Faddy Diets Come and Go
It seems that most of the country has heard about the 5:2 diet by now, where you supposedly eat what you like for five days and ‘rest’ for two non consecutive days, by reducing calories to 600 by only eating fruit and vegetables.
My Face Book News Feed is full of people joyous that they have lost 10 lbs in a week. Even my husband was interested in it as the boys at work were doing it as ‘sympathy diets’ to accompany their wives after the Christmas excess.
Now, my lovely husband is a red meat and bread lover. He has discovered that too much bread isn’t great for the system and chose to reduce his consumption considerably – and that included pizza and pasta as well, once he realised they were one and the same.
We have been eating brown rice noodles instead of pasta for a while now, and pizzas are very rare indeed. Changing to spelt bread helped with digestion and after a recent trip to the US, and far too much meat, my lovely man decided to be ‘Red Meat Free’ until the end of the month.
He was still interested in what the boys at work were doing…..so I had a look.
Apparently, it was a health journalist, Dr Michael Mosley who lost nearly a stone in five weeks, reduced his body fat by 25% and improved his blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and then wrote a book about it. Calorie counting is involved to do this properly. It’s not all about stuffing your face for 5 days and eating melon for two. If you are very overweight and need to seriously loose some pounds, any ‘diet’ could shift 7-10 lbs in a week. Reduce calories, up exercise. Weight will shift. Glycogen in the liver is ‘burnt’ off first and this is always the biggest weight loss in the first week of any programme. ANY diet, and reduction in calories will create that. Then it becomes harder, and the weight loss is more gradual, as fat begins to be reduced. That’s been the way for years. That’s how the body works. Weight loss of dramatic amounts will happen quicker if you are severely over weight. This gives encouragement to continue. This is good. A kick start to the body and metabolism is a good thing, but it needs to be maintained. If not, then you are back to ‘YoYo’ Dieting again.
As with any ‘new’ diet on the market everyone will have a go…remember the grapefruit diet…oh, and the pineapple diet, and heaven help us the cabbage soup diet? There will always be people needing something to inspire them. If they loose weight and maintain it, excellent, but it can be a quick solution, with no real understanding of the body and digestion, and then the weight will go back on.
Surely eating ‘lighter’ after a day of heavy eating is what we would normally do. A heavy weekend of entertaining and rich food, would make you feel the need for a lighter Monday, fruit and veg and no alcohol. This is not a new idea. It has just been packaged at the latest ‘Diet’ from a medical point of view.
I found a piece on The Alkali Diet versus The 5:2 Diet…..worth reading to save me re-writing!
The alkali ‘diet’ is one that I personally like. A diet as a way of life.
When I started I lost a stone.
A stone over 8 months. I also started juicing, and re-thinking the blend of foods. It worked for me.
Patrick Holford, a pioneer to new approaches in health and nutrition has written many books on food and ‘diets’, and I supply the Advanced Nutrition Programme in my treatment centre that Patrick has designed.
Patrick talks about Intermittent Fasting on his blog. It’s not new.
I think you have to find the routine that works for you. Are you looking to lose weight or just be aware of how your body feels and what you feed it?
People need a permanent diet plan that they can keep to. A LIFESTYLE change. Not an advertised diet.
There will always be a market for new ‘diet’ fads. They may work for you, they may not. I am all for the lifestyle change that suits the client.
Sitting on the fence? Not really. Just saying be aware. It’s just another ‘diet’. Find what works for you.
Lifestyle is important. Know your body.