Before creating this blog I couldn’t resist reading up on other nutrition blogs, cook books, food fads etc. and while some concepts are based on solid science (i.e. written by people who base their views on real research, have some element of training and aren’t just trying to make money!), much of them just make me furious and I have to stop reading. Where has the scientific basis for these concepts come from? Have they purely been thought up to sell books and make money?
Yes, the chances are, if you cut out a major food group from your diet or fail to eat for two days a week, you will lose weight, as you are likely to be consuming fewer calories than your body is used to. But what happens when you get bored of the diet or you can’t sustain it for the long term? You put the weight back on, often even more than you lost in the first place, but you say to yourself, “it’s ok I know I can lose it quickly again, when I want to.” But did you know that each time you lose weight quickly and put it back on, you’ll have a higher percent body fat than before you started dieting? Because when you lose weight quickly you lose lean muscle tissue and then you put weight back on as fat.
I feel I should point out that if you’re not eating anything/much for two days, you’re not going to be getting the essential nutrients you need for those two days, or if you cut out a major food group (such as carbohydrates), you’re not getting the nutrients required from those foods. We seem to have become obsessed by calories and forgotten about all the other reasons we need to eat food. What about your iron, fibre, essential fats along with all the other keys nutrients we need to get from your diet (and no dietary supplements, can’t replace a balanced diet!).
The reality is that you stand a better chance of losing weight and keeping it off, while also not suffering nutrition deficiencies, with a healthy balanced diet and exercise. It’s not about a quick fix, it’s about achieving a lifelong healthy weight, not just losing weight for a holiday/party/wedding. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. Resisting tempting treats at every turn is a challenge, but it’s a challenge worth tackling if you want to maintain a healthy weight and not be yoyo dieting for the rest of your life.
No, this isn’t very exciting, but what would you prefer, for your weight to constantly fluctuate and not know whether you can fit into to your jeans from one day to the next? Or to achieve a healthy weight and maintain it forever?
I hope you haven’t lost interest already, but this is what you’ll find in this blog. Not sexy exciting tips for fast weight loss, but sensible, evidence-based information, ideas and advice on how to change the way you and your family eat to be healthier forever.