Freedom from Dieting

So, how can you lose weight if dieting and restricting calories don't work? There is no quick fix answer. Any healthy weight loss needs to come gradually. The goal is to give up dieting forever and get back in balance. Stop trying to lose weight. No more counting calories. Instead make a commitment to get healthier.

When you get off the diet roller coaster, you will feel better, become healthier and lose the weight for good. When the body is well fed with healthy foods, it will shed the extra fat. It doesn't have to store it anymore. And when you give the body the nutrients it needs to be healthy, you stop having all the cravings for less healthy foods.

Enjoy the freedom from counting calories. You will find yourself moving slowly and safely to your perfect body weight, and you will feel better than you ever have before, lean and full of vitality, energy and health. This means developing some new healthy eating habits, as well as other health habits such as exercise.

Try to avoid extremes, such as eating a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. Complications associated with low carbohydrate, high protein diets include ketosis, dehydration, electrolyte loss, calcium depletion, weakness (due to inadequate dietary carbohydrate), nausea (due to ketosis), gout, coronary heart disease and possibly kidney problems. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are other problems in such unbalanced crash diet regimens.

At the other end of the spectrum, some diets are saying avoid protein and fats, but eat as much carbohydrates as you want. Too much of the wrong kind of carbohydrates, especially refined sugar and white refined flour will turn to fat in the body also. Most commercial breads, breakfast cereals, health bars, and low-fat muffins are loaded with empty, fast-release carbohydrates, causing levels of blood-sugar to rise and leading to obesity and hypoglycemia. Many doctors and nutritionists are recommending a diet high in complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, and very low saturated fats.

All of the experts agree that unprocessed complex carbohydrates such as fruit and vegetables, whole grains, potatoes, and legumes are far superior to other forms of refined carbohydrates and should play a significant role in people's eating habits. According to the American Heart Association, a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables along with regular physical activity can help most people manage and maintain weight loss for both cardiovascular health and appearance.

Raw, fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables are best. Cooking foods above a temperature of 118 degrees Fahrenheit destroys the enzymes that the body needs to process and digest that food. For more on enzymes and why many of us need enzyme supplementation, see our Enzyme Information page on our web site at

From “Why Diets Don’t Work” By Dianne Ronnow © 2005. All rights reserved.

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