Why diets don’t work (or do they?)
Diets actually DO work. They (usually) help people lose weight. How many people do you know that went on the Atkins diet? Lots? They lost weight right? Did they keep it off? Likely not. Why? It’s not sustainable. But it is so easy! ALL you have to do is stop eating carbs. That’s it! But is it the baked potato that’s the bad evil creature? OR is it the company it keeps? Can’t have a baked potato without the butter, sour cream, cheese, and bacon!
Okay so the Atkins diet is passé’. Been there done that. Let’s look at a more popular diet – the Paleo diet! Why has it gotten the attention of so many people? I’ll tell you why. Before embracing the miracle, Tony J was eating crap. Fast food almost every day, beer frequently. He suddenly discovered Paleo and turned his eating habits around. Was it the Paleo diet or because he stopped eating crap?
Diet myth #2 with Shelley Rael, MS, RD: “You shouldn’t eat white foods” (or should you?)
Shelley Rael, registered dietitian in private practice from Albuquerque, New Mexico and I had the chance to catch up in Philadelphia during the annual Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We discussed six diet myths—here was the second one. (To see the video, scroll to the bottom or click here.)
|Shelley:||This one is kind of twofold. People say they cut out white foods. I hear people say I stopped these white foods and I lost all this weight. And what I think most people are referring to is the refined grains, the refined white bread—which by the way, I would never give up ever. Like ever. I look forward to that.|
|Shelley:||White rice, white potatoes—that’s what a lot of people are referring to. I hate that all these white foods are clumped together. As I say, it’s discriminating. Of course, we want brown foods—brown rice, and the whole grain bread but there are a lot of white foods that are really good for you. Potatoes are not evil but people think they are. Onions, leeks, garlic, cauliflower—those are white foods that are good for you. People are like, you know what I mean. But I just want to clarify that we cannot just put this one color on the hit list so to speak. When I talk about potatoes there are a few parts about potatoes that I mention. You know they’re great sources of vitamins and fiber. It’s what we DO to the potatoes.|
|Neily:||Exactly. How is it dressed? The company it keeps.|
|Shelley:||What we eat with the potatoes. Mashed potatoes—I’ve made healthier versions of mashed potatoes. But people talk about the stick of butter and the cream they use in mashed potatoes—that’s what makes potatoes go to the far side, the dark side.|
|Neily:||A loaded baked potato—you’ve got bacon, cheese, sour cream, butter and it all adds up….|
|Shelley:||Add a little bit of chives for the veggies. And have it with a 20 ounce steak. Or French fries—the No 1 vegetable in this country. French fries and ketchup is No 2 as a vegetable. You know French fries and ketchup are the No.1 and No. 2 sources of fruits and vegetables in the country. That’s not what we want to do. It’s not the fact that it’s white as much as it’s fried, with a lot of salt.|
|Neily:||Right. So it’s okay to eat white food. Thanks Shelley! Thanks for watching Neily on Nutrition and we’ll see you in the next video.|
- Don’t eat after 7pm – Diet myth #1 with Shelley Rael, MS, RD, LD (neilyonnutrition.wordpress.com)
- Does sugar ‘feed’ cancer? Should we limit red meat? That & more with RD Karen Collins (neilyonnutrition.wordpress.com)
If you don’t love it, don’t eat it!
Have you ever taken a bite of food that wasn’t all that great but you went ahead and ate it anyway? I have been guilty of that and perhaps you too. It happens a lot around the holidays but it can happen anytime throughout the year: at a party, or someone brings something to the office or someone maybe even gives you a box of chocolates – great chocolates and something that you expect to be wonderful. You take a bite and it’s not what you expected. (You thought it would be much better.) But you ate it anyway. Why? If you don’t love it, don’t eat it!
If however it’s great, then savor the flavor and enjoy every single mouthful! Really take advantage of how wonderful it is. Because it’s a treat. BUT, if you don’t love it, don’t eat it. It will just be a waste on your waist. Wasted calories.
Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Wellcoach® Certified Health Coach