The Power of Your Metabolism - Contradictions
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Chapter: A Huge Problem
DIETS, THE KINGDOM OF CONTRADICTIONS
There are topics that are controversial by nature. Subjects like politics and religion. But the subject of diets, besides being controversial, is full of contradictions. The contradictions between different diets go from eating a lot of fat, a lot of protein , and almost no amount of carbohydrates (Atkins diet), to the recommendation of exactly the opposite, eating no fat, little or no protein, and tons of carbohydrates (Pritikin diet). As a result, the public is generally in a state of confusion on the topic of diets.
The reality is that when a person goes to a bookstore with the hope of finding a book on dieting, they find themselves completely confused because of the never-ending variety of diets that exist today. Every one of the books claims to have “the best diet”. Many of the books are written by people with degrees in medicine, nutrition, physics, or chemistry. They all recommend some sort of diet that will solve everything for the person who wants to lose weight. There are approaches as varied as controlling calories, reducing fat consumption, vegetarianism, fruit juice diets, diets to eliminate dairy products or wheat, diets of consuming only organic or natural products, and a thousand others. In the end: confusion.
Then, there are the most well-known diets: “Atkins Diet”, “Scarsdale Diet”, “Pritikin Diet”, “South Beach Diet”, “Sugar Busters Diet”, “Caveman Diet”, and the list continues; it is never-ending.
In my search to find which diet worked the best for me to lose weight, I think I tried practically all of them. I found that the diet that made me lose weight the best was that of Doctor Atkins, who has a diet low in carbohydrates. But I noticed that this diet made me horribly weak. I even got sick. I finally came to the conclusion that it is an extreme diet and you can’t use it as a “way of life” because it is too limited in the selection of foods and it uses too many red meats and bacon that aren’t necessarily the best type of nutrients for the body.
Searching for alternatives, I was interested to find that the people from the Mediterranean Sea statistically have the least cases of obesity and heart problems. This got me thinking that I should see what type of food they eat in the Mediterranean . I also observed that the Mediterranean Diet lets you eat everything without abusing refined carbohydrates like bread, rice and sugar. In the Mediterranean they eat a lot of fish and seafood, a lot of salad and hard textured kind of bread that is very rich in fiber. They drink wine, eat cheese every day, and use hams like “prosciutto”, a type of sliced ham. In this area the people don’t use huge quantities of sugar. In these countries they enjoy butter and practically everyone cooks with olive oil. I figured I could learn from them.
I was experimenting with different food proportions and found that if you reduce refined carbohydrates (bread, flour, rice, potatoes, grits, sweets, sugars, etc.) you can lose weight without needing to eliminate carbohydrates completely. I realized that it was really a question of the QUALITY of the carbohydrates than the quantity of them. I found that if I reduced the industrial oils, like corn and vegetable oil, and substituted them with olive oil, I could lose weight. Eating vegetables and salads also turned out to be of help. I found that a moderate diet with a reduction of refined carbohydrates, accompanied by good proteins (chicken, turkey, fish and seafood) and a lot of water, produced a significant feeling of well-being.
Afterwards, when I created Natural Slim™, I applied this knowledge and began to see impressive results in people that were eating this way. Person after person was losing their fat and they always had more energy without experiencing hunger or cravings.
So the basic concept of a Mediterranean Diet was what worked for thousands and thousands of people. Good proteins (meat, fish, seafood, whey protein), vegetables, salads, cheese, eggs, and a minimum of bread, flour, rice, starches (potato, sweet potato, tapioca, etc.) and very little sugar. I discovered that we didn’t have to have any “prohibitions”. It is a matter of reducing those foods that decrease the metabolism and, additionally, makes us fat: refined carbohydrates.
1 The "Mediterranean" refers to the area where the "Mediterranean" where we find countries like Italy, Greece, Israel and Egypt.