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2016 Diet Guide

Inspired by FourWalls

After reading FourWalls ' article on Annoying Diet Books , I decided to write a quick resume of what I know about dieting. When you read FourWalls ' post take the time also to read Gossamer 's responses on that article which are really funny and oh, so true!

Low Calorie or Low Carb?

There seem to me to be two basic kinds of diet, the low calorie diet, where you restrict the amount of food you eat and the low carb diet where you restrict or remove certain carbohydrates from your diet. NOTE: none of this applies to medical diets. If you are on a medical diet, consult your dietician, nutritionist or medical adviser. This applies to people like diabetics, etc.

Low Calorie

A calorie is a measure of energy. Our bodies need energy to operate. If we take in more calories than our body can use, we store the excess as fat. If we use more calories, we lose weight. Some foods contain a LOT more calories than others and some of those "foods" are not necessary to life. You can cut calories in several ways. You can go on a low calorie diet, you can use the 5:2 fasting plan or you can cut high calorie foods from your diet. High calorie foods generally contain sugar and flour. Cut out biscuits, cakes, candy, confectionery, soda drinks and alcohol. Many low calorie diets also reduce the amount of food you are allowed. People's portion sizes have increased over the years, so we are all (most of us) eating more than we need, even of the good stuff. If you want to go on a low calorie diet with support, you can join a club, such as weight watchers, slimming world and I am sure there are many others. You can find plenty of low calorie recipes on line, just search for Free Low Calorie Recipes in any search engine. many doctors' surgeries will provide recipes based on low calorie meals. DO NOT buy meals marked "low calorie" in your local supermarket. The 5:2 fasting plan gets you to take only 500 (women) or 600 (men) calories on two days of the week (often Monday and Thursday) and you eat normally the rest of the time. There is an active Facebook club for support and many recipes on line for meals including 100, 200, 300 calories, etc, allowing you to spread your meals throughout the day as convenient. For instance, you might take a 100 calories lunch and a 400 or 500 calorie tea or vice versa.

Low Carb

Carb stands for carbohydrate. There are two kinds of carbohydrate, digestible, like sugar and flour and indigestible (but vital) like fibre (fiber) which is needed to make sure your bowels move regularly. The sugar and flour type of carbohydrate is what you give up here. The whole idea of low carb diets is to change your body metabolism from using glucose (sugar) to use fat instead. This means moving into what is called nutritional ketosis (NOTHING to do with the dangerous diabetic keto acidosis). You need to cut out bread, cakes pastry, confectionery, pasta, rice, icecream, etc. You can eat protein such as meat, fish, and eggs; and fats, like oil, lard and butter (NOT margarine). Diets that fall into this category include Atkins, Dukan, Paleo, LCHF (low carb high fat) Banting, etc. You can find Facebook groups for many of these as support and information. You can get free recipes on line by searching for Free Low Carb Recipes in a search engine. You can also get low carb recipes by searching on the names of any of these diet names.

Do you want any more info? I could probably write a booklet on it but it would probably be entitled 2017, because i don't have time at present. emoticon :grin:

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Paulie wrote on December 27, 2015, 1:18 AM

Thank you for sharing some very useful information about dieting. My doctor wants me to be on a low carb diet. At times it really takes a lot of will power.

MegL wrote on December 27, 2015, 1:20 AM

Yes, I had great success on the Atkins diet years ago but I let it slip. My downfall at present is Almond butter. You could try looking at the LCHF diet. There is a very good support group on Facebook for that with lots of free and delicious recipes. It also uses a lot of coconut milk.

MegL wrote on December 27, 2015, 2:28 AM

Salads don't need cooking. emoticon :grin:

Gossamer wrote on December 27, 2015, 4:01 AM

Mmmmmmmmm ... Deep-fried lettuce and cucumber ... Mmmmmmmmm

RuthCox wrote on December 27, 2015, 12:46 PM

I am not one for dieting, per se, though I do (most of the time) try to eat healthier foods. I looked and felt my best when I followed the Eat To Live diet to the best of my ability, about 80%, and would like to get back to it soon.

markgraham wrote on December 27, 2015, 7:51 PM

Dieting is about having willpower. I still believe in following a balanced diet and everything in moderation as a lot of those books also say.

FourWalls wrote on December 27, 2015, 9:53 PM

My, oh, my, what have I started? emoticon :grin: I tend to lean toward low-carb, for two reasons. One, it mandates that I stay off sugar (as opposed to Weight Watchers, which says you can theoretically eat nine Peppermint Patties if you have the 27 points for them); and two, it makes certain I get protein.

cheri wrote on December 29, 2015, 10:42 PM

I am glad to try this type of diet.

vanGogh wrote on January 22, 2016, 12:58 AM

I am a "vegetarian"; i go where my "ve[d]get" (=budget) and wallet take me, moderation is key...for most people.:))