Originally published May 13 2008
'The Best Years In Life' Diet Plan - Reach Your Optimum Weight and Health
by Tony Isaacs
(NaturalNews) Excess weight and obesity has become a problem of epidemic proportions over the past few decades, thanks in part to declining physical activity and large part to changes 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 foods we now select off the grocer`s shelves have 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 lose 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 range 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).
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 one 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 TBYIL Diet Plan (TBYIL stands for the authors health website, 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:
* Maintaining a positive mental attitude
* Cleansing and de-toxing the body at the start and periodically thereafter
* Supplying emotional and nutritional needs to avoid food cravings
* Paying particular attention to good liver health
* Eating healthy foods and avoiding unhealthy ones
* Smaller portions and meals, with mid meal snacks
* Drinking plenty of water to help fill up
* Proper chewing to better digest food and allow time for the normally delayed signal of being full
* Weekly alternating fasts (water, juice, juiced vegetables, grapes w/grapeseeds, watermelon) to maintain a healthy body, lose weight and help shrink stretched stomachs
* Moderate exercise that does not tax or discourage
Those steps are really not so difficult, are they? Mostly, they are just good sense and healthy lifestyle choices. But when you combine them together you almost assuredly will lose weight and be a healthier and happier person as well.
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 at least want to do something about it. Congratulations! Without that step, you could not begin taking action. And once you do start, 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
About the authorTony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group "S.A N.E.Vax. Inc" which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers.
Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near Austin and San Antonio to give lectures and health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and he serves as a consultant to the "Utopia Silver Supplement Company".
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