Diets Don’t Work

I think everyone is on to the fact that diets don’t really work. Whatever diet plan you choose, even if it’s successful will have the ultimate rebound effect once you stop it. I think the key is to choose foods that are ultimately good for your health in a way that can be maintained in the long term. Not just for loosing weight but to stay healthy and maintain a certain quality of life. In that vain I can’t recommend Michael Pollan’s, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, highly enough.

It’s along the same lines as The Omnivore’s Dilemma but it expands on it a bit. It’s a little preachy at times and it oversimplifies the obesity epidemic. Basically the point is that we should eat real food. Lots of vegetables and fruit, some meat if you desire. The other main point was to know where your food comes from. If you eat meat, how was your meat raised and where did it come from? These are all interesting, thought provoking ways of viewing the way we feed ourselves. It’s not revolutionary but we have gotten so far away from the basics it deserves attention. If you are eating a diets high in green leafy veggies and fruits, it doesn’t leave a lot of room for processed foods. What do you think about this? How does it apply to your own life and your view of diets in general? Let’s discuss.

Via Michael Pollan.com

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      Great article and more helpful information for all of us. I agree with your comment about healthy eating and I am a proponent of slow but methodical weight loss. I am diabetic and I have now lost more than 40 lbs. and plan to loose and additional 40 lbs. which by that time will take me to a BMI that I haven’t seen since I was 18. I started at very obese and plan to end at “fit and trim”! Thanks for the great information in your post!

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      I couldn’t agree more. This is the first book on nutrition that I believe.

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