Many of us want to lose weight and need to know the solution. So… what is the solution?
Okay… here is some information that we know…
- ·High-fat diets give us lots of calories in relatively small quantities of food. In other words, they are very “calorie dense”. The problem with that is that people are more likely to eat too many calories. Oh… that’s what we don’t want!!
- ·Low-fat diets have relatively low “calorie density,” and can fill you up before you eat too many calories. And… low-fat diets are usually more satisfying because of the complex carbohydrates, fiber and water they contain. That will help us stick with the plan to not only lose weight, but keep it off. Great… that’s what we DO want!!!
- ·Here is a caution: “reduced fat” foods that substitute extra sweeteners for fat can be a problem. They are usually low in fiber and water. That is not good… we need that bulk. Refined, processed carbohydrates (bread, bagel, pasta, crackers, etc) have 3 times the calorie density of unrefined, unprocessed complex carbohydrates (rice, oats, peas, beans, potatoes, etc). (You may want to read that caution again).
- ·Low-fat foods can aid weight loss, but not enough to make a big difference. You could expect to lose slightly over a pound per month and that’s not much. Oh, I am disappointed. But by lowering fat intake and exercising more, you can lose considerably more. So… we’re back to exercising.
- ·If you are a small person you need fewer calories to maintain your weight. If a 200 pound man ate as much as a 100 pound woman, he would lose weight and she wouldn’t. The amount of calories you need depends on your size and activity.
So, what is the final answer?? We have all the information needed to control and maintain our weight. We’ll put this all together next time but consider the food that was originally created for us. The description is in Genesis 1:29. These are the low calorie, high fiber, nutrient dense, perfect ratios of nutrients, no excess cholesterol, no excess free oils and no saturated fat foods created expressly for our needs. How interesting… but not at all surprising