I find following No S Diet and the leptin "diet" to go hand in hand . . . I strongly suspect the scientific info on the leptin diet vid, is the reason behind WHY the No S Diet WORKS. Thyroid, leptin, grehlin, & the other one(s) . . . they are all inter-related.
Here is the link to the 10-min Leptin Diet Vid:
Note the first 3 rules mirror EXACTLY the No S Diet.
Also remember how important regular sleep and a full amount of sleep, is to leptin. Most obese people are not sleeping 8 hours.
In the 50s there was a beginning, and an ENDING, to every meal. Nobody believed in "snacking" or grazing except in a negative connotation of weight gain and moral lack. The next time you are at work or at a retail store, look around you. I believe they were right! Personally I only have to look in the mirror to see they are right!
Our grandmas & great-grandmas followed No S as a common-sense, every day way of life. Not "a diet". They ate everything, but they ate in moderation, like No S. If there was a birthday or special occasion, they celebrated with NO GUILT. And without weight gain. Just like No S. But they only did so in moderation. And only SOMETIMES, like No S. Not all the time, and not most of the time. Like No S. It was a SPECIAL occasion; not 'another' occasion.
And of course, they cooked from scratch and ate out of their gardens. They did not eat foods containing high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, nor canned foods containing BPA; and bought only ingredients, not ready-to-be-eaten-food, not chemical food, not prepared or manufactured food, at the grocery store. They did not use microwaves, which have been outlawed in some countries due to what they do to food at a molecular level.
All of those things impact thyroid, leptin, grehlin, etc.
Fluoride and BPA and bromine and many others are endocrine disrupters.
Many of the pesticides sprayed on conventional crops are endocrine disrupters and worse, which is why organic is worth it. Like "snacking being good", our thinking has become twisted about organics. Organic is the standard of what is NORMAL; it's not something special or optional. Conventional is POISONED. I have very little organic where I now live, and cannot garden at all not even container garden; so I eat from the Clean 15 and avoid the Dirty Dozen list, and make the wisest choices I can as much as possible.
I did not grow up knowing how to cook. As an adult I started with a crockpot, because I heard you couldn't burn anything in one (proved them wrong, LOL). The important thing was, you have to start somewhere, and it was a start. I have taught myself to cook, and learned quite a bit by watching Food Network. It's how I learned to chiffonarde kale and collards, and I learned the divided plate from Ellie Krieger long before I heard of SparkPeople.
I still today need to follow a recipe in order to not have disastrous results, but I love to batchcook (when I have a kitchen) and crock pot, and I make salads a couple times a week. Cooking healthy and from scratch CAN be done even with little time. Batchcooking and crockpotting are terrific time savers, and crockpots make the whole house smell good while not heating up the oven in the summer. If you can snake a cord outside, many set them on patios etc during the summer.
To me the bottom line is: cook all natural, from scratch, with the least adulterated and unprocessed food and purest water that you can. THEN, re-learn how to eat in moderation via the common sense of the No S diet.
Don't eat poison and don't eat endocrine disrupters when you can choose something else. Like great-grandma in the 50s, this is just COMMON SENSE.
Also if it didn't come from your hand, don't eat it. Even restaurants touted for being "healthy", are not. It is called fast food for a reason. If you want something fast, eat an orange, not "drive through". Other than an orange etc., slow is in.
The above is what works for me, and is advice for me. It is not advice for everyone. I've lost some, but I'm not where I should be. I was super morbidly obese when I joined SP, and now am morbidly obese.
These are my suggestions: watch the 10-min leptin vid once a week until you know every nuance and could teach it yourself; and to incorporate an every-day, healthy, common sense lifestyle, to batchcook once a week or month (if you don't have time to do it daily like grandma did), and to make the sacrifices in time in your personal life to make it happen. There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.
What would you trade your health and fitness for? That is the question. It takes work, sweat to get the fat off, and wise choices every day. Not a diet. Every day for the rest of your life. Eat less, exercise more, choose wisely. Would you trade, would I trade, obesity and unfitness, for a physically fit mind and body? Just for personal, selfish, vanity reasons alone, I would. But as Christians there is a higher reason having to do with HONOR . . . to honor God with our bodies, a fitting sacrifice.
What would you trade your health and fitness for? Would I trade in obesity, illness, disease, and sluggish depressed thinking and brain fog, for health and vitality? Would I trade in THE TIME IT TAKES FOR hard work and sweating it off, for health and vitality and an agile mind? If so we have to do it diligently, every day. It IS worth it. But it definitely IS, a lifestyle change. Count the cost (and forget not all His benefits), then put your hand to the plow, and don't look back.
When I don't have time to exercise or cook, and hate sweating, and am generally pissed off and have a bad attitude about being morbidly obese and having to go to the store AGAIN to get fresh produce, then I remember what John the Baptist said. He said PROVE IT. He said "Bring forth fruits of repentance". Am I REALLY repentant that I let myself, His temple, get this way? Or is that alot of hot air, alot of lip service? If I'm REALLY repentant then I will SHOW IT, every day while I take it off, and every day while I keep it off. LIFESTYLE CHANGE is PROVING it.
New International Version (©2011)
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
New Living Translation (©2007)
Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.
English Standard Version (©2001)
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.
NET Bible (©2006)
Therefore produce fruit that proves your repentance,
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
“Produce therefore fruit that is fitting of repentance.”
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Do those things that prove you have turned to God and have changed the way you think and act.