The most important reason for all of us to strive for a healthy weight is to live as long and as healthy a life as possible. While it is nice to look good in a bathing suit, we at the Weight Loss Counter Revolution are primarily concerned with your health. With that said, we have to define what a healthy weight is.
I have recently read a weight loss related article in the New York Times by Mark Bittman called “Is a Calorie a Calorie?“. It describes a book called “Why Calories Count” by Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim, two professors of nutrition. It talks about the complexities of diet and nutrition in achieving weight loss from the individual all the way up to a national/political level. It speaks about how diet is much more complicated than just controlling calories. The types of food we eat is important in determining weight loss as well.
One of the hardest parts about losing weight is that we and our fellow human beings are notoriously inaccurate at estimating how many calories we consume or burn. One of the reasons that we have such difficulties is that the same foods we consume today are significantly higher in calories than they used to be.
So I was strolling through the bookstore with my wife and I decided to peruse the diet and weight loss books to see what they were offering. It didn’t take long to get hit in the face with a ubiquitous pattern. Most of these books or diet plans advocate using diet to remove ‘toxins’ from your body. These ‘toxins’ are claimed to be the source of just about every problem you have.