As many of you already know last September I undertook an eating challenge: gluten, dairy, meat, sugar, caffeine and alcohol were all unceremoniously dumped in favour of plant based, whole grain foods. Unsuprisingly, this regime, which lasted a month, caused a substantial change in my physiology. My weight and measurements all reduced.
Sounds a bit like a crash diet right? Cut loads of stuff out and ‘detox’? In a way it sort of was, except that everything was replaced with a healthier alternative. There was no reduction in portion size, no concern for calories, fat or any traditional ‘diet’ measures. It wasn’t a diet. It was a complete change but done in a sensible way. Ok the suddenness was quite extreme – I’ll grant you that but, after that month, it was such a great way to feel and to eat I kept it up. I still don’t eat any animal products, processed sugars and avoid refined carbohydrates. Ohh and I NEVER put anything low-fat in my mouth unless it is naturally low in fat…
Thing is, just over a year later – I haven’t regained anything. In fact, due to an increased exercise regime, I’ve actually lost cm’s in my upper arms and thighs as they have toned up. My exercise regime isn’t anything regimented, I walk a fair bit, do a planking challenge as often as I can and attend an adult gymnastics class (which is awesome). That’s it – not much really but still making a substantial difference.
So there it is. I don’t weigh my food, I don’t count calories and I don’t fast myself. I eat when I am hungry, allow myself a treat a day, still have the odd bottle of wine and love some crisps at the weekend. There’s nothing extraordinary about how I live really. It’s quite simple. I avoid animal fat, processed sugar and refined carbohydrates and keep relatively active. ohh and I feel great. Did I mention that? I focus upon foods which will help me feel healthier and keep me well. I don’t eat much beige food, I go for colourful, fresh and natural where possible. It’s really not that complicated but the diet industry doesn’t want you to know that! They bamboozle us with complex nutrition and offer ‘scientific’ looking plans which actually fly in the face of science. It’s widely considered that low-fat foods are damaging yet these form the basis of ‘free’ foods. It’s known that sugar is more damaging than fats but the slimming plans are laden with sugar. Why is that? Seems strange to me except, every single person I know who has followed a ‘slimming plan’ has regained ALL the weight plus a lot more. I know three people who follow my food plan. Guess what? Yeah – they all have maintained their slim figures for over a year and all feel the health benefits. Mmmmmh – who’s got the right idea here?
But don’t just take my word for it – there’s some pretty heavy duty science in this report and guess what… yeah – a tiny percentage of LIFELONG slimming club members can keep the weight off!
Psychologist Prof Traci Mann of the University of Minnesota has conducted extensive research into eating behaviour and says it is time to deal with the obsession with weight loss.
“If we could get people to focus on health instead of weight as what they’re striving for, we’d be a lot better off in every way.”
I might be middle-aged but I ain’t spreading anytime soon 😉