Diets And Dieting,
Choosing The Right Diet For You
Before we dive into this article on diets and dieting, I
want to be clear about something we are talking about here.
We're talking about diets for overweight people - not about
What are reversal diets? Reversal diets are diets for
reversing a disease or serious medical condition. If you are
looking to start a "reversal diet" for ANY HEALTH CHALLENGE,
PLEASE DO SO WITH - AND UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF - YOUR DOCTOR.
DON'T DO IT ALONE! You won't find the information you need
for reversal diets here.
Whew! That being said, let's dive into diets for the rest of
us, shall we?
Did you know? "...The word 'diet' is often interpreted as 'a
temporary regimen that leads to permanent weight loss,' rather
than its original meaning of 'how one eats.'"
Most experts agree, quick weight loss diets do not work in
the long run. "Research has shown that the faster you lose, the
more likely you are to regain the weight and the greater the
danger to your health."*1 According to
PDRhealth, to "lose weight safely you should choose a
program that recommends plenty of vegetables, fruits, and
whole-grain products; and includes beans (legumes), as well
as some nonfatty fish and poultry for protein and nonfat dairy
products for calcium... That's a far cry from the high-protein,
low-carbohydrate diet of the past, now believed to be a sure
path to quick fatigue and poor performance."
It's also a far cry from the controversial high-protein,
diet and other similar diets.
Diets And The Food
It's interesting to note that many of the more highly
recommended diets considered "safe" among most experts
follow the Food
Pyramid food types fairly closely, even though some may
skew the servings a bit for each category.
Other experts on the other hand, encourage eating more
low-glycemic foods, and less high-glycemic foods many of which
are major components of the Food
Note: In the Low-Glycemic Index Table, most popular
vegetables are acceptable - however, beets and potatoes are not
Calories And Your
Perhaps the hardest part for dieters is watching the
calories consumed, because if you consume more calories than
you burn - whatever their source - you will gain weight. "The
consensus is that calories do count, although extremely
low-calorie diets can be unproductive." When you look at the
Pyramid, you'll see the largest portion of the pyramid fell
under the "Bread, Cereal, Rice and Pasta Group" and in most
cases this is where the calories tend to add up
Here might be where Low-Glycemic Index Table (L-GIT) foods
make considerable sense. For example, there are no acceptable
breads on the list, unless they are made with unrefined flour
made with kernels of the grains - usually harder to find, yet
well worth the health gain when you realize the benefits.
Additionally, all forms of rice are considered good L-GIT
foods, and are generally also low in calories. But most cereals
are considered high-glycemic, and therefore it's recommended to
look for high-fiber cereals. When counting your calories, you
want to look at the calories/serving listed on the food labels,
while at the same time pay attention to listed nutrition
The good news about choosing L-GIT foods is the wide variety
of food choices open to you. You want to avoid diet plans
and programs with excessively restrictive food choices.
They are a recipe for failure in the long term, and in some
cases may even cause more harm to your body than good (however,
not all experts would agree with this statement).
It goes without saying, yet I'll say it here anyway - a good
weight loss program should include exercise.
PDRhealth*1 recommends "The best way to
slim down and achieve fitness is with an easy program you can
stick with and work into the rest of your daily activities; one
that you can enjoy no matter how unfit you are to start
We've included their very simple Kitchen Counter Hop on our
exercise tips web page here at BestLiquidVitamins.com as
well as links to further resources.
What many diet products and programs fail to point out is
the positive effects exercise have on insulin in the body, but
there is not enough time and space in the scope of this short
article to discuss those benefits here.
Choosing The Right
Important Note Worth Repeating: If you have a medical
problem we strongly advise you to choose your weight loss
program with your doctor's help! Personally, I feel your
doctor should be made aware of any major lifestyle changes that
may directly (or indirectly) affect your health.
That being said, what is your perfect weight loss diet
I feel the best diet program is one which will fit most
easily into your current lifestyle. Let's face it, when you're
choosing a diet you are choosing a personal behavior change. In
other words, making a difference in what and how much you eat
is a behavior choice - and you want one that can be easy for
you to achieve in order for it to work. Make sense?
*1PDRhealth writes "...the secret
lies in finding the nutritional strategy that works best
You'll want a program that you are most likely to stick
with. It makes sense, therefore, to choose one which: contains
a wide variety of foods to eat, encourages exercise (without
being too extreme), helps you lose weight slowly over time, and
does not starve your body of needed nutrients ... basically,
a diet program which you AND YOUR BODY can live with
comfortably for a long period of time.
The Great Nutrition Debate*2, put
together and filmed by the USDA in February 2000, includes
leading founders of several popular diets. BUT MAKE SURE YOU
LISTEN to the entire 3 hour debate to get the full story of
each of them. There's some powerful information near the end
which you simply DON'T WANT TO MISS. You'll need RealPlayer
installed. You can get a free copy of RealPlayer
here. To listen to the entire Great Nutrition Debate online, simply click
this link and it will start your RealPlayer. Remember,
it's almost 3 full hours, so be prepared to sit back and
listen. Not enough time right now? Then bookmark this page
and return when you have more time, okay?
So now the rest is up to you. Do your research. Check out
the many resources available, both here on our
website as well as other highly respected sources, and go
PS: Always remember, be kind to yourself. You are very
special to all of us here at Best Liquid Vitamins!
Additional Sources And
Resources for Choosing the Right Diet for You