The Diet and Lifestyle Book that Changed My Life
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Being fit and trim is important to me, although I've had varying results from my efforts since the birth of my daughter. I want to look and feel good. I also want the energy to parent well. So I keep trying.
Whenever I learn something new or find a trick that works for me, I like to share that information, so I write fairly frequently on the topic of weight loss and ways to drop the pounds.
When I read the book Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, I had a HUGE "Aha Moment." It literally changed my entire existence. I see food and my energy levels in a completely new light. I wish the whole world would read this book. It would save a lot of time, energy and money.
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
Science Journalist and Author Gary Taubes first explains that the "mystery" behind the obesity epidemic is caused by years of modern scientists, nutritionists and public health policy obscuring what past obesity researchers, scientists and doctors had long known before World War II: that carbohydrates make us fat. Carbs also contribute to heart disease, cancer, type II diabetes and Alzheimer's.
Scientists have proof that carbs make us fat; today's "common knowledge" of what makes a balanced diet has buried the truth. Even many of today's scientists, doctors and nutritionists have been bamboozled. In this book, Taubes reviews and cites the scientific studies that present the body of knowledge in the case against carbs.
But What About Nutrition?
What about the nutrients we'll miss from whole grains and fruit? The information Taubes provides on nutrition is astounding. The short story is that we don't need whole grains or fruit to be healthy. If you are overweight, grains and fruit are far more hurtful than helpful.
What we do need more of is fat! Taubes explains how fats are not the evil components we've been taught to believe. He gets into the science of what the body really needs, which is a lot of fat, a decent amount of protein, and no carbohydrates except what you would get from a few servings of vegetables each day.
What's My Life Like After Reading This Book?
I love my diet. It tastes good and it's easy to stick to. Since cutting carbs from my diet, except for some vegetables, I have experienced dramatic changes:
Higher energy levels: I feel great and I have more pep. I've been more productive this week than I have in a long time. I've gotten a lot of organizing projects done that I'd been putting off.
Steady energy levels: As well as having higher energy, my energy levels are also more stable. I can go all day without my usual slumps and slow periods. I used to crash at 3PM every day. I'm done with that slump, hopefully for good.
Reduced appetite: I rarely think about food, and I no longer need to eat small, frequent meals. I have more time for other things when I'm not snacking and thinking about food all day long. "Dieting" (if you want to call it that) is way easier when I'm not obsessing about food.
Weight loss: I lost 3 pounds last week. Then I had a chocolate tart in a cooking class one day, and pizza for dinner with my husband another night. But the cool thing is that I can hop right back on the diet without feeling deprived and continue to lose weight.
The book comes out in paperback on December 27th, 2011. I snagged a hardcover copy from my local library and crammed reading it into one day. Granted it was a weekend day, so my husband watched my daughter for most of it. The book was absolutely worth the time and energy, as I now have that time and energy back!
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