Hi, Fran Sussman here, from your Holistic Outlook column in the Times Herald Record, and Sussman Holistic Services, with more tips for Your Best Health.
I see clients every day in my office who feel so virtuous when they just have a little salad, or salad with a bit of chicken breast, for their meals, in hopes of losing weight. Maybe a squeeze of lemon juice for flavor. It’s the perfect diet meal, right?
Except it usually doesn’t work, and they don’t understand why.
Let me explain.
First of all, diet is a four letter word in my book. I define a diet as “something you suffer through for as short a time as possible, until you give up and go back to what you were doing before you started.” (to read the full article, a previous Holistic Outlook column, click here).
But even if you could stick to it, chances are that your salad diet won’t work, or certainly not for long, and it isn’t even good for your health.
You need carbs!
When carbs are too low you feel cranky, hungry and deprived, which sets you up to boomerang right out of your good intentions. And low/no carbs gets you off-track hormonally and metabolically.
What you don’t need is carbs in the form of processed and refined foods, junk foods, sugars and alcohol. Complex carbs from “real foods,” such as vegetables – and once a day a little bit of fruit - should be included in every meal and snack — that is, every time you eat.
Combining protein, healthy fats and some complex carbs from real food? That gives you perfect metabolic balance and a recipe for healthy weight loss.