My weight loss journey began when I was about 12 years old. Yep. It makes me sad to think that as a pre-teenager that’s what was on my mind. But I have a feeling I am not alone in this story. The trend of dieting continued into my 20s and 30s, and I read every magazine article and book that caught my eye trying to get a handle on things.

Weight Loss Seems Confusing

It was very confusing to know what to eat. Different books provide different recommendations. We are bombarded by mouth-watering television ads tempting us to eat things we may not even be contemplating.

We attend office meetings that are accompanied by trays of tantalizing croissants and doughnuts. Restaurants offer the ability to super-size meals and purchase add-ons we don’t even need, leaving us with the lingering question – should I?

The cues to eat are everywhere and they are constant. They bribe us to eat when we may not even be hungry and tempt us to eat more than our body often requires. It’s tough enough for the brain to constantly manage food cues, but it also has to wade through a myriad of dietary practices, advice, theories and ideas presented by mainstream nutritionists and even physicians.

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Foods become defined as “good” and “bad” by the experts. Often times, the delectable desserts we have grown to enjoy, saturated fats and even red meat often land on the naughty list.

The “Fat” Phobia

In the early 1970s, Dr. Atkins began working towards eliminating the “fat phobia” we have developed in the United States, and recommended embracing fat and protein in his book, “Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution”. Other notable authors, such as Gary Taubes and Dr. Jason Fung, also explore how the “fat phobia” has affected our food choices and may actually be contributing to an unhealthy society.

Some experts may even recommend changing one’s entire eating lifestyle, such as abandoning the consumption of dairy and meat in favor of a vegan or vegetarian diet, as cited in “The China Study”. (To be clear, whatever choices you make don’t need to be explained to anyone.)

With this abundant information, which choices should individuals make about what to eat on a daily basis?

Having been overweight since I was a child and obese as an adolescent, I was at a loss as to what I should do about the food habits I had adopted. Which foods should I now eat? Whose advice should I follow? (You can read more about my journey here.)

By the time I was 30 years old, I had read all of the mainstream “diet” and nutrition books that had been published. Everyone claimed to have the answer – the food plan that worked. So, why are many of us still overweight?

I am sure you will agree that there is no shortage of information, but given all of the expert opinions, many of us have developed phobias around certain macronutrients, like carbohydrates or fat. It isn’t always easy to parse though the wide range of opinions from all of the experts, but I’ll guarantee you that your body has more knowledge than all of them put together!

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Certainly the responsibility lies with each of us to be accountable for our food intake. We should also be willing to invest time in our own health journey and be willing to find something that works for us uniquely, as well as our lifestyles. There is no one-size-fits-all!

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I have spent years sorting out mind-numbing data to find what actually works so you don’t have to. Discovering the “perfect plan for you” is best done by guided trial-and-error, so when you’re ready, take a leap of faith into your future! Do it for you – do it for your health and well-being. I want you to get curious. Begin the adventure you never want to abandon…and don’t look back.

If you are ready to dive deeper and want to know more about crafting your own weight loss strategy, this is where I would start if I were in your physical shoes.

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