I think part of why so many people are overweight is because they're overwhelmed by the information given them by 'experts.' I saw 3 different medical professionals about my weight - family practice dr, dietician, and gyn - and was given 3 very different sets of opinions. Confusing!
After reading and reading some more, the [very] basic differences between the 'lifestyle' diets I read about involved meat, grains and animal fat (meat and dairy).
They each agree that whole foods, veggies and fruit are good. Drinking water is good and so is exercise.
They are in concert against white flour, white/artificial sugar, and processed foods in general.
~ a lifestyle change that can be sustained over the long term -- no weird vitamins or pills, no fasting 3 days/week, etc
~ a diet that doesn't require foods vastly different from what my family eats -- no special order meals or crazy expensive supplements
So here's the deal for me
1. Eat lots of veggies particularly leafy green ones and limit starchy ones like potatoes
2. Drink lots of water - at least 80 oz/day
3. Continue to eat meat ~3x/week
4. Continue to eat fruit - especially blueberries
5. Limit dairy intake to no more than 2 svgs/day - and the dairy I do eat will ideally be from pasture fed cows
6. Limit grain intake to no more than 2 svgs/day - and the grains I eat should be whole and soaked when possible
7. Avoid white flour, white sugar/artifiical sweetners (corn syrup, fructose, etc) and processed foods
The good thing is I've been doing this fairly consistently since January and it hasn't been a huge shock to my daily life.
What a minute?
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you always got.
So if I haven't lost weight since January, how am I going to continue to do this and meet my objective?
Great question. The key lies in the words Fairly Consistently.
The new word is Consistently.
Consistently track my calories in and calories expended. Consistently avoid #7. Be more diligent about limiting #s 5 and 6. Choosing veggies or fruit over toast or popcorn for a snack. And if I've reached my caloric limit for the day....stop eating.
I can do this. I will do this.