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Need to Loose Weight? Don't Diet! Follow Healthy Eating Principles
Not Diets, But Confidence and Sound Eating Principals Work When Trying To Loose Weight.
Your Mind is Your Number One Weapon In Winning The Battle Of The Bulge.
I’m sure that most of you are familiar with the diet of the week that appears on most women’s magazines. I remember back in 2001, I desperately needed to loose weight. During my lunch break, I was looking through a pile of women’s magazines that were left on a table at work. I remember that one diet from one week had one set of rules, and then I would check the diet from the next week’s issue, guess what, that issue would tell me to do the very opposite of the other diet from the previous week. Being a woman of logic, I realized that that both diets could not be right. Like most people, I struggled with the different fad diets, such as low fat, low carb, and other ridiculous diet plans. Like most dieters I was confused and frustrated with the whole diet industry. What is a diet anyways?
Now that I discovered that what a person needs to loose weight are good eating principles that tailored to his individual needs, I realize that diets really are gimmicks for the insecure. Think about it, when you follow a list telling you what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner you are letting some “diet expert” make your food choices for you. Come on, we don’t need some pseudo mom telling us to eat our peas and carrots, once we’re over eighteen, yet we let some so called diet expert, dictate our food choices. I believe that people that go through multiple diets with no success have a lack of confidence in themselves. I also believe that at the core of their problems is a low confidence level, not a faulty metabolism or some other theory invented by some “diet expert.”
Sheenah Hankin Ph.D. in her book Compete Confidence A Handbook, Becoming the Powerful Person You Were Born To Be states the following: “In working with people who are always in the normal weight range---a few pounds’ variation is all they ever experience---I have noted that they are experts at portion management. They normally eat three meals a day, they rarely snack, and they eat what they enjoy. They are neither nut-and–fruit freaks like squirrels nor red meat eaters like lions and tigers. They enjoy it all in reasonable amounts. Their brains are trained to stop when enough is enough. With practice, you can train yours, too.” Sheenah also states the following in her book: “Let’s be frank: almost no one is a victim. Let’s be clear: You must give up excuses (I’m helpless around chocolate) that undermine your motivation. Everyone can loose weight, and a normal weight feels better and is a sign of confidence.”
I personally believe that one of the underlying issues that most dieters have is a lack of confidence in their ability to handle food. So great is this lack, that many people live their lives having their food choices dictated to them by the latest diet guru, only to fail again.
In order to succeed in loosing weight you need to adjust your mental attitude. You need to see yourself in a different light. You must take charge of yourself, and you can do it.
There is no eating plan out there designed to be the ultimate panacea for loosing weight. However, there are certain principles for eating that work with the way our bodies are designed. Conventional diets on the other hand, tend to be a one size fits all solution, not accounting for the individual’s state of health, allergies, and certain conditions such as a liver that needs attention, sluggish thyroid, crazy hormones, emotions from hell, and a lack of enzymes. Any one of these factors can truly undermine any weight loss efforts. There is a book from the Alternative Medicine Guide Paperback Series, titled Weight Loss 17 Way To Permanently Shed Unwanted Pounds, this fantastic book contains very up to date information from twenty five doctors regarding the different causes for weight gain. If you feel that a medical condition may be hindering your weight loss efforts I highly recommend this book. I also recommend talking to your doctor before changing your diet, and making sure with your doctor, that you do not have any conditions that prevent you from loosing weight.
After you have taken care of any conditions that hinder your weight loss efforts, it is time to begin looking at the eating principles themselves. In a very informative book, titled Dr. Jensens Guide to Better Bowl Care , Dr. Bernard Jensen, who is considered one of the greatest pioneers in the field of nutrition, wrote what are known as “the six nutritional sins of civilization and the nine dietary laws.” The six nutritional sins are the following:
- Inadequate consumption of fiber
- Consumption of too much fat and the wrong types of fat and oils
- The excessive consumption of pasteurized, homogenized dairy products
- Excessive consumption of inorganic salt
- Excessive consumption of sugar
- The excessive consumption of wheat.
Anyone can see at a glance that most of these practices do constitute for bad health, and being overweight. Yet people want diets that include all these foods, despite their many failed attempts to loose weight. Lets face it, the body is not designed for certain foods, or an over abundance of certain foods.
Let us now focus on the nine dietary laws. The nine laws are as follows:
- Our foods should be natural, whole, and pure
- We should eat food in proper proportions. Each day we should have six vegetables, two fruits, one starch, and one protein.
- Our diets should be 80% alkaline and 20 % acid. Vegetables and fruits are alkaline. Starches and proteins are acid.
- Our diets should have proper variety. Each day we should eat different vegetables, different fruits, different starches and different proteins.
- Our diets should be 60% raw foods. The natural raw food form of foods provides the most nutritional value. They supply the best vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes.
- Nature cures, but she must be given the opportunity. Only when we eat properly is the body supplied with the nutrients nature needs to accomplish tissue repair and replacement.
- We cannot eat one or a few food to excess without causing nutritional deficiencies due to lack of variety in the diet.
- If we do not eat enough of the right food, we will develop nutritional deficiencies. Every disease is associated with some kind of nutritional deficiency.
- The Law of Food combining: certain starches and proteins—for example, meat and potatoes, and eggs and hash browns—should not be eaten together. It is all right to put milk on cooked millet. Eat Melons separately from other foods.
I can tell you from personal experience, that following sound eating principles truly works. As I stated earlier, I was once very overweight, and in need of an effective weight loss plan. One night in frustration I started to reread Gillian McKeith’s You are What You Eat . On that night, I discovered what I was doing wrong. Like many dieters, I was looking for some sort of weight loss panacea. I found some good solid principles instead. I was especially impressed with the chapter on food combining.
I decided to put this to practice the very next morning. I started the day out with some warm lemon water, and half an hour later I had some fruit. I then had my high protein shake about one hour later. For lunch I was careful not to eat starches with proteins. I did the same for dinner. If I wanted to eat starches, such as rice, I would combine the rice with a vegetarian patty, and other vegetables, what I call my vegetarian feast.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the scale the next morning. I actually lost two pounds, amazing! My success did not end there. I continued, and in two months I lost eighteen pounds, safely, I had tons of energy, and slept like a baby at night. I didn’t follow some diet, I simply followed eating principles that allowed my body to shed pounds and to work at it’s optimal. I never felt deprived, like most dieters; I didn’t feel that my eating choices were being dictated to me.
Another fantastic book on eating principals that I highly recommend is Fit For Life Not Fat For Life by Harvey Diamond. This wonderful book is considered a classic by most nutritionists. Fit For Life Not Fat For Life is one of the best books, I have read on both eating principles, and using your mind to win the battle against bad health, and being over weight.
The freedom of using your own genius for making your dietary choices and succeeding is a God given one. If we respect the way our bodies are designed, and eat in accordance with what that design demands, we will feel empowered. Feeling empowered gives confidence, and confidence is a dieter’s number one weapon in the battle of the bulge.
Common sense, not diet gurus should guide your eating. I’m not saying there are not people out there who can give dieters some guidance. Gillian McKeith is considered by many a diet guru, although she is more like a diet drill sergeant. What sets her apart is that she is not guided by some plan to cut carbs, or eating only meat. She prescribes common sense eating principles to her patients. She doesn’t believe in fad diets, or eliminating food groups, unless your food group happens to be junk food.
I have only covered the area of eating in this article, not exercise. As we all know, no successful weight loss plan is complete without incorporating exercise. I would like to cover that in a future hub. I do want to say one thing. Exercise is a must, if you want body ecology, and for your efforts of trying to eat correctly to succeed, you really need to exercise.
So in order to successfully loose weight, use your mind and be confident. In a world where there is multi billion dollar diet industry trying to brainwash overweight people into buying weight loss gimmicks, of some sort, or another, we really need to start thinking about what we eat. Successful dieting demands that we use our minds. Like every other endeavor, successful dieting demands that we think for ourselves.