Everybody is different and what works for one will not always work for another. With that being said however, I have been on a lot of dieting message boards and have read and watched lots of documentaries by so called experts from vegan, to paleo, to just count calories etc., all work like I said, but it seems that more that follow a whole foods vegan diet are able to vastly improve their health. I go to dr. Mcdougalls website a lot and countless people on there have decreased or eliminated symptoms of MS and RhA and other autoimmune disorders. People on diabetes and blood pressure meds vastly decrease or even discontinue their meds within a few weeks.
Now with that being said, do I follow a vegan diet no. I have tried but its just not something I could ever maintain long term. However I took the biggest lessons from that and all the other "experts". I eat the majority of my calories from fruits and vegetables and I try to only eat real whole food choices, foods that don't have ingredient labels. And I still count calories cuz I can overeat on anything. These reasons are why my scale is finally moving continously down instead of all over.
I think you should definitely try it but just don't beat yourself up if u can't sustain and most importantly listen to your body and how you feel when you eat anything.
1/24/13 2:04 P
I've followed the Fuhrman plan--except that I am entirely vegan, so no animal products at all-- for more than a year now with outstanding results. You might try the ETL team here on SP for great discussions of how to implement the program and what to expect along the way.
Furman's approach is plant based and rich in vitamins and minerals....
I found the only way to lose weight is to balance your blood sugar, omit Wheat Bread, white bread and Wheat pasta and white pasta totally, as wheat is an appetite stimulant and can rasie blood sugar. I eat Toasted rye as it digests slowly and doesnt create inflammation. By eating an anti-inflammatory diet, you will succeed at permanent weight loss...just eating too many calories can create inflammation and excess sugar, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats and trans fats aare causes that can create inflammation.
I eat red meat only 2X a month to get iron...I eat 4 walnuts a day for my heart as it has good oils, almond in my salads, pistachios to help control cholesterol, pumpkin seeds, seasame seeds, etc. Lots of black coarse pepper...as the simple use of black pepper, which is a natural anti-biotic and a great dieatary source of fiber, potassium, iron, vitamins C and K and other spices in my foods.....they have healing properties......if I have pasta it is brown rice pasta and only 2 ounces ...maybe 2X per month....
I always eat fruit with a small carb...and only low glycemic fruits...berries, Plums, pears, peaches, apples, kiwi, apricots, and sometimes an orange or tangerine. I also always eat a carb and a protein together....and when I'm hungry I eat Air-popped pop corn, "All Whites" egg whites scrambled with green peppers and onions, and over 70% chocolate daily...
I learned about foods when I was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic...never could understand why I couldnt lose weight and why it was so hard....well my blood sugar has been normal now for approx. 2 years and I have lost 96lbs....and I have no aches or pains since I elimated wheat and red meat.
So I think the true secret to weight loss is to balance your blood sugar....and get rid of inflammation..
Ive read a lot of diet books in the past and have taken tips from ALL of them I think knowledge is power and really there isnt one answer to weight loss... how can there be when everyone is so wonderfully unique! So read everything you can get your hands on and its finding what fits right for you...so I say try it and if you love it great and if you fall off...its okay, theres more info out there...or professional help if you feel you need it.....:)
PS: I have taken a lot of parts of diets and now I am on the no processed, dye and preservative and artificial flavoring free, anti gmo, fresh is best, humanely treated animal products but eat less meat, organic when I cant peel it or its a dirty dozen, no lite or fat free foods...I use the real stuff and try to grow some of it or get it local diet.
1/23/13 9:37 P
The trouble with any of this stuff, common sense doesn't have alot to do with what we eat, we eat for all kinds of reasons, so "reasoning" from this dude or any other may work for awhile, but a person can't hack it after awhile, hence people buying yet another "diet" book. An addiction can't be "reasoned" with. If you are not satisfied with what you are eating, you will stray, that is why many of us have been trying this for years. I am still wondering why I can't "get with" the good, old fashioned, "eat less, move more" theory. Maybe it's too simple and doesn't require buying a book or weird food products or supplements??
The only thing that has worked for my husband and myself, is enlisting the help of a dietitian, who sees us every 8 weeks, in person, and we can call her and she calls us, to see how we are doing. Professional help, in other words.
I recently started reading this book too. I did a search here and found some other threads about it. I don't like Dr Fuhrman's weight recommendations, but I think there are a lot of good things to take from the book. Basically I am trying to eat 90% fresh fruits and vegetables and 10% animal products. I have already seen results and I've only been doing it since Sunday. I also ordered a blendtec blender so I can start making green smoothies.
I've been reading the "Eat to Live" book by Dr. Fuhrman and a lot of what he says makes sense. So I'm considering trying it out. Really, I'm just curious about what everyone thinks. Has anyone heard of and/or tried this?? If so, what experiences did you have with it? Thank you all in advance for your comments.
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