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Thursday, September 1, 2011

16 Reasons Why You Can't Stick to Your Diet

16 Reasons Why You Can't Stick to Your Diet. No kidding.  What an impossible, nerve wracking, agonizing task it is to diet.  It is so necessary to maintain optimal weight to maintain optimal health, but WHY? does it have to be so blasted difficult that a person surrenders in defeat.  Dr. Mercola has some excellent views on this topic excerpted here:

"Your "Diet" Could be Making You Fat

When many people want to lose weight, they start off by going on a "diet." This usually means cutting calories, eating lots of salads, skipping breakfast and/or restricting food intake even if you feel hungry. Usually "diets" are viewed as a short-term sacrifice intended to get the weight off, at which point many people revert back to their old eating habits and subsequently regain the weight.

So what does a truly healthy diet entail?
For the majority of people, severely restricting carbohydrates such as sugars, fructose, and grains in your diet will be the key to weight loss. Refined carbohydrates like breakfast cereals, bagels, waffles, pretzels, and most other processed foods quickly break down to sugar, increase your insulin levels, and cause insulin resistance, which is the number one underlying factor of nearly every chronic disease and condition known to man, including weight gain.
As you cut these dietary villains from your meals, it is important to replace them with healthy substitutes like vegetables, proteins and fats.
Your body prefers the carbohydrates in vegetables rather than grains and sugars because it slows the conversion to simple sugars like glucose, and decreases your insulin level. When you cut grains and sugar from your meals, you typically will need to radically increase the amount of vegetables you eat, as well as make sure you are also consuming protein and healthy fats regularly. I've detailed a step-by-step guide to this type of healthy eating program in my comprehensive nutrition plan, and I urge you to consult this guide if you are trying to lose weight. "

"Why Eating Low Fat is the Weight Loss Kiss of Death

For most Americans, when they think of a diet that promotes weight loss, they think of a diet that shuns butter, nuts, red meat, cheese, and virtually any other food that's high in fat. But let me stress to you that eating healthy fat does not make you fat! The sooner you let go of this deeply engrained myth, the sooner you will be able to reach your weight loss goals, as many people replace healthy fats in their diet with refined carbs, sugar and fructose -- which is the exact opposite of what you need to do to lose weight.
So let me repeat: eating healthy fats is conducive to weight loss.
When you eat fats as part of your meal, they actually slow down your food absorption so that you can go longer without feeling hungry.
Case in point is the fat conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), found in grass-fed beef and full-fat raw dairy products from grass-fed cows (raw butter, raw milk, raw-milk cheese, etc.), is also associated with reduced body fat and weight.
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate 3.2 grams of CLA a day had a drop in fat mass of about 0.2 pounds a week (that's about one pound a month) compared to those given a placebo. Research also shows that women who ate at least one serving of full-fat dairy a day gained 30 percent less weight over a nine-year period than women who ate only low-fat (or no) dairy products.
When it comes to weight loss, I believe there are two primary dietary recommendations that directly conflict with most people's dietary choices but could make a very big difference for them:
  1. Severely restricting carbohydrates (sugars, fructose, and grains) in your diet
  2. Increasing healthy fat consumption

Strength training is also important for weight loss, as one of the most time-efficient ways to burn more calories is actually to gain more muscle! For every pound of additional muscle you gain, your body will burn an additional 50-70 calories per day. So, if you gain 10 pounds of muscle, you will automatically burn 500-700 more calories per day than you did before.

Furthermore, your muscles also participate in the regulation of glucose and lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity, protecting you against obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Virtually everyone, from kids to seniors, can benefit from strength training; unfortunately many still make the mistake of equating weight training with "bulking up." Please understand that strength training is not just about "looking good." It's also an important part of maintaining a healthy weight, strengthening your bones, and improving posture, range of motion and functionality of your body."

16 Reasons Why You Can't Stick to Your Diet:  I am a bit of a rebel when it comes to deciding what is best for my body and what is plain, ordinary, everyday bull----.  When I was a Critical Care Registered Nurse Clinician, who specialized in  critical care,cardiac nursing, including open hearts, I was always amazed and frustrated in how often the doctors changed their thinking on a specific item of food to be excluded from a cardiac patient's diet.   Example: low sodium, or regular sodium, caffeine, or no caffeine, solid foods vs semi solids like jello, and so on.  Then there was the issue of cardiac rhythms
that were constantly redefined by some snooty nosed "professors of cardiology" at Harvard Medical School, usually.  Months later a new term would appear and that was the "flavor of the day" mentality.  So, this is why I have never bought into the myth of low fat diets making you slim.  The exact opposite is true.   I use healthy fats like pure creamery butter and most of all, I use pure virgin coconut oil for all my cooking, baking and frying:, where you can buy it in bulk.  I use a gallon bucket in three months.  
I found that eliminating all gluten foods from my diet, like wheat and various grains like oats, rye, etc. and by eliminating all lectin producing foods like peanut butter and other nut butters and legumes from my diet, painful symptoms produced by those two food groups were totally ameliorated.  Plus I lost twelve pounds just from ditching the gluten foods.  Sure, I miss them, but not the misery gluten causes the body.  Especially with the GMO wheat grown in this country that is screwing up the body even more.

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