Diets don’t work long-term, that much we know. Less than 3% of dieters keep the weight off long-term.
That’s because typical diets based on calorie restriction or smaller portions of the same unhealthy foods are not the answer for long-term weight loss OR improved health.
So what do we need to do?
Lifelong weight control and good health require permanent lifestyle changes, not a short-term, restrictive diet.
Perhaps you’re concerned because your weight is creeping up and you’ve just been diagnosed with hypertension/high cholesterol/pre-diabetes. You recognize that it’s time for a course correction and the time to make changes is now. If so, here are four factors to consider before choosing another typical “diet” plan:
- Is is sustainable? In other words, is this something I can comfortably do for the long-haul? Or will I be destined to eat small portions, count points, feel deprived, or feel hungry? Going “on a diet” often means that at some point, you’ll go OFF the diet and return to normal eating (which may have gotten you into trouble to begin with). So ask yourself if your new way of eating will serve you well over many years.
- Is it nutritionally sound? Will you be getting the protein, carbs, fat, calcium, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants you need – in the right amounts – in order to function well? Does the new plan ask you to take supplements in order to meet your nutritional needs, and if so, is that because those nutrients are missing from the foods?
- Is the new plan based on sound science? This one can be tricky, since there are studies to back up any theory or point of view. In order to be sure, we always have to assure the science being referenced meets certain criteria. You can learn more about that here.
- Is it safe for my health? Diet books that fly off the shelves are often anything BUT good for your long-term health. Your new eating plan should be able to prevent and reverse disease, without contributing to more problems down the road. Today’s diets which focus on high-fat, high-protein, low-carb foods are known contributors to serious health issues. As Dr. Greger points out in his “How Not to Diet” book, the goal of weight loss is not to lighten the load for your pallbearers. Your new way of eating should BUILD health, not destroy it.
The good news is that you CAN have the best of both worlds.
Natural, safe weight loss which will maintain or restore your health, not worsen it.
The diet plan (or should I say lifelong way of eating) that can answer those 4 questions with a resounding YES is a whole food, plant-based diet without the use of added oils.
And did I mention the foods are satisfying and delicious!? All your favorite comfort foods remade into healthy versions, with no deprivation or hunger.
I invite you explore more about this health promoting, anti-inflammatory way of eating. Once you get over the learning curve, you will NOT regret that you’ve given your body the best chance to heal. More energy, better mobility, clearer thinking, and so much more.
My book, The “Plan A” Diet, is also packed with sound science (and optional scriptural support for those in the Christian faith). The book is available anywhere books are sold, or signed copies can be ordered here for only $10.
Why wait any longer? This may be the solution you’ve been praying for.
Dear friend, I know that you are spiritually well. I pray that you’re doing well in every other way and that you’re healthy. (3 John 1:2, GW)