Monday, January 07, 2013
So today on the morning news show, they were talking about the Doctor who wrote the wheat belly diet. He was saying that wheat was genetically altered over time and isn't nutritious anymore. He was advocating giving up all wheat and gluten products. One of the newscasters questioned him about perhaps there should be moderation and not complete elimination. He argued that it had to be complete because he has seen it work and help people get rid of bellies, health problems etc.
Well what about all the other foods that are allowed. I would think a lot of vegetables, nuts, and fruit have been modified, sprayed with chemicals, etc. and what about the meat? Aren't livestock eating more genetically modified corn, oats, hay, etc? I have to agree with the newscaster that moderation is the key.
As a long term dieter, it hasn't worked for me or other dieters i know to completely give up a food group long term. There are always social situations that come up where it isn't practical to eat so strictly. I am not going to bring my own special food to a wedding, picnic, after work party, business conference, etc. perhaps limiting wheat and gluten products might be wise, be total elimination is not practical.
That is why i love sparkpeople.com. It isn't a diet. It is really a principle that you need to burn more calories than you take in to lose weight. And the guidelines for protein, fat, carbs and fiber help me choose the foods that allow me to steadily lose weight without feeling hungry all the time!