The Best Diet for 2014

Gotcha!  I knew I could catch your interest with a title like that!!

Are you still looking for IT – the plan that will do it for you this year, the ONE that will help you meet your New Year’s resolution (the same one you make every year, to lose X number of pounds, maybe by a certain date)?  Despite the mounting evidence against dieting in general, and against a specific effective plan for everyone, the diet industry will still take buckets of our money again this year.

Are we nuts?!  No – but we are feeling desperate.  And those claims are oh-so-tempting, aren’t they?

Can I talk you into reading a recent article from the Wall Street Journal?  And can I convince you that your own experience has probably already taught you much of what is mentioned in it, making an even more compelling argument for knocking off the nonsense and beginning the real work of changing your lifestyle habits in a more permanent way – and following a plan chosen with great thought about your life situation, taste preferences, and physical needs?

This way of choosing does not mean reading an ad, watching an infomercial, or even falling hook, line, and sinker for the testimonial advice of a friend who just lost 20 pounds in a week and a half – all while in the midst of the most recent panic attack over your last visit to the bathroom scale.  The sane way of finding your “plan” involves sitting down in a calm environment, perhaps breathing deeply and centering for several minutes first, and then asking yourself for real answers about your overall needs and what is realistic to expect.

Then, and only then, can you find the plan that fits you.  Not sexy, not fast, and not a profit center for the diet industry, but hey, it just might work!

2 thoughts on “The Best Diet for 2014

  • Your referenced article should be required reading for anyone starting a weight loss journey. I also love the reference within the article about the New England Journal of Medicine study which divided participants into four groups, putting each group on a diet with a different make-up of fat, protein and carbs but all with similar calorie counts — found that “reduced-calorie diets result in clinically meaningful weight loss regardless of which macronutrients they emphasize.”

    I believe calorie density is a more critical concept in food choices. Learn to love the foods with a lower calorie density (fruits, vegetables & whole grains) and FILL your plate high. Eat until you’re satisfied. No one wants to be hungry!!! Stop fearing carbs – we’ve been successfully brainwashed.

    • Always good to hear from you Kathy! I am a volume eater as well – gotta have enough on the plate! That’s where the lower calorie density foods are helpful. They also tend to higher nutrient foods. They don’t do the job completely – still need plenty of protein and some healthy fats – but carbs are not the devil.

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