July 25, 2008

Her Diet is Not Just About Weight Loss

So I hope you all read the latest news about how healthy diets were shown to have benefits despite modest weight loss.

Because that's my story _ healthy but little weight loss.

So far, in this five-month effort, I've dropped about 12 { pounds. Guess I shouldn't complain. That's half-way to my 25-pound goal.

My doctor tells me I'm doing great. Personally, I'm pleased that I've managed to keep it off despite two vacations and lots of restaurant meals.

Right now, with a cast on my left hand, I can't do my water exercise, which limits my efforts to burn up calories. Not to mention my enthusiasm for typing any long prose pieces.

But at least I feel I'm getting some bang for my bluster.

If I went on a liquid diet or some other "popular" approach, I might be losing more _ but I think I would gain it right back. In fact, experience tells me I would.

Here's what I have to report about diets:

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study on three types of diets _ and determined it's just difficult to lose weight, and besides diets basically don't work.

The researchers followed 322 dieters on one of three plans:

_The American Heart Assn. approach of 30 percent fat in the diet

_A Mediterranean diet

_A low-carb Atkins-style diet

The result?

All dieters lost about 10-14 pounds initially then gained some back.

The Mediterranean and low-carb dieters lost about 14 pounds over two years; the low-fat dieters about 10.

But cholesterol and other health markers had improved.

So there are benefits to watching what we eat that may mean more than weight loss as we age.

The big thing cut from all these diets was sugar.

Moral of the story is _ it's good to have a plan or a roadmap for your diet but don't expect miracles.

Unless, of course, you're an emotional eater.

If you are overeating and constantly making poor food choices, Barbara Denny is ready to help.

She's a licensed psychologist, hypnotherapist and university professor. For more than 20 years, she's made the connection between emotions and eating her special territory.

She calls her program the Silhouettes Weight Controlprogram.

Tune in next week!

And check out our recipe of the week at WomanSage.org.


(Jane Glenn Haas writes for The Orange County (Calif.) Register. E-mail her at [email protected])


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