Once this Stay-at-Home phase is over, many of us are going to be frustrated with any weight gains from our housebound time. So I know that it will be tempting to look at diet plans as a quick and easy way to lose that extra padding. But is a quick weight loss plan really the best idea? Let’s look at this logically.
After this very stressful ordeal, our bodies are going to be drained! In fact, worry and fear reduce our immune system function. So we’ve got to be careful to boost our systems before we push the limits with diet and exercise. Think in terms of phases. We need a recuperation phase. This would focus on the boosting immune system. One step could be in increasing our intake (if it is usually too low) of vitamins D, C, and A. Best foods for these lovely vitamins would be oily fish, mushrooms, and egg yolks (vitamin D – Best source is the sun). For vitamin A, try to consume liver from clean sources, fish, cheeses, butter, dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, sweet potatoes, sweet bell peppers, etc. Vitamin C can be found in all of the above fruits and veggies as well as in citrus fruits and strawberries. This is a short and by no means exhaustive list of foods. But it will hopefully give a starting point.
If you haven’t been moving, then it’s a great time to start. Walking, workout videos, yoga routines, swimming if you have water available are all great options. We also want to make sure that we’re getting enough sleep and fluids.
Did you notice that you could already be doing a recuperation phase even though you may be housebound? So why not start out now?
What not to do is go on a Fad Diet!!
We’ve all tried them with little to no success. But before we talk about the positives and the negatives, let’s actually define a fad diet. During my research I found many definitions out there, but they all say basically the same thing:
“A fad diet is a stylish weight-loss plan that promises dramatic results. Typically these diets are not healthy and don’t result in long-term weight loss. In fact, some diets actually can be dangerous to your health.” Familydoctor.org
A few examples of such diets are: the South Beach Diet, the Zone Diet, the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Alkaline Diet, the Atkins Diet, and the Dukan diet. Each of these promise quick results and huge weight loss. They do vary on the extreme measures that the dieter must go through to stay on the diet. But they do not have long-term research to back up their nutritive claims. They also don’t take into account the personal needs of the dieter. Most importantly, they can easily lead to nutritional deficiencies.
So let’s walk through one, we’ll just pick the Paleo Diet as an example. When you start it you may feel much more energized, and for those that don’t like bread and dairy products it can be an easy diet to follow. However, according to an Australian study at Edith Cowen University, more than one in five women experienced diarrhea while none of the control group (eating the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating diet) had any issues. There were also higher rates of fatigue and trouble sleeping in the Paleo group.
The researchers concluded that the lack of fiber was causing the digestive problems. The sleeping issues were likely brought on by the lack of dairy, a source of tryptophan which increases the sleep-inducing melatonin and seratonin.
And lastly, more than half of the Paleo group reported an increase in their grocery costs!!! For further reading, check out the full article.
“The long-term side effects of Paleo explored” FitnessFirstmag www.ffmag.com
We could go through the whole list of fad diets and find similar information about each one, because they are based on quick results rather than lifestyle changes. Here at Santé, we don’t recommend any diet plan because everyone’s needs are different. Health is never a one-size fits all. We work individually to find the diet and exercise regimens that work for you!