I think I have finally figured out the secret to weight loss for me. It is contained in the book Eat to Live by Joel Furhman. It involves no tracking (although I guess you could if you wanted to)...It involves no portion control. WHAT??? You are saying? Yes, it's true...in fact he encourages you to eat as much as you possibly can of fruits and veggies. Add to that a cup of beans and a hand full of nuts..and you have the skeleton of the diet. You are supposed to eat one pound of fresh and one pound of raw veggies per day. That is a LOT of food!!
Thus far, in three days, I have lost three pounds. And I'm feeling very strong and positive that I can continue. True: It involves a lot of preparation. True: you have to shop for veggies frequently. Expense is another concern. However since you are not buying dairy, pasta, snacks or really anything much other than beans and freggies...well, it's not bad. My grocery bill --for a cartload of freggies was $100....which is about status quo for my grocery tabs.
I have yet to reap any of the promised benefits of lower BP and lessened pain. That will come later, I guess, with greater weight loss. However, I am experiencing the cleansing of my taste buds. Natural food is tasting better and better and things like soda and processed foods are starting to be disgusting. I haven't really experienced any withdrawal or cravings as he warned I might....however that doesn't surprise me because I was already eating fairly healthfully (although still indulging in some things that according to Fuhrman are no - no's.)
I won't really believe that this diet is the answer until it gets me below 199. I haven't been in one-derland in over two years. I should get there in about another two and a half weeks. We shall see.
Dr. Fuhrman backs everything he says with mountains of scientific research. He doesn't mention or make a big deal about drinking water....but I'm continuing to drink a lot anyway. I've always found that to be helpful. He says "NO" to a lot of things that Spark says "yes" to. According to him there IS such a thing as a "bad" food. There are things that are harmful or at best not helpful.
Once I get past the initial six weeks, the diet eases up a tad and it allows a 10% leeway ...IOW, if you stick to his plan 90% of the time, you will be okay. In that regard, meat or even a sweet would be allowable. But I'm not going to go there....except maybe on a very special occasion like Thanksgiving. I know myself and i Know if you give me an inch, I will take a mile. I also know my body and I know how hard it is for me to lose weight on lenient diet parameters.
So far, I feel good. I feel motivated and excited by the fact that I see my body responding to this method of eating. I hesitate to call it a "diet" because it is a lifestyle change. It's a forever thing. Anyway. The book is called "EAt to LIve" ...his website is: www.drfurhman.com