Did anyone see Rachael Ray this morning with Jorge Cruise and his book, "The Belly Fat Diet"? I saw last week when she had "The Carb Lovers Diet", but I didn't pay to much attention because I'm not really a carb lover. Jorge's book caught my attention for two reasons: 1) He says to stop counting calories and 2) It's about carbs and sugar. He explains that counting calories is a "thing of the past", something we don't need to do anymore, and we should focus on portion control!! He says that what determines weight loss is our sugar and carb intake. We should not be consuming no more than 15 grams of sugar and 6 servings of carbs per day! If we stay within that range and get in some mild cardio, ex. walking 30 min - 3x/week, that we should lose weight. He also said that we should eat lots of little meals throughout the day.
Some of the foods that he said to stay away from were contradictory to everything we think is good for us. The things he mentioned on the show were:
Fruit - bananas and apples specifically, have to much sugar. Instead, he suggested berries, like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries because they're the fruit with the least amount of sugar and are high in antioxidants.
Oatmeal - which is so heart healthy, has to much sugar. He suggested eating a piece of whole wheat/whole grain toast and eggs (including the egg yolk) for breakfast instead.
Crackers - have to much sugar, so eat nuts instead like almonds or walnuts.
Pudding - instead of a 100 calorie, fat free, pudding cup, he suggested fresh berries with a little whip cream. Those 100 calorie snacks can be misleading because they are low in calories, but high in sugar and carbs.
I was just curious as to what anyone else thought or if anyone has read the book or tried this "diet"? Some of the things he says, like lots of small meals, watching sugar and carb intake, make sense to me. But no oatmeal, bananas, apples?? Really?? I guess you don't have to give them up completely, everything is ok in moderation. But oatmeal is my go to meal in the winter. I'm going to stick with my counting calories....it works for me. Even if I'm eating proper portions, I can see how I could easily start eating more and more if I don't count my calories to keep myself focused and in check.
He does claim that you can lose around 4 lbs a week following those two rules and that is a safe amount of weight to lose. There was a lady on the show who used his book, lost 57 lbs and is preparing for her first half-marathon. 4 lbs a week seems a little intense and more weight than is safe for you to lose in a week.
If this sounds like something you're interested in, you can enter a giveaway to win the book. You can do so here: www.rachaelrayshow.com/c
Also, Rachael had 4 guests who all lost over a 100 lbs with out surgery. They simply started eating right and working out. One lady joined Weight Watchers, a married couple did NutriSystem (they didn't say specifically, but the packaging of the food looked familiar from when I tried NutriSystem. Why by the way I hated. Only 25% of the food tasted like food and not crap. If you're going to do packaged food sent to you like that I would recommend Jenny Craig, even though that's way more expensive than NutriSystem or eDiets, who will deliver fresh food to you). Anyway, my point was that all of these people, ranging from a 20-yr old to a 60- yr old were all able to do it. And we can do it to. I really needed to see that this morning because I was just starting to get overwhelmed about how much weight I have to lose and how long it was going to take. This is when focusing on and rewarding yourself for reaching small goals comes into place. When you have a long journey, like a year or more, you have to do things to keep yourself motivated. Even little things like a new nail polish, mani/pedi, new hairdo, small piece of jewelry, etc. I'm going to sit down, reassess my goals/time-frames, and think of new ways to treat myself when I accomplish them.