Sunday, May 30, 2010

Which eating plan works best

I thought this report was certainly interesting:

"In the long-running debate over diets—low-fat or low-carb—Stanford University researchers reported Wednesday that a genetic test can help people choose which one works best for them."

According to these studies, they have found that some women lose more weight on a low-fat diet whereas some others do better with a low-carb diet. I already know that if I cut out sugar and simple carbs and saturated and hydrogenated fats that I can lose weight quite quickly, and I also believe that a healthy diet that follows the Word of Wisdom is my best long-term "diet." Eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, and lean meats in moderation is the best kind of diet for me. I also believe that using a moderate amount of healthy oils such as extra virgin olive oil and canola oil and even a little bit of butter, and that occasional, small portion desserts that use healthier ingredients (hostess cupcakes don't count) can still be included in a healthy diet.

There are always some interesting "diets" that are temporary solutions that I don't trust the long-term ramifications of. I have found that the weight that comes off way to quickly also comes back even quicker. Quite simply, for me if a diet can't be long-term and that doesn't follow the principles in the Word of Wisdom, then I won't consider it healthy. If I can't "run and not be weary" on a diet then I am suspicious. For me, I am committed to eat healthy, eat less, and exercise.

I also believe it is important to remember that even on a healthy diet, that we all have different body types and that some will be thinner and some will naturally be more curvy. It is all good and it is especially good for us all to accept and love our bodies. They are gifts from our Heavenly Father.

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