If you blame your food, try to apply a “new” diet, seek help at a nutritionist, while feeling uncomfortable with your body weight and then you might not be doing the right thing!

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When we go to a nutritionist we get an evaluation. The nutritionist is will talking about carbs, fats, proteins, will ask you about our eating preferences.

And we tell him: I eat a lot of vegetables!” “I rarely consume fat food”, “I eat cakes a few time a week”, “I avoid white bread”…etc. We all do this evaluation when it comes to food…no wonder we get fat even we shouldn’t… All this words lack precision!

Than you will have avoid “this” and “that” based on evaluation above, then you will get a nutrition plan. And you will go home and start the plan for the following days or if you are better motivated even weeks. Than we will just forget or get caught in activities or feel that we did our part for a long time so we may take a break…anyway we stop and go back to “the old habit”.

Why people go back to the old habits?

First because you have to change your eating habits not just for a few days…then, because…the nutritionist is not with you!

The only consistent change may come FROM YOURSELF and from KNOWING  where you stand in precise way, without “believing” or “guessing”.

Diets

The most accessible approach to lose weight is to apply a diet: one of 100 diet plans (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diets) we all hope will do the job. Behind every diet there is always “big” promise. Diets have the same pattern: favour a food and magic happens … you lose weight,  get better vigour, beauty, heath, bright skin,…

If you are looking at diets is very hard to believe that would all work. On top of this, most of this diets, that appear every year or are “rediscovered” have proved to trigger health issues.

So why people follow diets?

Because eating and eating effect on our bodies is a grey area of science. The mechanisms involved in converting food in body parts and energy is so complex that we understand them at a general, mainly empirical level.

The digestion only is so complex there is no way to understand and determine a universal algorithm that will apply to all of us.

For instance 99% of our gut bacteria come from about 30 or 40 species but in our intestines we may have between 300 and 1000 different species. So could we consider a person having 784 species with another person having 848 species that will “digest” in the same way? Now imagine the probability for a study to solve the “issue”… though considerable steps have been done.

The chemical mechanism inside our bodies and decisions making related to storing and converting fat is not our rational decision is a command given by our brain. We can observe brain area electromagnetic activation, we understand where in our brain some of the activities are controlled. But the brain is composed of 100 billion nerve cells communicating instantly in all directions. Brian cells “communicate” but we do not really understand what are the nerves are talking about, we just can observe that they do a pretty good job.

So, we are willing to believe that diets work not because there is a actual proof of their effectiveness but rather because:

  • people are always looking to a “magic quick fix”, especially in areas where is no much clarity
  • and probably the most important reason, you can lose weight following almost any of them… at least at the beginning, before you give up.

The last point needs a little exploration. If you lose weight is not because of consuming  a “low..on something and high on the…other” kind of food. There is another simpler reason:

Whenever you favour just a food category you will inevitably limit the amount of food you eat. Simply put: you tired eating to much of just one category of and because you cannot eat the other, as the diet not permit it, you will stop before eating too much calories. Therefore you will lose weight.

The best way to evaluate diets, before any scientific research will back up the applicability,  is looking at how long a diet is followed. The more restrictive the diet is the less it will be followed. And in normal day to day life is so easy to forget about diet, there are so many other things that turn to be far more important than what you eat.

The best solution is to change the eating habits

In our opinion, if you are serious about making a positive change toward a better nutrition, then you should  focus on a lower pace but more effective approach.

And make, one by one, progressive eating habit changes. Following the principle below:

  • if you eat now processed food, the first week remove all the processed from one meal, than the half from another meal than keep doing this until you feel that you went as far as you could.
  • if you eat to much sweets, well … do the same: reduce a specific amount, for instance sugar from your every morning coffee,  and do it consistently until you eat sweets once a week then once a month or why not completely eliminate sugar.
  • then go on and do the same with: white flour, alcohol, fat cheese, etc.

Now what should you replace it with?

  • more vegetable and fruits

(I am sure you know all of this or at least heard about it – I do not know what to say about …how effectively you apply this advices …:) )

How much vegetable? We don’t really know. A fair answer would be: as much as you can and as varied as possible! Some say 100%, and claim this will protect you from many possible health issues. Read about it and decide for yourself. A great resource I consider to be Dr Michael Greger website: https://nutritionfacts.org/

If you do all the above you will most likely lose weight. But because we are indulgent with ourselves and tend to underestimate the mistakes and overestimate the good deeds there should be an objective referee: the food scale!

Because not all foods have the same energy level convert the food intake into calories and count calories. You have to get over the stage of  “believing how much you eat “ to “knowing how much and what you eat”.

You will find a lot of resources supporting the idea that weight loss is not all about calories. We will not contradict this concept, we will just suggest, before you accept that only a limited number of foods can do you good, test the most simple solution, reduce Kcal intake, and check if it works for you or not. Is easy way to see, by yourself, if it works or not.

updated: 07 June 2019

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