There are reasons that diets don’t work. Healthy foods, unhealthy foods. How can you tell?
Are You Trying To Lose Weight?
I mean really trying. Are you seeing zero or almost no results?
I hear it often when it comes to weight control. Let me tell you a true story. It is a big reason I’m writing this.
I had a conversation this week with a 71 year old friend. Great guy. He’s worked hard all his life. He has had health issues from time to time, but he gets around okay.
He hasn’t been fit in a very long time. He isn’t obese, but he carries a lot of extra weight.
He told me he went on a diet. He said it lasted two weeks.
He wasn’t seeing much improvement and he felt he was starving. He told me he went on a high protein, low carbs. It sounded a lot like Atkins.
My friend is a meat and potatoes sort of guy so I figured if he cut out the breads and pastas, and focused on steaks and chicken, he would be fine. He wasn’t. He quit.
I suggested eating what he likes, just cut back on the portions. I suggested maybe five small meals a day rather that two or three heavy meals.
Then I asked him if he is still drinking.
“You know me,” he said. “I still have my beer. No more than five or six a night.”
So there’s the rub. My friend is a great guy. I have enjoyed his company for decades. He wants to lose weight, and he knows he should. He had a heart attack eight or ten years ago. Except for the first few months, it didn’t slow him down
It frightens me actually. I know he can’t continue to live like he does. It’s not healthy and we’re not kids any more. For my friend, I think he would rather live as he does and not worry about longevity.
I don’t like the idea of losing an old friend. I suppose it’s selfish on my part, but I think it would be nice to share these golden years a little longer.
Here are some ideas that you might want to keep in mind if your diet, or weight loss plan isn’t doing what you would like.
As you read through these ten points, try to remember the last time you got the whole story on what’s good and what’s not. Examining healthy foods and unhealthy foods now requires a scorecard.
I Hope This Will Help.
- Booze. It’s full of sugar. There are other health risks associated with high alcohol consumption but we already know that. As the old saying goes, All thing in moderation.
- Fruit juices. If you’re drinking a lot of them, check the label. Most are nearly all sugar. You think you’re being healthy, but you’ve been tricked.
- Green salads. Are you eating a lot of green salads. It’s great to think it’s healthy. Usually, it is not. Sure, the veggies are great. Don’t stop eating them. It’s the salad dressing that’s getting you. Again, Check the label.
- Margarine. Are you using it rather than butter? Guess what, that too is a myth. Margarine may be the worst thing you have in your diet. It is loaded with trans fats. It’s killing you…slowly. Go back to butter. Saturated fats are not the villain here. I wrote about it in our Coconut oil piece.
- Whole wheat bread. I ate it for years. I thought it was the healthy thing to do. When I switched, it took days to get used to it. But I did. Now I learn it’s not healthy at all. The grains are ground to a fine flour. The results are no different than other breads. The real story is that wheat has been so altered during the growing process that is not good for us, period. Then there is the gluten issue. We wrote on that too. Read it Here.
- Sports drinks. Are you drinking Gatorade? I’m writing to seniors here. If you are not working out, like an athlete, the sugar and salt in these drinks is not healthy. Without the hard workout associated with athletics, sports drinks can be harmful. Some day I’ll tell you about the oil field.
- Low carb junk foods. I read very recently of the adverse effects of energy bars that are called low carb foods. The report actually called out Atkins Bars. The report said that the food is not really food. It is a bunch of processed chemicals. While an occasional bar may be fine, they’re actually unhealthy.
- Agave Nectar. I just read about this. I actually didn’t know about it but thought I would share what I read. Many are using it as a sugar substitute. The report had this to say, “Whereas sugar is about 50% fructose and High Fructose Corn Syrup about 55%, Agave contains even more… up to 70-90%.”
- Vegans. As long as we’re debunking things, here’s one for vegans. It is generally accepted that vegans choose the diet for other than health issues. It’s cultural or conscience that drives the choice. If you are vegan, realize that vegan snacks or alternative foods are processed. They are all chemicals like the Atkins bar referenced in number seven above. They are not healthy.
- Vegetable oil. One more thing you thought was good for you. Here is the latest in science. While vegetable oils may reduce cholesterol, they are now shown to increase risks of heart attack and other heart diseases. Just as saturated fats are not the risk once believed. Natural oils like butter, coconut and olive oil are actually healthier than vegetable oils.
How Do We Boil This Down To A Workable Solution?
HealthyLivingAfter60.com is interested in providing information so our readers can make informed decisions.
Having said that, let’s get your diet working for you. The ten points listed above are an effort to help you know what works and what doesn’t.
I personally am a fan of ‘easy to manage’ controlled portion diets. When used along with mild exercise programs, weight loss can be achieved.
There is little doubt that overweight or obesity or serious conditions to seniors. Healthy foods, unhealthy foods is a serious dilemma and seniors need to know what the facts are.
What ever choice you make to control weight, do something. Use the points here to help guide your decision.
If you have specific diet plans you would like to know more about, let me know. I’ll write about it.
Have a question? Want to comment? I would like to here from you. Drop a note in the comments sections and we’ll talk.