No More Diets
Over the past few episodes, I have shared my experience with some FAD diets that I had been on. Namely – Ketogenic Diet, Juice Diet and Intermittent Fasting Diet.
The Keto diet has been reported to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors. It is also claimed to lower the risk of developing cancer. One major setback of being on the Keto diet is the development of ketoacidosis which is a high concentration of ketone bodies. This can be fatal if not properly checked.
Drinking a juice on the Juice diet makes digestion easier as all the insoluble fiber in the fruits and vegetables have been removed through the juicing process. The body is able to better absorb the vitamins, minerals and enzymes the juice has to offer. The flip side of this is that with all the sugar from the fruits, there could be a sugar hike in our blood stream. The insoluble fiber that has been removed helps slow down the absorption of sugar in the blood, avoiding sugar spikes that juices are known for.
Intermittent fasting has also been reported to help prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. If done properly, it helps you lose weight and belly fat as long as one does not over-eat during the non-fasting days. Long period of fasting can suppress the hunger reducing hormones like leptin which is a hormone that gives the brain the message that we are full. Intermittent fasting can cause an in-balance or insensitivity to leptin and as a result, our brain will not inform when the body is full. This can lead to over-eating. This diet is not sustainable as one cannot fast for long periods of time.
In his 2010 documentary, ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’, Joe Cross met Phil a truck driver who was also battling with his weight. Phil lost about 43kg over 61 days on a Juice diet. In the 2014 sequel, Joe Cross met up with Phil who had gained back all this weight and more. One of the major factors contributing to this was the lack of a support system around him.
These FAD diets did enable me lose weight within a short period of time but I gained the weight back. I wanted something that would enable me not only lose weight but maintain the weight loss for the rest of my life. I did not want to continue on my yo-yo weight loss. I definitely needed the necessary tools required to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
In 2016, I was able to lose 27kg and go from a UK size 22 to a UK size 12 without going on a FAD diet. I learnt that losing weight had to do with my mind and soul not just my body. It was a Total Makeover Experience.
I learnt that to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life did not include the elimination of any food group but to know how to balance them coupled with exercise and having a support system around me.
Maintaining this philosophy has enabled me to keep the weight off for about a year.