It’s fairly safe to say that most of us are either on a diet or should be. As a nation, those in the U.S. are overweight, and many of us are obese. This is a serious threat to our health, our future and our national security. The time to do something about it is now, but we have to do it smartly, not spur of the moment or uninformed.
There are problems with most diets. The biggest one is in the word itself. To be on a diet means that at some point, you plan on getting off of it. Even if you successfully lose all the weight you want, once you go back off of the diet, you are likely to gain it all back. What is really needed is a change in lifestyle, not just temporarily avoiding certain foods.
Avoiding Food Type Diets
I have a list of diets that have been used over the years. Some of them are still around, largely because they can be effective. That does not mean they are safe or even good for every person.
Grapefruit: This weight loss plan came out when I was in high school. It took the community by storm, and it sold a lot of citrus fruits. As it was winter in West Virginia, it also lightened a number of wallets, as the fruit had to be imported from warmer climes.
There are a lot of plans like it. The idea is to concentrate all of your eating habits around a single or very limited type of food. The problem with that is a lack of balance. We need diversity in our eating habits, and that’s hard to do when there’s only a few things you’re allowed to eat.