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The TBYIL Diet Plan - How to Reach and Maintain Your Optimum Weight and Health
by Tony Isaacs
Excess weight and obesity has become a problem of epidemic proportions over the past few decades, thanks in large parts to the changes in lifestyle and in the foods we eat – as well as the foods we don’t eat – as part of the Standard American Diet (SAD) and sedentary American lifestyle.
Beginning in the 1970’s, our diet began changing from predominantly home cooked nutritious meals that included vegetables and fruits to fast food, micro-waved dinners and junk foods with little nutrition and ingredients like MSG, trans fats and aspartame that increased the stored fat as well as created cravings for even more food. Home cooked meals themselves have changed for the worse, as the food we now select off the grocers shelves has had much of the nutrition processed out and dangerous additives, including MSG in many different disguises, added in to improve shelf life, taste, color and texture. The result has been increased weight and other health problems.
Even those who attempt to eat healthier meals with plenty of “fresh” vegetables and fruits are most often eating a diet that is deficient in vital nutrients that have been lost due to over-farming and mineral depleted soils. And when the body fails to get the vital nutrition it needs, over eating can be a result.
There is no lack of diets and diet aids, as well as gimmicks and surgical procedures, to be found in the billion dollar diet industry - and no lack of people looking for a quick fix such as a surgical procedure, magic pill, potion or other quick fix. Many people, sadly, are still looking for a pill or gimmick to enable them to eat all they want, sit on the sofa and still weight, though no such healthy thing exists.
Most of the popular diets have a core “gimmick” or feature, if you will – such as grapefruit, cabbage, no fat, no grain, no carbs. Many either don’t work, others are too hard and unappealing to follow and some are dangerous. There is , however, compelling evidence that the healthiest diets are those which are closest to the diets our ancestors adapted to eat for thousands and thousands of years: raw vegetables and fruit, free ranging meat, nuts, berries, roots, tubers, and minimum grains (though the no-grain diet is largely a gimmick, just like the no carb diet is – and an unhealthy one at that for most people).
For a review of popular diets, see: Popular Diets Reviewed at The Best Years in Life Diets and Weight Loss
When it comes to losing weight and reaching and achieving optimum weight, there are no quick fixes. In the long term, it comes down to calories in versus calories out. And there is a very large mental aspect as well as the physical aspect of dieting and exercise (and don’t let that word exercise scare you – it need not be excessive). Food is often substituted for emotional needs that are not being fulfilled, and in fact food does result in the release of feel-good endorphins (but not nearly as much as does a moderate amount of simple exercise).
The weight did not come on in a day and it won’t come off in a day, but it WILL come off with the right plan and mental attitude. And I believe that the right plan does not have to be complicated, nor does it have to be difficult to follow and stick with. Neither does it have to have unappetizing meals that fail to satisfy.
Ideally, an effective diet plan would be on that results in taking weight off and keeping it off while providing all the essential nutrition for optimum health and which is simple and appealing enough to continue following.
The diet plan I have been working on for The Best Years in Life is intended to do all of the above. It has no gimmicks, but it does have essential core features, which are:
Those steps are really not so difficult, are they? Mostly, they are just good sense and healthy practices. But when you combine them together you almost assuredly will lose weight and be a healthier and happier person.
The good news is that most of the people who are reading this and are overweight have made the important first step – deciding that they want to do something about it. Congratulations! Not only are you going to feel much better both mentally and physically by losing weight, eating a healthy diet and getting in better shape – you WILL be much better.
Here is even more good news - what should be the clincher incentive: No matter how overweight you are and no matter how bad of shape you may be in, there is a good chance that you can recover most, and perhaps all, of the health you have lost and offset the damages that may have been done. Yes, that is right – studies have shown that people who have lived unhealthily into their 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s have been able to regain almost as much health as those who have lived a predominately healthy lifestyle for their entire life. It’s almost like cheating, isn’t it? But, the sooner the better – so no excuses now for procrastinating!
And now, without the need for a calculator to count every calorie and carb - but just keeping in mind that they are both important and that some carbs are necessary for optimum health - let’s get started.
Next: Part 2 - The Mental and Emotional Sides of Effective Dieting
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