POST 25 – 29-12-2014
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We must eat to live and the whole issue of the sociology of food is fascinating. If we could distribute the food produced in advanced countries throughout the globe we would solve a few human developmental problems. In our first world there is a surplus and our society has failed to adjust to the surplus. The pornography of food on TV foodie programs is a horror. Our lives are portrayed as being built around taste sensations while we are hunting for a “diet” that will keep the fat off our frames.
A recent article looks at the low fat diet trend and has some fundamental statements about the “diet” situation, including:
“The low-fat diet in the study was not that low in fat, and the low-carb group ate significantly fewer calories. If anything, the study only confirms that fewer calories result in more weight loss”. (My emphasis)
There is no way your body can manufacture stored body fat unless you put surplus energy (calories) in your mouth.
- Any carbohydrate surplus to your energy needs will convert to stored fat.
- Any fat surplus to your energy needs will convert to stored fat.
- Any protein surplus to your maintenance needs will convert to energy and to stored fat.
So, for a normal healthy person to cut down on stored fat you must cut down on the total energy (calories) without starving yourself of protein.
Maybe there are two problems with excess eating.
- We do not know what food is a source of energy (calories).
- We have bad eating habits and find change daunting so rationalise the whole problem.
You must educate yourself about food-energy sources rather than following diet fads. Diet fads are misleading and expensive.
Any way you find that lowers your energy intake is to be encouraged, but for a diet that actually works try the following and stick to it. BREAD, POTATOES, RICE, BANANAS, PASTA and ALCOHOL are the main sources of energy in Western diets, so cut them out. Also biscuits, cakes, sweets, chocolate, cereals and bought drinks are high energy so cut them out.
Here is my diet recommendation:
My diet for weight loss. Set a target weight and when reached change back to a less stringent diet.
BREAD POTATOES RICE BANANAS PASTA ALCOHOL
MEAT CHICKEN FISH VEGETABLES FRUIT
BREAKFAST – FRUIT (AND FAT-FREE YOGHURT)
LUNCH – A PIECE OF MEAT, CHICKEN OR FISH
DINNER – A PIECE OF MEAT, CHICKEN OR FISH
Paul Gilchrist 29-12-2014
Patience is not only waiting
Hovering is not dithering
Preparing is positive
Wait for things to happen
Opportunity is to be grasped
As it flies by
Or lose it.
Hasten not the maturing process
No matter how prolonged it may be
Readiness is essential
Tend and grow a tree
Tend and grow an animal
To learn the necessity of process
So tending and growing a child is no surprise
Love is caring for
Waiting for the other
The arrival is the reward