Lose the Wheat – Lose the Weight???

I get daily notices from Prevention in my e-mail and today’s notice was about a new book on the market written by an MD. The premise is that if you cut wheat out of your diet you will lose weight. Additionally, he suggests that the wheat of today is different from what our fore-bearers ate and is less healthy. The statements and premises in this book ARE NOT based in science. Just because someone has an MD after his or her name does not make them an expert in nutritional science as evidenced in this book. This is just another gimmick or fad diet.

What is the Healthiest Diet and Lifestyle?

If you follow  media stories regarding health, diet, nutrition and exercise recommendations you may be feeling a little confused. I understand! As health and nutrition guidelines are constantly challenged with new research finding coming to light, the media grabs hold of it and hypes it up. So what you believe one day, may be seem to refuted the next. But in the meantime, the media makes the findings seem definitive. Many respond by jumping on the latest health bandwagon based on inconclusive research.

Some things that have recently be challenged are:

  • the role (amount and type) of fat and heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions.

How to Eat Healthy While Eating Out

  • First, be prepared and pre-plan! Check out the menu ahead of time and decide what you will order before you get there and are bombarded with food cues and distractions.
    • (See if there is nutrition information on their website)
  • Don’t go overly hungry as your defenses may be down compromising your ability to make rational decisions in alignment with your goals.
  • To curb hunger, eat a light snack or have a small bowl of tomato or broth based soup before you go.

Who is to Blame for the Obesity Epidemic?

The latest stats on obesity in America are 1 out of 3 children and 2 out of 3 adults are either overweight or obese. Of course it’s easy to blame the food companies, fast food restaurants and technology, however if you’re are adult, you make your own lifestyle choices. All day long we make decisions that affect our health including: whether or not to exercise; what, when, where and how much we eat; how we perceive and respond to stressors and how much time to allot for sleep and rest.

The Color of Health

Rather than thinking about what you shouldn’t eat, take a fresh look at DIET. “Shoulds” and “shouldn’ts” create guilt and contribute to unnecessary frustration when trying to eat healthier and/or lose weight.