With almost 70% of the population in the United States either overweight or obese, a call to action is needed to reverse this epidemic problem. This problem has been on the rise since the 1970’s when the dietary changes were implemented. The recommendations were to reduce saturated fats, and increase carbohydrates. Proteins were almost an after thought since the recommended percentages were between 10-15%. The consumer listened to the government recommendations and successfully gained weight and continued becoming unhealthier. Heart disease, diabetes, strokes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems all continued to rise. Although Atkins proclaimed a significantly different diet back in the ’70s, it wasn’t until the 1990’s that the craze for high protein, low carb became common language to the consumer. Today we have The Mediterranean Diet, The South Beach Diet, The Paleo Diet, The Vegetarian/Vegan Diet as well as others which generally are implemented ONLY AFTER a weight problem has taken effect.
In general, all of these diets work. Although the consumer is looking for the latest and greatest diet that will help them achieve their desired goal, the answers will not be found in the next diet. The only benefit that new diets create are revenue sources for the developer. Less than 5% of the population will ever stay on a diet plan for their lifetime. This is why I have found meal planning MUST INCLUDE ALL FOODS people enjoy. Naturally, this doesn’t mean that you can eat unlimited quantities on a daily basis and achieve good healthy results. It means you learn how to INCORPORATE the foods you like to prevent any feelings of deprivation. There are three simple rules to follow:
RULE #1 You must feed your body what it needs FIRST! This means eating some foods you may not enjoy. This will be a small sacrifice to achieve long-term healthy weight loss. The good news is once you provide your body with the WATER AND FOOD it needs, you can then eat foods that fulfill your needs for flavor and taste. You will find that the quality foods and water will satiate enough hunger that the quantity of less healthy foods will become less desirable without feeling anger, frustration or deprivation.
RULE #2 No eating in front of the TV or computer.
RULE #3 YOU MUST ALWAYS FOLLOW RULE #1 and #2