There are so many ways to skin a cat. It’s not like swaddling a baby. There is really only one way to correctly swaddle a baby – if you want to make comfy, snuggly, and safe for the babe. Unlike swaddling a baby, but much like skinning a cat; there are a ton of ways to lose weight.
In theory, all you need do is eat less calories than it takes to maintain your body, and viola – you lose weight. Your maintenance calorie need is 2250. You eat 2000. Your body takes the other 250 from your fat cells. The longer you stay at 2000 calories, the more your body takes from your fat cells.
You lose weight – so beautiful…
Yet, if it were truly that easy, then there wouldn’t be a whole cottage industry of late night infomercials, diet pills, and diet plans. So, it’s not easy, but it’s not that complex either. It’s fairly straightforward.
Your body is remarkably ingenious. It wants to survive. It wants you to survive. Like a bear in hibernation, it values a nice layer of fat. My mom used to say that so long as we had an extra bag of rice at home, we’d never starve.
That belly gut is your body’s extra bag of rice.
So, to get rid of that belly gut, you have to convince your body that you no longer need that extra bag of rice. You have to convince your body that you will not have to endure a harsh winter of no food, no crops, no harvest, blah, blah, blah.
The most straightforward way would be eat several meals a day. Having a constant stream of nutrients coming into your body will most likely convince your body that it no longer needs to hoard fat. Combined with a fat burning program, like HIIT or boxing, you begin your journey to losing weight.
Which brings us to the question of what to eat during those several meals a day. There are the high protein/low fat, high carb/low fat, high fat/low carb, or my favorite – high protein, higher carb, and ridiculously high fat diets (just kidding).
There is the caveman’s diet, the gladiator’s diet, kung fu panda’s diet, diets named after a city, diets named after a guy, and diets named after a diet.
And then there is the vegetarian diet, the vegan diet, the lactovegetarian diet, and the “what is this – rabbit food – diet.”
So, which is best?
I would contend that all can work, and certainly each have its endorsers and testimonials for success.
But the one that I think really merits further consideration is a vegetarian diets.
I think most of us, even a carnivore like myself, is only about 15 to 20% away from a vegetarian. So far today, I have had a handful of fresh peanuts, 2 bananas, an apple, 2 honey oat toast with organic strawberry spread and cream cheese, organic granola bar, pint of fat free milk, and about 4 oz of roast chicken. Oh yes, I have drank about a liter and half of water. I’ll probably have a plate of spaghetti with marinara for dinner, mixed green salad and more water.
Cut out the chicken and it’s pretty much a vegetarian diet. I think if most looked at their daily diet, the same kind of conclusion can be drawn.
And really, a diet of fresh fruit, veggies, grains, and nuts just reeks of health. And what’s healthy, done in moderation, can only be a good for either weight loss or weight maintenance.
And the 2 knocks against vegetarian diets are really irrelevant misconceptions. You can get plenty of protein, including essential amino acids, in this diet. As for a filling meal – try a plate of pasta with roast garlic and olive oil. With a refreshing glass of Pinot Grigio, you will have a satisfying dinner. And it takes about 20 minutes to make, tops.
The challenge with a vegetarian diet is watching the fats and total caloric intake. Nuts have got decent levels of fat in it. Tofu can be loaded with fat. And Soy products have some controversy to them. Plus, a bad offender are the juices and smoothies that claim to have XXX equivalent serving of fruit and/or veggies in it – just loaded with calories.
That said, eating 5 or 6 small meals through the day, be it with vegetarian based or meat based, you keep your body happy and satisfied.