Update 1x: This is for clarification. I'm not saying that if you follow this advice, you will lose weight. I'm saying that if you don't follow this, you will most likely have a weight problem at some point in your life or some serious health problems. Your body type requires certain nutrients which are unique to you. This is about beginning to understand your body's signals to make it easier to lose weight and keep it off. (Believe it or not, your fingernails can be a clue.)
Weight loss is complicated. It's not simply "exercise more and you will lose weight." Also, it's not true that overweight and obese people always overeat. One can under eat and become overweight because the body is hoarding calories due to it thinking it is starving. Too much stress can cause weight gain. Eating the wrong foods, eating or not eating at the certain times, nutritional deficiencies, and many more things can all cause weight gain or a plateau of weight loss.
I'm not knocking anyone's choice of weight loss. I, however, have grave concerns about weight-loss surgery. This is a huge business with plenty of profits. If any part of the stomach is removed, that lessens the amount of hormones that are secreted. This reduction damages the homeostasis of the body, the body's ability to physiologically regulate its response to fluctuations within it. There are no 30- to 40-year studies that I've seen to show how safe this is in the long term.
This diary isn't just about weight loss. This is about maintaining a healthy weight at whatever stage of life you are in. My heart, though, goes out to the weight loss group, so I created this for this group before I realized there were other health and fitness groups out there. Hopefully, it's OK to cross post to multiple groups with health and fitness in mind.
Please, please, please don't resort to weight loss surgery. I was reading someone's diary about this. My heart goes out to you and is in great pain. Not only is this dangerous in the short run, but the stomach, as scientists are just recently learning, does a lot more than just digest food. It actually secretes hormones, which will be destroyed by surgery. This will damage your body in the long run whether you lose weight or not.
I research nutrition, and I've also lost 60 pounds. The funny thing was that I had been considering for several weeks whether I should start a nutrition section because "conventional wisdom" about nutrition is wrong, and I want to help people learn the facts and become more fit. This consideration took a different turn when about an hour ago I read chicagobama's diary "What I've learned on this weight loss journey" and realized there already is at least one group here: weight loss.
First, I want to say that I'm really proud of chicagobama for an amazing weight loss (and proud of all the other commenters who have lost weight). You rock! Second, if you haven't lost weight or are stuck, I hope to provide some information that may help you. Third, I agree with almost everything chicagobama says in the diary, except the part about hunger.
If you can't go 5 to 6 hours between meals without being hungry, unless you have certain problems like diabetes, you most likely are not eating the right foods for their nutritional type. You need to adjust the amount of carbs, protein, and fats you are eating. There is actually a survey to take to determine this, but I figured out what I should be eating by keeping a food diary and making observations. (I wish I had found this questionnaire years ago.)
What Is Nutritional Typing?
Nutritional typing is determining whether a person's body does better on higher carbs, higher protein, or a mix. This is a continuum, and everybody has unique needs. I have a nutrition and fitness blog where I talk about these issues and others. In fact, back in August 22, 2010, I wrote an article on my blog titled "The Evolution of My Eating Plan to More of a Natural Diet." While I hadn't heard the specific term "nutritional typing" at the time, I was trying to determine just that over the period of a year.
Nutritional Typing Questionnaire
Dr. Mercola, who is a holistic physician, developed a questionnaire to determine one's nutritional type. The multiple choice questionnaire requires some thought about what satisfies your hunger at each meal and how a certain meal might leave you needing a snack later in the day, which could possibly suggest that you didn’t properly nourish your body’s particular needs during the main meal. You may, in fact, need to make some of the meals listed in the questionnaire and keep a diary of how you feel and if you get hungry between meals to know how to answer the questions. But this is a worthwhile endeavor. Knowing how your body reacts to protein, carbs, and fats is essential to maintaining weight and good health; no one-size-fits-all eating plan exists.
The first time I took the questionnaire, it gave me a result of "mixed type." This was surprising since my own observations showed my body required more protein and fat with lower carbs. Therefore, I figured I was on the borderline between mixed type and protein type. That I could believe! This illustrates the limitation of this questionnaire because it doesn’t provide a continuum score of where in the mixed type group I fell. Also, of course, the questionnaire results are only as good as my answers, which were not necessarily quite correct.
After several days of thinking about the questionnaire questions, I took the nutritional typing questionnaire again with the result of "protein type." My body does require a good mix of meat, fat, and vegetables, which I knew, and the foods need to be low in starch. (Months ago I, for the most part, eliminated grains, legumes, and potatoes of all types, and bananas for reasons I detail on my blog, CountdownToFitness.com.)
After answering the questionnaire and getting the results, you can download a very nice document, which outlines the three types (carb, mixed, and protein), shows the types of foods you should eat, and gives tips for each type along with meal plans.
Determine your nutritional type. It’s well worth knowing what your body’s needs are. Start the questionnaire.
By the way, currently, I'm eating 1/3 each of protein, carbs, and fat.