Eat more in the new year for a new you

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 2:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 2:19 p.m.

Now that the holiday grind has subsided and our willpower is back in tact, most of us have probably resolved to get fit and firm for the New Year. Getting in shape is not as simple as just exercising. If that were true everyone at the gym would look and feel fantastic. Shaping and toning the body is much more complicated for most of us than you might think. So to help you with your New Year's journey, keeping in mind that losing weight is a process that requires consistency and commitment, I will give you some simple nutritional tips to help pave the way to aesthetic bliss.

First, do not diet! I know this sounds crazy, but dieting doesn't work. Diets, because of their calorie-cutting nature, commonly result in an increased quantity of lipogenic (fat storing) enzymes. An increased quantity of these enzymes can reduce the quantity of the lipolytic (fat burning) enzymes, making body fat difficult to lose. This increases the size of fat cells, decreases lean body mass, and decreases basal metabolic rate.

A reduced metabolism throws the body into starvation mode. Making it advantageous to eat frequently. Eating several times throughout the day deters the body from storing food as fat and provides more readily available forms of energy, assuming of course that you are exercising regularly. Also, try eating your biggest meals early in the day. Eating like a bird all day long and going home to a lion's dinner in the evening is a surefire way to store fat.

While changing when you eat is a step in the right direction, what you eat is even more important. Eating high-quality, whole-foods is a powerful instrument in becoming a healthier person. It's one thing to look good; it's another thing to feel good.

A diet dominated by processed, refined, and low quality food will ultimately result in poor energy, disrupted digestion, and a compromised immune system. Let's face it; no one feeling fatigued, constipated, and/or sick will ever want to go the gym. A diet of whole foods consists of high quality meat products, vegetables, grains (preferably sprouted), and fruits. Just remember, it takes life to give life.

Processed foods are cheap, synthetic, and provide little in the way of nutrition. Furthermore, they are latent with chemical toxins that overwork your liver and detoxification systems. The fat cells in your body are a major storage site for toxins. The more toxic your diet, the bigger and more abundant your fat cells become. Finding the time to plan and prepare meals consisting of whole-foods will be difficult at first, but well worth the investment.

Finally, there are no short cuts to achieving the body you desire. In other words, don't waste your time searching for magic pills or dietary secrets promising dramatic weight loss or a slimmer waist. Recent popular books that urge specific diets for blood type, acid-alkaline balance, and food combining are shortsighted and ineffective.

Diet systems that emphasize high quality foods and proper preparation techniques have better chances for long-term success than those that assign the earth's entire population to one of four food lists - especially when those lists include questionable foods like soy and exclude nourishing fats like coconut oil.

Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions unites the wisdom of the ancients with the latest independent and accurate scientific research in food preparation. The revised and updated Second Edition contains over 700 recipes that are sure to please both exacting gourmets and busy parents. Other resources that are full of valuable information on nutrition and lifestyle are The Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott,, and Good luck and be healthy.

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