Eat Right

When I first started blogging about losing weight, back in 2006, I wanted a name for it that concisely reflected the reality of what we (those of us wanting to lose weight) were striving for. Foreshadowing Michael Pollan's great book, "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" and its advice on healthy eating: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants", I decided that "Eat Right, Get Out Of Breath" was the most appropriate advice I could come up with for would-be weight losers. 

When you think about how a tiny amount of a drug has such a huge effect on our bodies, then think about the massive volume of food that we consume in comparison, it's astonishing that we don't give more credence to the idea that food is a drug (of sorts). I take 8 mg of a blood thinner daily to thin my blood. I'm pretty sure in a typical day I consume more than 800 g (1.76 lbs) of food (that's 100,000 times as much!) If the 8 mg of warfarin can double the time it takes for my blood to clot, what is my body doing with all the nutrients, and all the bad stuff, that I eat as food each day? The human body in balance is truly wonderful.

Hot debate

I know, there's a big debate about what's the best diet to lose weight. There's the insulin hypothesis (blaming excess carbohydrates for weight gain), and the food reward hypothesis (blaming addictive processed foods), and the lean-tissue hypothesis (blaming nutrient deficiency), and the simple calories-in/calories-out theory. I'm not going to tell you what to think. If you are reading this then you've obviously read a lot about health and nutrition and have probably already formed your own opinion. My purpose here is to tell you about my personal experience, and what has worked for me in the past. 

There are a lot of so-called experts in the field of diet and nutrition, and most of them are pushing their agenda because they have something to sell you. Dieting is a HUGE industry in the United States. 

The writers who have influenced my thinking a bit have been people like Michael Pollan, and journalist Gary Taubes (Why We Get Fat and also Good Calories, Bad Calories), and pediatric endocrinologist Dr Robert Lustig (Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease and an interesting YouTube video called Sugar: The Bitter Truth at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM). 

There are more resources at the link below: Resources.

What worked for me

Smaller portions. More fiber: a lot more! Cutting down on carbohydrates, which meant almost no bread or products made with flour, and certainly ABSOLUTELY no added sugar. 

In the mid-1980s, English journalist Audrey Eyton published a high fiber diet book called the F-Plan Diet, with an emphasis on increasing fiber consumption and limiting calories. When I was living in England for the year between 2005 and 2006, I lost 85 pounds by (among other things) eating more grated carrots, dried apricots and baked beans, based on ideas in that book. 

What I'm eating now is not a ketogenic (very low carb) diet like Atkins, but I am limiting carbohydrates quite a bit. I'm eating a lot of salads with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, grated carrot and some form of protein. It seems to be working. 

Recipes

I'm going to add a section to this website for recipes that I have tried and liked, that I think others might like to try also.
Subpages (2): Recipes Resources