The best way to lose weight may likely be to avoid diets, according to a recent Harvard University study that revealed counting calories is not as effective for weight loss as once believed. Instead of following a diet, eat with good nutrition in mind, and you won’t need to be a slave to counting calories or carbohydrates.
What Kind of Calories Do You Eat?
According to the Harvard study, it’s the kind of calories you eat and the the regular amount of exercise you’re getting that are more important than counting calories.
There is a plethora of diets out there: Atkins, Weight Watchers, Mediterranean, Egg, Grapefruit, South Beach, New South Beach, Jenny Craig and the list goes on and on.
Moreover, many people are willing to spend a lot of money for diets and diet supplements that promise miracles. Unfortunately, most people who follow diets typically gain the weight back as soon as they go off the diets. The word diet implies a temporary fix to a permanent problem.
Have you found a diet you’ve been able to stick to for longer than two years? If so, please tell us about in the comment section below.
Change Your Eating Habits and Change Your Life
Instead of following a restrictive diet, keep the following principles in mind for losing weight and keeping it off:
Avoid products that say fat free, low fat, sugar free, and low sugar. Most food manufacturers put something in these products to make them taste good. For example, foods that are fat free or low in fat usually have a lot of sugar added to make them taste good. Sugar free and low sugar foods usually contain sugar substitutes like aspartame.
Choose to change the types of food you eat and you shouldn’t have to count calories. Instead of prepackaged meals and other types of fast and processed foods, follow a whole foods plant-based eating plan.
Most of your diet should consist of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and some lean protein. There has been a lot of research that supports a whole foods plant based food plan for weight loss and improved health. For the research that supports this type of eating, check out the article Forks Over Knives Diet.
If you’re interested in more information about choosing a plant based way of life, check out the following articles:
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- Plant Based Diet is the Best Way to Lose Weight for Health
Good Carbs and Bad Carbs
Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and low in calories. Whole grains are also good food choices because they’re high in fiber. These types of foods contain good carbs.
Bad carbs are the ones that come from fast, processed, and sugary foods. These kinds of carbohydrates lead to diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and many other diseases and health disorders.
Good Fats and Bad Fats
Fat has gotten a bad reputation lately, but fat is necessary for good health. Instead of avoiding foods that are high in fat, choose foods like nuts and avocados. These types of plant foods have healthy fats and help protect vital organs and nerves as well as keeping your reproductive system healthy. Healthy fats may also protect against heart disease. They also help you feel full.
Avoid bad fats. These types of fats are found in fast and processed foods like Twinkies, cookies, candies, and foods prepared in fast-food restaurants.
Diets are Oxymorons
You expect to lose weight on diets; however, research shows that over 90 percent of people who lose weight fon diets, gain the weight back as fast as they lost it.
Finding the Motivation
For most people, finding the motivation to stay on a diet permanently is near impossible. It’s better to change your eating habits permanently and keep moderation in mind. In other words, stick to a mostly whole foods plant-based food plan and have a treat once in a while. You’ll find that you will probably not have to count calories or follow a diet.
If you feel a lot of fear about changing to a mostly plant-based way of life, consider this: many people who have ditched junk food and calorie counting say it’s hard for the first few days to follow a plant-based eating plan, but soon their cravings for bad foods disappear and they soon feel better emotionally and physically.
What do you think about diets? Have you found a diet that has worked for you permanently? Have you changed your eating habits and found a way of eating that offers you the freedom from diet?