The Diet that is not Really a Diet
There is no need to starve in order to lose
weight. You can eat as much food as you
want, within reason, and lose weight. Just
eat the right foods, and that is not too
difficult if you know what to eat and drink.
In fact you do not need to diet in the sense
of going hungry by cutting back on what
you eat. What you do is change eating habits.
You can eat many of the foods most diet
proponents are absolutely against. For example
you can eat butter or margarine. You can
use all the cream you like in your coffee
and you can eat fried foods.
I have tried several diets over the years.
All seemed to work for awhile but all had
drawback which caused them to be abandoned
after a short period of time.
One of the first diets I tried was a low
calorie diet. My wife went to meetings and
followed their directions. She served meat
that was so a small it could get lost on
the plate. It made only a large bite or
two small bites. We were both constantly
hungry. We stuck it out for a few months
and we did lose some weight. One day I saw
her eating a bag of potato chips. I said
What are you doing?
She said, I am starving to death.
That ended that diet for both of us.
A year or two later, after I had regained
all the weight lost on the starvation diet
and a little extra, I tried the High Protein
Diet. With this diet you can eat all the
meat you wan but the only vegetables you
can eat are cooked dry beans. Even the proponents
of this diet counsel one to not stay on
this diet for more than three weeks. I could
not believe I would get so tired of meat.
I did lose weight. I lost quite a bit of
weight for just three weeks. But what does
one do next? Their counsel was to go on
the low calorie diet which had already proved
One diet that was popular for awhile is
the Rotation Diet. In this diet you eat
moderately one week. You eat even better
the next week. On the third week you go
on what I call a starvation diet. Then,
as the name implies, you rotate to the next
week. On this system I lost weight slowly.
The diet was all right for a while but soon
I began to dread the starvation week I started
skipping this week and the diet did not
work very well. The Rotation Diet is alright
for those with enough will power to stay
on it. It is better to starve one week out
of three than to starve all the time.
The next diet to come along was the low
carbohydrate diet. In this diet you could
eat as much food as you wanted as long as
it did not contain any carbohydrates. This
restricted one to very few vegetables and
no fruits. The health results were similar,
but not as severe as many experienced using
the High Protein Diet.
I did not try this diet. I heard about
the results from others who did. Some developed
some very serious ailments. This was particularly
true of those who did not really need to
diet but wanted to lose a few pounds. Those
forty or more pounds overweight seemed to
do alright healthwise but many found the
diet bland and unappetizing.
On any diet, in order to lose weight, the
body eats its own fat. As long as there
is plenty of fat to eat, and by doing even
mild exercise, the body will stay healthy.
When the body gets low on fat then the body
starts eating its own muscle. This weakens
the body and causes health problems to develop.
On any diet, if one is ten pounds or less
over weight then they should exercise vigorously
for at least an hour, three days a week
Dr. Adkins, one of the main promoters of
the diet, made some changes which improved
it both health wise and in taste tolerance.
He found adding a few carbohydrates actually
improved the diet in both taste and in health
wise with out subtracting much from the
weight loss effect.
On the low carbohydrate diet you can have
eggs, bacon or sausage for breakfast, just
about all you want as long as you are not
a glutton. For my Jewish friends you can
substitute steak for the bacon or sausage.
You dont have to be Jewish to do this.
Most people like steak and eggs for breakfast
occasionally. What you do have to give up
is toast, biscuits, pancakes and waffles
In fact the main thrust of the diet is to
not eat starchy foods or sugars.
For lunch and dinner you have a choice
of generous portions of meat. Examples are
one half pound of steak or one half of a
chicken. There should be no breading on
the meat. Most sauces are OK but no flour
gravy is allowed. Fried foods are fine.
While it does not matter as far as the diet
is concerned, one should probably use corn
oil, canola oil or olive oil for cooking.
If you are fat your body has been use to
living off carbohydrates and sugar. Any
excess not needed now is stored as fat.
In order to change your body over you have
to be very strict about your diet for the
first two weeks. You can let up a little
the third week. After the third week you
continue to add more carbohydrates to your
diet until you reach 30 to 35. This permits
you to add some fresh fruits such as strawberries,
blackberries, cantaloupe and watermelon.
You can also have a small bowl of oatmeal
twice a week. You need to weigh often. If
you are not losing a pound a week then decrease
your carbohydrate count by 5. You will soon
find a count where you can lose weight slowly.
If weight loss is too fast your body may
suffer. It is alright to lose 10 to 15 pounds
the first three weeks. After the three weeks
try to regulate the loss to about 3 or 5
pounds a week. If you are over 50 pounds
or more overweight you can safely increase
the weight loss. After a few months the
diet should be adjusted so that the weight
loss is only a pound a week.
Most of the above information above is
obtainable from Dr. Atkins book New
Diet Revolution. I suggest you obtain
a copy of this book It is readily available
and not expensive. It gives you the carbohydrate
count of most foods. This you will need.
Most food products also give you the total
grams of carbohydrates on the package.
Now about some things that are not absolutely
true. First do not drink eight glasses of
water a day. Some scientist who really looked
into it instead of parroting someone else
found too much water was harmful as it flushed
the body too much and removed essential
ingredients. Drink in moderation. Maybe
three or four glasses a day unless you are
working in hot conditions and or doing hard
physical labor then you might get up to
eight glasses a day.
Count ice tea as water. How some dieticians
got the idea water with a little tea flavor
was not water is beyond me. As for coffee
drink your regular amount, decaffeinated
or regular, but do not use sugar. If you
like it sweet, you can use Splenda in place
of sugar. Use all the cream you want.
Beer is out. It has too many carbs. Distilled
spirits such as vodka, bourbon and gin will
not build fat but will slow weight loss
temporarily. If you drink them then drink
Now for the difference my diet has from
other diets. The difference is milk, any
milk, buttermilk, whole milk, any reduced
or no fat milk, canned milk and cottage
cheese. Yogurt can be used but it is not
near as effective as the others. Lactate
reduced milk is not effective.
One day while I was waiting for my wife
to do her therapy, I read an article in
Readers Digest that the drinking of milk
while on a diet would cause one to lose
weight much faster than the diet alone accomplished
without the milk. The article was by scientist
who had actually made a study of the use
of milk; they presented some impressive
statistics. I am sorry I no longer have
the copy of Readers Digest available so
I am unable to present the issue date.
One day I was thinking about the low carbohydrate
diet. I did need to lose weight badly. It
came to me that if I added milk the low
carbohydrate diet would be healthier and
if the milk worked then the diet would be
better. I tried it and it did work. My wife
tried it and it worked for her. When some
friends noticed we were loosing weight they
asked what we were doing. I told them and
they tried the diet with the milk, they
have all lost a noticeable amount of weight.
When you start the diet, drink about a
half glass of milk each day of the first
week. By the third week you should be drinking
a full glass. The amount of milk can be
gradually increased until you are drinking
two glasses a day.
The milk has about 10 to 12 carbohydrates.
Do not count the milk as part of the carbohydrate
count. The benefit of milk more than offsets
the additional carbohydrates.
Let me know if it works for you.
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John is a graduate of Oklahoma State University
with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He
is a retired Patent Agent and former Patent
Examiner. He worked for several years as
an oil field engineer. John has been a successful
trader, in both stocks and futures, for
many years. He has written article and published
letters about both stocks and futures markets.
Many articles and letters are about trading
systems and observances he has made over
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