By Tuesday of last week, I blew a gasket, fat-wise. I couldn't stand it and I couldn't stand that everyone was losing weight. Everyone but me. I stopped eating. I knew it wasn't a permanent fix, but it was a short term response to my situation.
I have restarted eating and I have a plan for how to achieve the weight I want.
Here are the Building Blocks of My Weight Loss Plan:
- This is my plan. I am my own guinea pig. I do not advise you following my plan, but I am publishing it nonetheless.
- Obesity comes from inflammation and retention of fat and fluids. If it were solely about calories, someone could get fat off of gasoline. The temperature from a crucible (the actual means of assessing calories) has a bearing on obesity, but that is an incomplete picture of what's going on.
- The diabetic diet is the only diet I wholly trust. It's scientifically derived. The GI diet has its origins in the diabetic diet. My plan has its origins in both plans.
- There are bad foods. They will not kill you. If you have all of the components of a bomb, it's an explosive combination. If you have some of them, nothing happens. If you take out the bad elements, the remainder cannot cause harm. Put in more direct terms: if you leave out bad foods, you can eat a lot, but still lose weight. In my estimation, flour, sugar and cooking oils are bad. They are refined, almost weaponized. Our bodies are built to handle inefficient foods, we glean calories and pass on the fertilizer. We're not supposed to eat hyper-efficient foods. We can have them in small doses, but they can't form the backbone of what you eat.
- There are good foods. Some foods are full of vitamins. B-vitamins help to keep your metabolism firing on all cylinders. If your body goes into starvation mode, you will be unable to lose weight. Your body will hold onto fat and leave you tired. You have to play to what your body is built to do: we're supposed to eat the healthy foods and only eat the hyper-efficient foods in desperate times.
- Good cooking can lead to good diet results. For example, searing foods can lead to browning that will improve the flavour of what you're cooking. Don't believe that a frying pan leads to a diet of fried foods: a good non-stick frying pan can eliminate most of the reason for adding fat, oil or grease to your cooking.
- Dieting can be cheap. Some of the ingredients of my diet plan are very cheap: cabbage, onions, zucchini. Likewise, some high calorie items (dairy, meat, packaged goods) can be expensive. My diet approach may result in a lower grocery bill. Meat is expensive and I will little of it. Fat and sugar can be expensive and they're not in my mix.
- Labels are bad. If a food product is legally obliged to have a label, it could be a warning sign. Look for food that doesn't need a label: single ingredient items like vegetables and to a lesser extent, eggs and meat.