A while back, the Toronto Star featured an interesting article titled “Four diet myths, one good food habit”. The tagline was “Focus less on magic formula of macronutrients and more on eating quality options – and on eating less”.
The article, written by Dr. Mike Evans, Associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Chair of Patient Engagement at the Centre for Child Nutrition and Health, University of Toronto was quite blunt in stating that diets don’t work.
Only one in six people who lose weight on a diet manages to keep the weight off. The rest put the weight back on, and for many, a few additional pounds as well. Diets don’t work but lifestyle changes do. The magic formula isn’t magic at all.
- Eat less meat.
- Eat more fruit, vegetables and nuts.
- Eat fewer desserts and sweets (fruit aside).
- Shop for single ingredient food in the outer aisles of the grocery store and cook your own meals.
- Eat smaller portions.
- Make small changes.
- Don’t expect instant results.
Here is an example of a tangible, simple change that you can make.
Replace desserts with fruit in two meals over the course of your week. Do this for two weeks. On week three and four pick two more meals where you will replace fruit for cookies and pastries. Repeat the above recommendation until you have one or two days where the cookies and pastries are a special treat rather than the norm. Over time, this small change can amount to positive results and even a weight reduction that is totally painless.
The idea is to turn mindless overeating to mindless healthy eating.
Happy, mindless healthy eating.