Thursday, February 17, 2011

MORE Ways to Lose Weight in 2011

As promised, in keeping with the new USDA guidelines, I am returning to talk about my MORE philosophy that has helped many patients lose weight. When people decide they want to lose weight, what is the first thing that pops into their mind? DIET, right? So what's next- which foods am I going to cut out of my diet? Followed closely by feelings of deprivation, and then frustration and disappointment when they give in to a craving for that off-limits food.
What if, instead of focusing on LESS, you focus on MORE? I encourage my patients to simply INCREASE their fruit and vegetable servings. The goal is 5-10 servings per day, total, of either veggies or fruit. A serving is what comfortably fits in your cupped hand. Therefore, a salad like the one pictured here is roughly four servings- 2 handfuls of lettuce, one of shredded carrots and one of tomato. Easy, right?

What happens when you focus on MORE vegetables & fruit servings is no secret. You FILL UP on "nutrient dense" foods that are GOOD for you, and eat less of, well, everything else! It tends to be the complex carbs (think breads, crackers, muffins, cookies, chips) that pile on the calories, NOT the fruits, vegetables and protein.
Does this mean you are not "allowed" to eat those complex carbs? Absolutely not! What it means is that you will be focusing on MORE quality in your diet by pushing up those F&V servings, and that typically will automatically decrease your total calorie intake, which POOF- "magically" helps you lose weight.
BOTTOM LINE: It's not rocket science, my friends- simply consume less calories than you burn, and yes, you will lose weight. But do it RIGHT, and make sure you are not skipping any meals, and that you ARE eating foods packed full of vitamins and fiber...our friends, the fruits and veggies.

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