Diet Foods to Lose Weight

Diet Foods
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In today’s post, we are talking about the diet foods that people use to lose weight. Many people use the same types of foods to “go on a diet” and start eating the types of foods that they have heard will cause them to lose weight.

The main issue with that practice is that many people will end up in a yo-yo dieting cycle and end up gaining more weight than when they started the diet process.

Most professionals in the health field agree that a lifestyle change is a preferred method of losing weight. When the dietary change is temporary, it is not going to cause a lasting difference, once the old habits are resumed any weight loss will typically return.

The good thing about working on a dietary lifestyle adjustment, is that taste buds will change over time, and the types of foods that are good for you will begin to taste better to you.

In my experience, this takes about six months to start noticing the transformation in your taste preferences. It requires the desire to change and reminding yourself why you are doing the modification to your diet.

The mental aspect is just as important as the physical discipline with choosing the right foods and sticking to the plan. It is a learning experience, and we must give ourselves a break when we slip up on the program.

Healthy Diet Foods Eat

Doctors teach everyone that the leaner meats are better for you than, the fattier cuts of meat. The keto diet is a different philosophy and focuses on more fat, typically targeting 75% fat 15% protein and 5% carbs.

The problem with this diet for those with type 2 diabetes is that if you mess up on the amount of food you eat the results could create a condition where the body starts to break down the fat to fast (Diabetic ketoacidosis) this can lead to severe health conditions and even be fatal. It can also put someone in a diabetic coma in some cases.

This condition makes trying a keto diet something that people with type two diabetes very dangerous and they should consult their Doctor before they start a keto diet.

In my case, once learning about this risk, I will not try a keto diet of any kind. It is tempting to see some recipes of the keto foods and want to try it but better for people with type two diabetes it is a better idea to stick to a diet designed for their condition.

Lean Meat

That is eating leans meats, fresh fruits and veggies and cutting the carbs as much as possible. Eating the right kind of carbs and making sure that you combine the carbs with protein and fiber to stabilize the blood sugar.

Cutting Junk Food Out of Your Diet

Cutting the junk food out of your diet is the priority when changing your diet. If you use fast food restaurants and prepackages food for convenience or to save money on groceries; it is worth it to look at the real cost to your health over time.

How much is your energy level worth to you? Many people place a high enough value to buy energy drinks and drink them. The industry is right at a four-billion-dollar per year business.

I think many of the people who are buying these energy drinks are not thinking about the long term effect that it can have on them, but I do believe it is an indicator of how important people value feeling energetic.

This idea also applies to the energy bars and the protein bars that are in the market place to satisfy the cravings that people have. Many of these cravings is coming from a poor dietary choice and the effects of the poor nutritional value in the food.

Junk Food

One of the first changes that I made when starting the switch over to a healthier lifestyle was removing all the fast food and the restaurant food from my diet.

When doing this, I reverted to using protein bars (that passed the carbohydrate balance test), and it was very effective at helping to curve the cravings and to control the hunger pains.

The natural progression when pursuing a healthier diet is to start learning how to eat more unprocessed foods and more fresh vegetables and fruits.

That brings me to my current position of removing the protein bars from my diet. This process is just as much of an adjustment as cutting the junk food out of the meal plan was in the beginning.

Ways to Cut the Cravings

The protein bars typically have chocolate in them and that help to satisfy the cravings for chocolate. It is a test of the discipline to stick to the plan, and the best way that I can battle these cravings is to eat a little dark chocolate in a homemade protein snack.

Just knowing that it is coming at the end of the day makes it easier to keep telling myself to stick to the plan. It is so essential to keep you why at the forefront of your mind during these times.

Other ways to curve the cravings is to eat something close to the flavor that you are craving. Or research the reason you are having the desire and replace the vitamin or mineral that you may be lacking with a good supplement.

Cut the Cravings

Personally, most people that I observe are fighting cravings that are triggered by an emotional response verse a dietary need. Either way finding a healthier alternative is the best option to pursue.

Can Certain Foods Cause Anxiety

Certain foods can cause anxiety for many people; especially when faced with giving them up. It may be something that is not necessarily a bad food, but something that you think is not the best choice and you want to give it up to see if it helps with your health goals.

The protein bars are a source of this type of anxiety for myself, and it is funny because I still think of them as a better alternative to the candy bars if the ratios are proper and that add up to a zero net carb count.

Everyone will have different triggers for this kind of mental struggle; sticking to your program is the key to finding out if it is working for you.

Sometimes it is just that simple to remind ourselves of what we are doing. It can be easier to eat the things we know are bad for us.

Protein Bar

If you get into the habit of giving in to the temptation; that is somewhat of a slippery slope, and we can easily deceive yourself and never be able, to be honest with yourself either.

Conclusion

Finding the right mixture of foods and drinks that you can live with is going to take some trial and error. Once you start a program the only way to see if it is working, to be honest with yourself and be patient in looking for the results.

It takes months for the small lifestyle changes to take effect and start seeing the results. Many times we get impatient and give up. Remind your self of the goal and the consequences of not following through with the plan.

Cut out all the junk food and look for healthier options. Constant improvement is something to keep in your mind. Make the small changes that you are sure you can stick with and when you get a stronger take on more difficult challenges.

Thank you for stopping by and reading this article, and I hope that it helps to motivate you to strive a little-bit more towards your goals.

Please share your thoughts on the subject and add your comments, opinions, question in the comment section below.

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22 thoughts on “Diet Foods to Lose Weight

  1. Great post here! I just realized that the Keto diet could negatively affect people with Type 2 Diabetes. I should add this information in my writings about the Keto diet. Keto diet aside, I am one of the people who are usually hard to change a dietary habit.

    I remember taking commercial chocolate every day because I thought it would do more good for my body. After I found that dark chocolate is the healthier one, I need around months to switch this habit 🙁 I think I need to work with my diet motivation. Thanks for your article.

    1. I know what you mean on changing dietary habits; it is challenging for many people to make lasting changes to their diets. The best thing that I have found for myself is the lifestyle approach, meaning focus on things that you can comfortably do. Once the behavior is the new normal; then take another small step in the right direction.

  2. Hi Chad

    Great article. All excellent advice and the particular note about Type 2 diabetics is critical.

    I think the general philosophy of a ketosis diet is sound. I think it needs to be tailored to your specific body. Everyone will respond differently and everybody must be treated uniquely. I think a lot of people (I know several) that rely entirely on their doctors to ‘guide’ them.

    People need to act, and primary participants in their health. I don’t think many realize the doctors are not entirely focused on you. It’s like being a guinea pig with no one supervising the testing. 🙂

    Have you seen the Youtube video of the couple that ultimately gave up sugar? Have a look, fascinating.

    Cheers,

    Dave 

    1. Everybody has their own particular needs, and I agree with you that they must find what works for them. With so many diet philosophies to choose from it is hard to come up with the right selection the first time. Giving up sugar can be harder than most people give it credit.

  3. Good evening I love the information that you have also offered I love the way that you have used a no-nonsense approach being in the health field. I agree with you altogether.

    Lifestyle is one of the number one ingredients that you must have for the ability to lose the weight that you want to lose permanently also combining with exercise and lots of water. You’re going to increase your probability of life living longer.

    I would visit your website once again you are very informative with the evidence that is needed for anyone to understand the importance of the right foods to be successful in the challenge good health and to lose weight once again thank you for such an outrageously beautiful approach. May good health always be with you

    1. Lifestyle is something that has always been a goal and always seems to be to the first thing to slip away from your grasp when the pressures of life increase. Thank for sharing your thoughts on the lifestyle and the role it played in being healthy. 

  4. Great post and very informative. There is a lot of information that you have listed, and it is, in my opinion, precious. About eating right and being able to feel healthy resides to feeling better and energetic. 

    That is the absolute truth too. I do think that a lot of people does not even realize that energy drinks are not suitable for them in the long run. What would you recommend as an alternative for that?

    Thanks for the informative information as well.

    Cheers,

    George

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read the post and gad that you got some helpful information from it; some healthy energy drinks are all natural and do not have adverse side effects.

  5. Excellent article with excellent advice about making small, healthier choices for a more successful dieting plan. Cutting out fast food, even if you don’t improve your cooking habits, had to be more robust than trying to go vegan and failing on day three and going back to your old habits.

    That said, it’s interesting that you mentioned the keto diet because it completely changed a friend’s life, for the better. She’s entirely off the insulin and no longer has sugar even in her blood work now, not even prediabetes blood work. I’m not sure what type she has though. That said, she says she feels great, and the weight loss was a bonus not her goal.

    I have been trying to make ‘healthier’ choices, but as I don’t have much health problems a change in diet can help, I’m finding it hard to convince myself to stop buying coffees at Starbucks. My blood pressure is perfect; I’m not overweight, I don’t have diabetes, everything is pretty good, which is funny because I have horrible food habits. I do have arthritis in my back and bad anxiety.

    I’m trying to convince myself to cut out coffee again except first thing in the morning. Caffeine is bad for anxiety. You’ve given me a small way to feel like I’m not failing, so thank you!

    1. You bring up a high point on the keto diet, it is a good option for some people, and many people have excellent results. I have a friend who lost 50 pounds last year on the keto diet and has kept it off this year.

      It was because of him that I started researching it for myself and learned about the risk for people with diabetes. Because of my work life, I cannot guarantee that my diet versus energy expenditures are going to be in the right balance for the keto ratios to be correct.

      Healthier eating habits make you feel better and can help with the anxiety that you experienced. 

  6. This post speaks to me, as I’ve wanted to lose some weight for a long time. My problem is just that I love food more than I probably should, lol. I like how you suggest that it’s better to do it as a lifestyle change, though. 

    When you’re just “dieting,” there’s a tendency to watch to see if it’s working, which at the first sign that it isn’t, is conveniently followed by quitting.

    Never mind that there may be a good reason why it’s not working that we’re not willing to acknowledge. You make some interesting points here, especially where it concerns junk food and foods that cause anxiety. Thanks so much for sharing! I’ll be coming back to this.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment on the topic and glad that you got some useful information from the post. Making up your mind to commit to the lifestyle change is the hardest part after a few months it gets easier to keep going and believe more in your ability to continue.

  7. Great informative post! I didn’t know keto was terrible for people with diabetes! I have a sweet tooth, and I keep wondering why. I started keto six months ago, and never had a problem cutting out the bread, pasta, chips, etc. But cookies, chocolate, brownies, are a significant weakness. I also quit drinking at the same time, do you think that might be the problem?

    1. Alcohol is full of sugar, and your body can have a harder time getting off the sugar that the effects of the drinking on your mind. I have always craved the sweets and found that harder to quit that it was to quit smoking. Good luck with cutting the sugar intake. 

  8. Hello, I appreciate your time and effort to writing about diet foods to lose weight.

    From your post, it’s evident that eating natural and unprocessed foods is the way to go. One of the issues I have is that I am currently addicted to fast food, due to the emergence of food delivery services like DoorDash it is so easy nowadays to have a 5,000 calorie meal delivered to you with a click of a button.

    I’m not against having a high carb high-fat treat once in a while, so in the end, perhaps moderation is the key to success. Thanks for the article.

    1. Getting off the fast food is a hard decision and took about three months before my will power really could take a break because my urges had subsided. But, after changing the view of fast food in my mind at now, it is not as much of a temptation as it was in the beginning. 

  9. WOW – a ton of great information. I have lost 100lbs and have kept it off for 20 years and I can agree with this article in so many ways. I love the focus you place on the change being a lifestyle adjustment and anything less will merely cause a yo-yo type pattern.

    You mention determination as well, which is a massive part of it. It’s a lot of work at first, and the changes can be severe, BUT you’re either growing in a right direction or an unhealthy one – every day, every meal, is an opportunity to step in the direction you want. I enjoyed your article. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for sharing your story and reminding us that we are changing in the positive or negative direction whether we want to or not! It is up to us to choose to take the actions that we need to do to make positive changes in our lives.

  10. Eating in a balanced way and thinking about health rather than your weight is the way to go if you want to lose weight and maintain it over the long term. Cutting out all processed foods including so-called ‘health foods’ like the protein bars you mention is essential.

    Many contain a lot of empty calories wrapped up in good marketing to fool you into thinking they are good for you when they’re not, as you rightly point out. I didn’t know keto dieting could be detrimental to people with diabetes; another reason to steer clear of any new fad diets that appear. Thanks for pointing this out. 

    1. Good point about the empty calories in the protein bars that is one of the reason’s to look closely at your food choices to see how much bang for your buck you are getting for the food. Many time we are focusing on the wrong things without knowing any better.

  11. I loved reading about your thoughts on the keto diet. I was quite surprised to learn of the dangers for those with type 2 diabetes, that would be at risk of diabetic ketoacidosis. I have been considering a keto diet myself, but even though I am not diabetic, I feel that there are probably risks. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for your comments and you are another risk from the keto diets with high fats over long periods can contribute to plugging the arteries and all the other cardiovascular problems associated.

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