Recently, I could hardly
believe it when I heard about the "Fast Food
Diet"! Am I against fast food? Yes and no, meaning that
I'm not against our eating fast food but I'm against
recommending it as a diet to lose. In fact, let me say
unconditionally, I'm personally against all the popular
weight loss diets!
So, today, what I'd like to say is calories, calories,
calories count first regardless of the diet we choose to
lose! What does this mean? If we take in less calories than
we burn over a period of time we will lose weight. It's that
simple. Research backs this up. All diets in some manner
restrict our caloric intake (some just disguise it better)
leading to weight loss.
All nutrients including protein will be turned into stored
body fat when our total calories exceed our total need. Fat
and alcohol are the easiest type of calories for the body to
store as fat. This is why we need to watch our fat and
alcohol intake for weight loss (I'm excluding health
reasons). Fat and alcohol are also more calorically dense,
which means we get little quantity for a whole lot of
calories. Cutting out fat and alcohol without adding lots of
food can result in a large decrease in total calories.
We lose weight quickly on high protein diets because without
carbohydrates in our diet , we lose lots of water weight.
This can translate into a 3-7LB loss in one week depending
upon our body weight. Another reason research has shown that
high protein diets result in weight loss, is boredom. Yes,
after weeks and months of eating just meats and high protein
foods (most of us don't realize it), we start to reduce
portions because we desire less and less of the very limited
foods we are eating. This, combined with the fact that we
are not eating the foods that we tend to overeat (bread?)
leads to an overall reduced amount of food. Reduced food,
reduced portions, means you guessed it, less calories hence
weight loss. But how long will YOU go without carbs? Even
the new fast food diet outlines how to stay within 1500
calories (no big macs for us on this!) to lose!
So, we're back to less calories eaten than burned equals
weight loss, regardless of the diet. However, research does
show that these popular diets do NOT lead to long weight
So, perhaps we need to think of a specific way to save a few
calories everyday because a few saved here and there does
add up to weight loss and maintenance. "Creative
Eating" perhaps (my way of course!).