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Quick! Don’t Diet!

by DrLeAnne Deardeuff on January 1, 2014

It’s the time for New Year’s resolutions, just like every new year. The cliché is that everyone makes a yearly resolution to lose weight after all the feasting of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. It is usually the same resolution we make at the beginning of every new year. We probably also are determined to cut down on spending for a while. That’s a good resolution. But I suggest that we put off the dieting, at least for a while. Why? Because it’s counter-productive and probably doomed to fail. Then you’ll be depressed. Winter is already too depressing. There, you can feel good about not dieting! “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven (Eccl 3:1),” and winter is not the season for weight loss.

 

But we can get ready to diet! In a couple of weeks we will start a weight-loss club that actually doesn’t begin with dieting, but with some groundwork that will prepare minds and bodies to lose weight. It’s pretty effective.

 

In the meantime, we can do some damage control. Let’s eat smart. It’s natural in the cold winter months, to eat heavier foods. Our bodies expect it. Traditionally, people have eaten a lot of meat in the winter, what with greens being unavailable and all. We should understand that meat in moderation is a good thing. It gives us a lot of nutrients that are difficult to get otherwise. Another good food group is fats. Yes, fats. Contrary to popular opinion, and junk science, fats are good for you. They provide a lot of energy to keep you warm and active in the cold: 9 calories per gram, as compared to 4 calories per gram of carbohydrates. (That’s calories with a small ‘c’ not Calories with a capital ‘C,’ which is what dietary information is usually measured in. Capital-C calories are the equivalent of 1000 small-c calories.)

 

Animal fats and fats derived from natural vegetable sources are healthy. Your digestive system was made to obtain energy and important vitamins from them. And fats do not make you fat. That’s more junk science. But avoid at all costs trans fats from partially-hydrogenated vegetable oils and oils from genetically modified plants, like corn, cottonseed, canola and soy or “vegetable” oils you buy in the supermarket. They present your body with things not found in nature and your digestive system can’t deal with them. They only cause trouble. Eat natural, be healthy.

 

Also cut down on the empty calories of sugar and especially high-fructose corn syrup. You’ve had your binge, now get back on the straight-and-narrow. Most especially avoid the man-made sugar substitutes like the plague. They may taste sweet in the mouth but they will make your belly bitter, to paraphrase from Revelations 10:9. They don’t provide the glucose your body is expecting to derive from the sweet food you ate. Since your body and your brain depend on glucose for their normal energy supply, your brain tells you to eat more food. It’s true; studies have shown that a sugar-free diet leads to more weight gain than a normal diet! The best foundation for a diet is complex carbohydrates that break down slowly in the digestive tract, without causing a sugar high and crash, or insulin resistance. Eating non-highly-processed carbohydrates will provide vitamins and minerals your body needs.

 

So, eat sensibly, exercise, and stay tuned for the I-SHED weight-loss club coming in a couple weeks. It won’t be your typical diet, and it will be fun!

Click here to find out more!      Ready to Shed?

 

Have a Happy New Year and here is my gift to you! This is an audio introducing the I-SHED program I did several years ago. I hope you enjoy it! Look for the program to start mid-January 2014 so that by April you will be ready to really start Shedding!

 

Click here to listen!

Information shared here is not intended as medical advice, and cannot substitute for professional medical advice and information. Information provided is general in nature and may be helpful to some people but not others, depending on their personal medical needs. Always consult with your personal physician before following advice designed for general audiences only. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay getting care because of something you have read here.

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