoli floret? I can do that. Eat two bites of beans and save the rest for later? No problem! But if I feel much too excited about eating a certain food, I can’t even have it in the house. I had to accept the fact that I simply can not handle certain foods in moderation.
I’ve been seeing Jeff Garlin (comedian best known from Curb Your Enthusiasm) on T.V. a lot lately promoting his book called My Footprint. He says that he lost his weight by treating unhealthy foods such as fast food like an alcoholic treats alcohol. It’s all or nothing and like me, he must completely abstain. I haven’t read the book yet but I love the message he is spreading because I suspect much of our overweight population has similar issues.
In which group are you? Can you satisfy a craving by simply taking a bite or two and walking away. Or do you have a deeper emotional connection to food? If you aren’t sure then ask your family and close friends as they may have a clearer picture of your behavior than you.