Blog #6 What is the best way to lose weight?

The best way to lose weight is ……

Today I read a report arguing that in fact it’s a myth that we can be fat and fit. Apparently a movement started a few years ago claiming that it’s OK to be 200lbs as long as you’re active…… I’m pleased to read this because I think it’s wrong to give false hope to people who are carrying so much extra fat. In my opinion it’s wrong to be politically correct about a serious health issue.

People are overweight for lots of complicated reasons which is why I don’t believe a ‘diet’ is very helpful. Wouldn’t it be better to try to examine and address the cause? Low self esteem, confidence, stress, multiple reasons why people reach for food as the answer to problems. They are all very personal, and the answers and solutions will be different.

As I say, honesty is always the best policy. Confront the fact that a person has a health problem, I/ you need to lose 10lbs or 30lbs to prevent and relieve serious issues like Type 2 Diabetes, joint pain, raised blood pressure etc etc.

Now you can make a plan on how to tackle it. The goal is to make healthy changes for life. Calorie restriction and diet plans will work if you stick to the instructions…..
Slimming clubs work for a lot of people, maybe it’s the idea of the weekly public weigh in?

I have a concern that if we become fixated on restricting calories for weight loss we can lose sight of the original mission – to be healthy and stay healthy. We all need variety and vitamins and minerals.

Preprepared calorie controlled meals are useful for one thing, you know exactly how many calories you have eaten, if you are counting calories. However for optimum health as well as slimness you should avoid all processed food.┬áThe diet industry is huge and offers us lots of options, too numerous to mention here. It is in their interest to keep us trying more systems…..

Let’s go back to our original mantra – keep it simple – no processed food – if it’s been anywhere near a machine or a factory floor don’t eat it. No refined sugar/sweetener. Easy! Of course I’m including bread products here, the chemicals used to extend the life of a loaf haven’t yet been proven to extend yours…..

Listen to your body and eat what suits you. We are all different, I prefer not to eat meat, but love fish and dairy. If you love a steak check the source, grass fed organic is best.
I’m very keen not to give instructions, I have no right to do that. Also when we think about a problem and make our own plan we stick to our decisions in a much more positive way. This is a project we can actually enjoy, the rewards quickly become obvious. A slimmer, fitter, healthier you!

Wait Before You Watch The Scales

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Hello again. The purpose of this blog is not to tell anybody what to do, but rather to share my experiences and what works for me. I would like to give you some food for thought and hopefully nudge you towards a healthier diet that suits you.

How are you getting on with the no instant box food and no refined sugar?

I’m anticipating you are feeling the benefits already. You will of course have realised that the bonus is you have dramatically reduced your salt intake without trying….
This means that you will clean up your palate and food you previously would have described as bland becomes tasty.

How you are reacting to these changes really depends on how much processed food and drinks you have been accustomed to… that includes the artificial sweeteners that have been hiding too…. Please avoid all artificial sweeteners, check anything that says low sugar. I have been reading some articles that suggest that they actually increase the risk of obesity and diabetes. The reasons are a bit scientific, so probably best I don’t attempt an explanation, but they alter the composition and function of intestinal microbiota.

I deliberately suggested trying these changes for a month. Our bodies and systems need a while to receive this new information, give your liver and chance to work for you.
It’s a good idea to drink plenty of water, being hydrated will help any withdrawal symptoms, like headache.

On the subject of drinking – I stick with my personal philosophy – if possible all drinks should be as simple and uncomplicated as possible. Preferably buy coffee beans, good quality tea, wine with no additives, also beer. Good gin, vodka, whisky are fine I’m sure but think very carefully about the mixers.

So today I’m suggesting not getting on the scales until you have been eating like this for a full 4 weeks. You will be increasingly aware that you are moving faster and skin clearer, sleeping better. Your portions will be smaller because you are eating only nutrient dense food that hasn’t had any addictive chemicals added.

Your body is going to settle into a natural state of feeling increasingly well. More on that next time! Because I have a sweet tooth I’m going to include another cake recipe. Next time I’m going to share a savoury one for people who don’t like cake! Enjoy your food and feeling good….

Raspberry and Coconut Loaf. ( taken from Clean Alice) Oven 180, 1lb loaf tin, lined.

175g ground almonds 25g desiccated coconut 1 lemon, zested
2tsp baking powder

3 eggs
5 tbsp honey ( I didnt use so much but see what you think) 150g raspberries.

Mix all dry ingredients.
Whisk the eggs, add the honey, Add the 2 mixes together
Fold in the raspberries

Bake for 50-60 mins, covering with foil for the last 20 mins