Mar 03 2011

Best Diet in the Universe- The Prime Directive: Graehm Gray

Okay, lets take a step to the side my dieting fans. You have been on the three day diet. From the feedback so far, most have felt good and feel thinner. There may not be a large amount of weight dropped in these first three days, but your body is getting adjusted to the new eating pattern. Its an adjustment in your stomachs digestion mechanics and an alteration in your metabolism. We’ re trying to switch on the fat burning part of your internal engine. And we are starting its burning at a slow level. Most low carb (and zero carb) diets are dramatic in the first few weeks.  I have been on plans where you are not allowed to have any carbohydrates for two weeks. Wow, that’s strict. Yep! And yes, you lose a good amount of weight, but it gets put back when you start eating carbs again. The Best Diet In The Universe, adjusts your body’s metabolism slowly so you are able to eat carbs all the way through from the first few days and continue through maintenance. After all, most diets have several stages: a strict phase one, followed by a less strict phase two followed by a maintenance phase three and four. As I mentioned previously, you can lose weight on any diet you follow. It’s the re-gaining that’s the problem. I was watching the Today Show this morning and they had on a guest named Ruby Gettinger that had lost over 400 pounds from an initial weight of over 700 pounds. That’s great. The problem was that she put it back on! Not back to her original weight, but close. Why? She said that she had an emotional issue and started to eat all of the fat free and sugar free foods. Yes, those foods may be lower in fat and sugar, but they still have calories and some have even more than their regular full-fat and sugar varieties. So she was able to lose the weight, but fell into the common category of regaining.    

The Prime Directive:

The Best Diet In The Universe (a.k.a. The BDITU), like Star Trek has a Prime Directive (PD)-kind of like a declaration of principles: eating healthy,  lowering your calorie count (that means eat less) and exercise are components of the PD. Other parts of this PD include lowering your salt intake; cutting out all of the trans fats and most of the saturated fats in the diet; substituting more plant and fish foods (that means adding more mono and polyunsaturated fats), eating more whole grain products ( complex carbohydrates and fiber)and lowering the amount of processed and refined  sugars consumed. Drinking lots of water to keep hydrated, eating low fat dairy (from zero on the low end up to  2% products like yogurts and other milk products) and increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables round out the components of the PD. This strategy is not essentially new-it dates back to the 1800’s with Banting’s Diet when medical experts who were consulted for obesity and weight gain realized that it was the sugars and starches that were problem and not the fats and proteins.  Exercising everyday should be a major piece of the daily routine. As we age, our metabolism slows. That’s right, it slows way down. And you will notice it as soon as you hit that certain age when you start to see a belly forming around your waist line and wonder how it got there. No magic. It happened because you kept eating the same amount of food. Food composed of lots of starchy, sugary, refined carbohydrates. Maybe you were even exercising, but your metabolism slowed down so that your calorie burning action was overwhelmed by your calorie intake. That’s why many fitness experts will tell you that to maintain your weight as we get older, you must exercise longer and more efficiently (that’s diplomatic for harder). In fact what used to be a 30 minute per day recommendation of exercise for all people, has been morphed into a 60 minute recommendation. And to attempt to lose weight, one needs to cross that 60 minute barrier and head toward 90 minutes. What! Who has 90 minutes in a day to devote to exercise? Not many of us. So let’s agree to “pump it up” and super energize our present fitness sessions and try to add more minutes slowly. Maybe our bosses will allow us to leave early if we tell them we are going to go for a work out. Never know-with increased governmental scrutiny around the corner, this explanation may work! In the meantime we have to look for another solution.  

That’s where the Best Diet in The Universe comes in to play: cut back on the starch, sugar and refined carbohydrates. Eat more fish and plant foods. Cut back on the oversized meals.

My friends, there is a solution, there is help. Its here-BDITU!

Stay fit and healthy The Nerdel Way.  


A. Physical Activity Guidelines: please visit The American College of Sports Medicine 

B. The Best Diet In The Universe-Day One






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