I had the opportunity to look at a diet plan that a very large employer has probably paid a whole lot of money for their employees. This plan includes a P90X style workout several days a week, and meal plans around 1300 calories. You know how I say that Diet Plans (pills, programs, menus, foods, drinks etc) are just money makers, not actual “ways to lose weight and keep it off”? This falls right in that category.
GOOD NEWS: plans that have you starve yourself and work your butt off AREN’T NECESSARY. No matter what Main Stream Media/Medical/Business/Government would have you believe, the science Truly Truly Truly doesn’t support the THEORY that restricting calories through diet and burning more calories through exercise EVER works long term.
What the SCIENCE actually says is that if you Diet, you can be pretty assured of GAINING WEIGHT and causing Nutritional Deficiencies that will cause health problems for you down the road, or possibly immediately.
Here’s some pretty sobering statistics:
* A government review of 55 studies found NO SUSTAINED WEIGHT LOSS AT ALL AFTER 12 MONTHS.
* Between 95 and 98% of everyone who loses weight on a DIET, Gains It All Back
*2/3 of DIETERS REGAIN MORE WEIGHT THAN THEY LOST
* The more weight initially lost, the greater the rebound weight.
What’s going on here? Why doesn’t restricting calories, limiting fat, and exercising a ton work? Simple: You’re a chemistry set, not a math equation. Traditional, typical dieting SCREWS UP YOUR HORMONES. Eating Diet Foods and Drinks screws up your liver. Following a low fat plan depletes your hormones and messes up your brain (which is 60% fat). Restricting calories shuts or slows down the thyroid almost immediately. The neurotransmitters take an immediate hit with low cal dieting – there goes your mood/energy/thought patterns. Cortisol increases BECAUSE LOW CAL DIETING IS SEEN BY THE BRAIN AS STARVATION, which equals STRESS. Insulin ALWAYS increases when Cortisol increases.
Are you getting the picture? Probably. Here’s what’s harder for DIETERS to believe.
If you eat a diet of a couple thousand calories or more FILLED with FAT, PROTEIN, VITAMINS, and MINERALS from TONS of good fats, fish/meat/eggs/seafood, and tons of vegetables, you will lose weight. Honest. Your body doesn’t want to starve. Your body doesn’t want to diet. Bad things happen when you force it too. Your body wants to run correctly: it wants to have normal cell turnover, it wants to make all your sex hormones in normal amounts, it wants to repair every day damage, it wants to run thousands and thousands of chemical reactions that rely on the FUEL YOU PROVIDE YOUR BODY to complete.
Again, You’re Not A Math Equation, You’re A Chemistry Set.
Let’s look at a couple foods included in this program and other large programs; look at their ingredients and honestly access if you think these ingredients could in anyway make your body permanently slimmer, healthier, and more energetic.
Diet Cherry 7Up Antioxidant: Filtered carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup or sugar and less than 2% of natural flavors, citric acid, potassium citrate, calcium disodium EDTA (to protect flavor). ***** The FDA “plans” to study (it’s “high” on the priority list) the calcium disodium EDTA because it’s suspected of mutagenic, teratogenic, subsacute, and reproductive effects. Those middle two words – I don’t even know what they mean and I’m not looking them up. I don’t need to. This product contains dangerous chemicals in addition to high fructose corn syrup and sugar. Antioxidant my ….
Weight Watchers Brownie Bliss ONLY 2 POINTS! Note the flours, sugars, hydrogenated oils, and chemicals:
Powdered Sugar, Sugar, Semi-Sweet Chocolate (Unsweetened Chocolate, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Extract), Water, Enriched Wheat Flour Bleached (Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Condensed Skim Milk, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Corn Syrup Solids, Inulin (Natural Extract of Chicory Roots), Glycerin, Soybean Oil, Pea Fiber, Dry Whey, Chocolate Liquor, Egg Whites, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Propionate (Preservatives), Nonfat Dry Milk, Caramel Color, Whole Milk Solids, Reduced Mineral Whey Powder, Dextrose, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate), Xanthan Gum, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Red 40.
Let’s wrap up with a real shocker: The American Heart Association APPROVED Subway meal: Black Forrest Ham Sub, Apples, and Skim Milk:
The Ham: Water, dextrose, 2% or less of modified food starch, salt, potassium lactate, seasoning [potassium chloride, pork stock, sugar, yeast extract, salt, lactic acid, fructose, sunflower oil, cysteine hydrochloride, calcium lactate, modified food starch, flavors, grill flavor (from sunflower oil), polysorbate 80, rendered pork fat, and smoke flavor], sodium phosphate, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, caramel color.
The Bread: ITALIAN HERBS & CHEESE BREAD Subway® Italian Bread, Monterey Jack cheese (cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes, artificial color), cheddar cheese (cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes, artificial color) potato starch and powdered cellulose added to prevent caking, natamycin [a natural mold inhibitor]), garlic powder, corn maltodextrin, long grain rice powder, salt, toasted bread crumbs (wheat flour, dextrose, modified wheat starch, sugar, salt, yeast, caramel coloring, paprika), spice, parmesan cheese solids (milk, cheese, cultures, salt, enzymes, calcium chloride), cellulose, modified palm oil, oregano, natural and artificial flavor (including butter extract), sunflower oil, whey, gum arabic, citric acid, yeast extract, lactic acid, calcium lactate, disodium phosphate and not more than 2% silicon dioxide added (as anticaking agent).
I’m not even going to print the Apples and Skim Milk ingredients; trust me, they’re LOADED with flavors, preservatives, and additives.
Back to my original topic, Traditional Dieting/Calories In /Calories Out is a BUSINESS. It promises weight loss and rakes in money. In 2012, about 108 Million Americans were on a Diet, and the Industry brought in $20 BILLION that year, $20 BILLION. It promises weight loss, but it doesn’t deliver weight loss.
Want to lose weight: get your head on straight. You need to eat Real Whole Foods Every Single Day. You need to plan, cook, shop and pack, and make smart choices when you eat out. Not because the food is “fattening”, but because it’s loaded with flours, sugars, bad oils and chemicals that make you sick and addicted. Focus on the word “addicted”, because that’s the biggest struggle I see: not being able to stop eating or resist foods calling to you. As long as you’re eating addictive foods containing Flour, Sugar, and chemicals, you’re going to stay addicted. It’s just like cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. Trying to be “moderate” just ensures the addictive patterns continue.
I do a lot of work with Julia Ross’s Mood Cure and Diet Cure. It’s an Amino Acid supplement program that restocks/replenishes the neurotransmitters in your brain. You become ” Normal “, as opposed to Food Driven. It’s an excellent program that I’ve used on myself, my husband, and several clients. The results are unbelievable. If you think you can’t stick to a Real Whole Foods program because the Fake Foods/flours/sugars/chemicals constantly call you, get in touch with me. You can change. You can get healthy. You can be normal weight and full of energy. Honest. You just need to become a Real Whole Foodie.