November 21, 2012 by Johanna Burani
We Americans are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. This is when we commemorate the Pilgrims’ gratitude for surviving their first year in the New World. Many died, weakened by disease and chronic lack of food. The strong ones planted crops, harvested them and then celebrated their good fortune. Some records say the Pilgrims and their Indian neighbors eat and drank in abundance (for them) for three solid days!
We will all be overeating on Thanksgiving too. But, sadly, overeating is a daily occurrence for many people. We all know the obesity statistics and the connection to consistent overconsumption of calories is direct and unquestionable.
A recent survey conducted by Slimsticks, a weight loss firm, found that approximately 28% of young people try a new diet program every month in a desperate attempt to lose at least some of the extra pounds and 45% of them give it up after just one week. These numbers coincide with the 48.9% of all dieters who also give up their latest diet approach after one month.
Because diets don’t work. Here are two reasons why:
- the changes being made (no more ice cream – ever, no more pasta, or bread or chocolate or desserts – ever) are not reasonable or sustainable. These are not behavioral changes, they’re dietary changes: You go on a diet – you lose weight – and you go off the diet and magically keep the weight off. It never happens this way, does it?
- cutting back on calories leaves you feeling hungry. It’s hard to cut calories when you are hungry and dreaming about a bagel.
Enter low glycemic index carbohydrates. They keep you feeling fuller longer. No hunger. No cravings. And no diet. Switch your kaiser roll for rye bread, don’t overcook your pasta, opt for sweet potatoes over mashed white potatoes, snack on nuts instead of rice cakes or popcorn. You’ll feel fuller longer. You won’t be hungry or have cravings. And you won’t be on a diet.
Try it and see for yourself.