The problem with most diets is that they tend to concentrate on food and ignore the underlying issues that are making us fat.
It’s a question of looking at the whole picture rather than just individual aspects.
To get to the root of the problem, it is necessary to look at the typical modern day diet.
The typical modern day diet consists of:
• High intake of fatty foods
• Low intake of fresh fruit and vegetables
• Excessive amounts of refined carbohydrates
• Low fresh fiber intake
• Low water consumption
These are the main problems facing the western diet.
Before looking at the solutions, it is important to note that there are some key issues that need to be addressed.
One of the most obvious problems is the food.
Why is it that the average diet does not prevent you from eating food?
Is it because it can’t be eaten?
Is it because it just isn’t good for you?
Or is it because you just don’t know how or where to find healthy substitutes for the foods you love.
Dieting alone will not solve your problem.
In fact it will likely make the problem worse because one of the ways to identify food is through its nutritional value.
So dieting can either make you put on weight or it can make you lose weight.
And it can’t do both.
The next point is the critical one.
Why do we insist on dieting when we know we are hungry?
Or when we are thirsty?
How can this imbalance in our nutritional intake create hunger?
It is impossible for your body to tell the difference between hunger and thirst.
Unless you are so blind that you ignore the thirst and hunger pangs.
Then even if you don’t feel hungry and your thirst is still demanding action, your body’s sheer thirst mechanism cannot overcome this.
So you end up with hung pangs.
And then so begins the whole process again, and again, until all of the weight, and even more, that you had lost returns.
The easy way to avoid this is to eat healthy food.
The easy way to eat healthy is to get hold of a copy of the energy balance formula.
It doesn’t have much space in the small print, but once you read it, it runs through literally millions of times in the ingredient list.
It tells you how many calories you need every day.
And it also tells you in which order you need them, by giving you first the calories you need for your sedentary lifestyle, then calories for your bodily activities, then calories for digestion and finally calories for your voluntary body activities.
You don’t need to guess about the order – the computer has done the hard work for you.
After you find out the number of calories you need each day to maintain your weight, you then have what is called your requirement for calories each day.
This is a little bit more helpful, but remember that the best-fit weight loss program has to take into account you need knowing the unique way that you behave.
You can’t expect Jack to eat on heed for you, even if you are the most diligent dieter in town. You can’t even expect Jack to eat at exactly the same times for fear that you will eat in excess.
He’ll eat when he’s hungry, and be done with it.
You might be more like Jack – you’ll eat everything in sight when you’re hungry. But you eat in part because you need to enjoy the experience of eating.
A balanced diet along with regular exercises amounts to weight loss that is permanent and healthy, rather than short-lived.