Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Keto, intermittent fasting,1200 calorie diet: which is best for weight loss?

Ask anybody which is the best diet for weight loss and you'll get a different answer every time.  High protein, 5:2 diet, intermittent fasting, calorie restricting, Atkins, keto, 1200 calorie diet--yikes, so many choices. If you're trying to lose weight, which should you use? I lost 100 pounds and my answer is, yes. 

Yes, you should follow a diet for weight loss. So we've narrowed that down not at all, you're thinking. Actually, we have. Because the best advice for weight loss is to change something rather than nothing. Obesity comes from eating the same high calorie, sugary, high-carb and high fat foods. To lose weight, I had to shift my eating to a lower, slower gear. 

Just look at the overweight folks on "My 600-lb Life" who have developed lifestyle obesity with chronic overconsumption. The only thing they change is to increase the amount they eat and that's why gastric bypass becomes the inevitable solution. But even with gastric bypass, "My 600-lb Life" patients have to change eating habits and lose weight before they have surgery. 

Gastric bypass surgeon Dr Now of "My 600-lb Life" puts patients on a 1200 calorie diet. That's how I lost 100 pounds, with calorie restricting. But I also used some keto tools, upping protein, fiber and fatty acids to burn fat. And I used the 5:2 diet, a form of intermittent fasting. I also eat high protein Atkins type foods. I'm not hardcore any one diet but rather, I do as Al-Anon says and take what I like and leave the rest. 

Speaking of Al-Anon, a 12-step program is very helpful for dealing with obesity as well as alcoholism. I use Al-Anon slogans (and some I've made up myself, like "mind over platter") with a variety of calorie restricting plans that I change up from time to time. I know, most eating plans like the 1200 calorie diet, keto and intermittent fasting, say that you have to exclusively follow that plan to lose weight. Sorry, but for me, not true. I've always mixed it up and it's how I lost 100 pounds. 

So if you want to lose weight, I say just pick what sounds good and try it for awhile. Oh, that's one thing I forgot to say. I didn't switch it up immediately. You've got to give any diet a month or so, at least, to see results. And only mix it up when it stops working. Blessings and best of British luck on the weight loss, friends! 

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