Now that the Christmas cookies have been replaced with diet bars and the New Year’s toasts have been replaced with wishes and regrets, many people will be scouting the internet for the newest fads in diets. There are so many to choose from, often they offer false hopes. Let’s be honest, you’ve heard that old saying “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” It takes weeks and months to pack on those pounds. It takes just as long to get them off. So, why is this year going to be any different? The fact of the matter is, if you eat LESS and move MORE, you’ll see and feel the results. So, how do you choose the right diet plan for you? Low carb? Low fat? No carb?
According to the Agricultural Resea rch Service (ARS)- the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) scientific research arm- compared Atkins (carbohydrate restriction), Ornish (fat restriction), Weight Watchers (calorie and portion size restriction), and Zone (high-glycemic-load carbohydrate restriction and increased protein) diets. 160 participants were randomly given these diets; all participants were overweight or obese.
“Ultimately, it comes down to calorie restriction. The strongest predictor of weight loss was not the type of diet, but compliance with the diet plan that subjects were given.” said researcher Ernst Schaefer.
Research shows us that several diet plans will work and the biggest thing that will stop you from achieving the “New You” is your ability to stick to a sound nutrition plan. While losing excess fat will be most people’s nutritional goal this year, I encourage you to also focus on improving your health while helping you look great. After all, how good is your quality of life bed- ridden? This is why Cenegenics protocol of prescribing the low glycemic diet with minimal processed carbs is a sure fire way to shed those extra pounds while simultaneously increasing your longevity and quality of life. A recent study found a reduction in glycemic load may aid in the prevention or treatment of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes mellitus. This year will deliver the “New You” if you follow these simple rules and eat a low glycemic diet and sticking to it!
- Write down YOur Weight loss Goal – clearly defined goals helsp you maintain focus
- Spread out Your Meals- key way to boost metabolism
- Vary the Foods that You Eat- variety help keep you sane
- Drink More Water- helps curb appetite
- Recommit to your Exercise Program
- Pereira MA, Swain J, Goldfine AB, et al.: Effects of alow–glycemic-load diet on resting energy expenditure and heart disease risk factors during weight loss. JAMA 292: 2482–2490, 2004 Mark A. Pereira, PhD; Janis Swain, MS, RD; Allison B. Goldfine, MD; Nader Rifai, PhD; David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD