Once again we’re ready for this, our fourth class studying dieting!
Today we will learn the effectiveness of a strict low-carbohydrate diet.
So what do you think?
True or false: Weight loss is faster and more effective on a strict low-carbohydrate diet whether or not you exercise.
We will give you the answer in a bit…
They call them starvation diets: any diet that drastically cuts calories will result in fast weight loss, but it has been proven with research that fast weight loss tends to be followed by fast regain once the diet has ended. One needs to find a way of eating that they can manage for a lifetime that allows for cheating, holidays, birthdays, celebrations, travel, vacation, and well, life in general!
Weight loss results from eating fewer calories and putting out more energy with physical activity. The real proof that you pass the test of any diet is whether it helps you keep the weight off permanently. That is why DH and I love our Fairy Tale Diet.
Following this low-carbohydrate diet for five consecutive days does put your body into a state called “ketosis,” which means your body has less or no carbohydrates to burn for energy, so it burns stored fat or whatever else is available. Ketosis tends to reduce hunger, so by midweek often you end up wanting to eat a very low-calorie diet.
Of course, it’s the calories that count when you are trying to lose weight. Even though every diet, one way or another, manages to cut calories, this one, The Fairy Tale Diet, cut them and then replace them with flavor, fulfillment, and satisfaction with the knowledge that at the end of those five days you can cheat and eat anything your little heart desires for two full days.
We will not have you be misled, as you cease to ingest the types of foods that are ‘pushing your body out of shape’ there may be some undesirable side effects of from this low-carbohydrate lifestyles, including constipation, bad breath, headaches, and potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
If you experience any of these reactions it is because your body is having withdrawals for the toxics you are purging from your body. Feel free to consult a doctor. We did and ours just wanted to give us drugs, laxatives, and told us to go back to including as much as 50% of our intake from carbs.
What else did we do… we walked out without taking one bit of his advice. We ate prunes and increased the amount of Splenda and that took care of the constipation. We ingested an occasional Mentos (10 calories each), peppermint tea, made peppermint cookies using LorAnn’s flavorings because peppermint is a natural aide to stomach disorders and helps the breath too.
Because we could satisfy ourselves with what ever we wanted 2 days a week, our bodies adjusted. After a week or two the headaches went away by themselves. The last remedy was easy… we did some research to find the fastest absorbing vitamin and mineral supplements and began taking them. Problems solved. Duh… Big Red Truck!
In the long run, most fad diet high in fat — especially saturated fat — may also increase your risk of heart disease and some cancers. For this reason we did not and do not suggest that you raise your fat intake… in fact we recommend just the opposite.
The National Academy of Sciences, NAS, suggests that everyone should eat a minimum of 130 grams of carbohydrates each day. Do the math. That comes to 520 carbohydrate calories a day. They also promote a 2000 total caloric intake every day! That would be fine if we were not all so overweight. Most Americans eat 3000 to 6000 calories each and every day!
So how do we lose the pounds, cut back on 1/3 to 2/3 of the calories, and still enjoy eating, be satisfied and feel full? Our answer was simple: The Fairy Tale Diet and forget the exercise.
Why exercise? If your goal is, say, to lose seven pounds this month… then someone somewhere will recommend just three 40-minute exercise sessions per week. This month without exercise you’ll begin to burn those calories, boost your metabolism, and see those inspiring results. The want to just start with 20 minutes of heart-pumping movement — go for a brisk walk, take a bike ride, jog, etc. and ending with a leisurely stroll for the last 10 minutes. So managable… No squats, knee bends, sit ups, chin lifts, or other physically demanding ‘torture’. Do it with your favorite music, an audio book, with a partner, you kids, your dog… just set your mind to the task… It may be nice if you can devote that time to such an activity that can let you ‘get away’ and reduce stress (while wearing down the cartilage in your ankles, knees and spine), but…
Again you ask… Why exercise? So do we! Now we have hard proof! MSN posted an article by a doctor, Karen Collins R.D., that tells us finally that the test results are in and that after a year there is no physical difference in the folks that faithfully exercised along with restricting their caloric intake and those that only dieted and never broke a sweat.
Let me repeat: Our answer was simple: The Fairy Tale Diet and forget the exercise!
So what do you think?
True or false: Weight loss is faster, more effective, and often maintained on a strict low-carbohydrate diet whether or not you exercise.
False. This was a trick question. The key related to ‘a strict low-carb diet’. Any diet that drastically cuts calories without a break for an excessively long time will result in fast weight loss, but it has been proven with research that fast weight loss tends to be followed by fast regain once the diet has ended. Weight loss results from eating fewer calories and putting out more energy with physical activity has not been proven any more successful than caloric reduction/dieting alone.
So for a third time I say: Our answer is simple: The Fairy Tale Diet and forget the exercise!
We have 1 more class in this study, low-carb calories vs other calories, and then… I will explain the unspoken dynamics of The Fairy Tale Diet.
You know that intake is restricted for five days and on the weekends you can splurge… but we will cover WHAT may be eaten during those five days beyond the items that we offer as FREE RECIPES.
Until then… here is one of my favorite side dishes (I do not eat pork and it is not in the Fairy Tale Diet… but Walden Farms makes the best bar-none artificial flavored dressing I have ever tasted… and has zero fat-carbs and calories):
Bacony BBQ Collard Greens
My DH coworker Steve told us: ”My 350 pound brother Eddie was over for dinner a while ago one night when we happened to be having collard greens. Ed had never had any of Granny’s dishes. He was shocked by the super fast new way we prepare and serve these healthful, somewhat bitter greens – spiced up with barbecue sauce. Huh? Ed normally hates collard greens, with or without the bacon, but as you can tell from his girth he does not hate food. The special bacon dressing and Barbecue sauce in this recipe makes them smell oh so good. Well, that was enough incentive for him to try it, and I must agree, he and I both agree: collard greens are excellent served this way”.
- 2 cans collard greens, chopped
- 1/2 bottle Walden Farms Honey BBQ sauce
- 1 packet Walden Farms Creamy Bacon Dressing
Pour in the BBQ sauce, dressing, and the greens in a microwave bowl and stir ‘em up. Heat on high about 1 minute.
These are sooooo delicious, no one walks away from 50 calories per serving! Enjoy Granny’s Gourmet DIY Diet aka The Fairy Tale Diet.
Class dismissed ‘till later