I want to lose 10 kilos. I have started the Kellogg's Special K diet wherein I have a bowl of it with milk for breakfast and then for lunch. At dinner, I have normal food. Is this diet effective? I am not an exercise person, which is why I have to try the diet. I am overweight and I need to quickly drop 10 kilos. I need to know whether this diet will work.
Well, I know I'll probably get bashed for this, but grains are NOT the way to go for weight loss. All you are doing with your current diet is reducing your caloric intake. Sure, that will ensure that you will have some calorie deficit but I don't believe that it is the best or healthiest option.
I would highly recommend that you eliminate all processed foods, reduce your sugar intake as much as possible, cut out processed grains (like cereal, breads and pasta) and keep an eye on your calories. If you can't or won't exercise then your diet is your only hope. By cutting out the processed foods, sugar, and processed carbs you are eliminating most food allergens, reducing bloating from excess and hidden sodium, reducing blood sugar which will help stabilize your insulin and allow for more fat to be burned, and you'll eliminate most forms of inflammation. You'll also be eliminating a huge source of excess calories.
This may look like this (adjust for your calorie needs):
2 whole eggs (organic if possible)
3 pieces of bacon
cut up peppers
Spinach salad with assorted veggies, balsamic vinegar and EVOO for dressing, maybe some grilled chicken or tuna on the salad
10-15 blanched almonds or
1/4 sliced avocado or
sliced up veggies or
few pieces of natural beef jerky
Whatever you do, don't believe the FDA-pushed belief that saturated fat in food equals cholesterol in the blood stream. This is a fallacy and every study coming out these days just proves it over and over again. Veggies are your friend, quality meats without hormones or antibiotics, small amounts of grains are okay but I would stick to white rice as the hulls of brown rice are anti-nutrients which cause inflammation and leaky-gut syndrome if eaten too much.
Also, the occasional "intermittent fasting" is a good option to throw in there. 1-2 days a week try to eat all your meals within a 10 hour period, or even 1 day a week when you don't eat at all. During that day you make sure you drink water, I would also recommend coconut water as it has many nutrients that body needs, feel free to have some natural broth, and take a good multivitamin. The day of fasting, or period of fasting, is really about giving your digestive system a rest, allowing it to catch up, shocking the metabolism into thinking it's starving so it begins to burn fat as fuel as you wouldn't have as much glucose in the body to burn as you've eliminated most of that with your diet. I don't recommend doing it more than once a week, though. More is not better with intermittent fasting. It's all about the occasional shock to the system...shock it too much and you'll get results you DON'T want.
I hope this is helpful. I have many resources and recipes I'd be happy to suggest if you are interested.
I won't pretend to be able to tell you what to eat, as the above does, since I don't know you and what foods you digest best. I do know that not being an exercise person is your main problem -- people got to move. Special K, however, isn't a food I'd eat for any reason, or any other supermarket cereal, since it's not made with healthful ingredients, and milk isn't human food. But if it works for you, fine, it's just that you're not getting a balance of nutrients, and the milk is high in calcium but low in magnesium, which will adversely affect your bones. I also notice the above says to eat white rice and beef jerky, which are strange diet foods -- white rice is a simple carb that turns immediately to sugar and then to fat, and beef is an artificial animal bred to be as fat as possible. Buffalo jerky, on the other hand, is leaner than many vegetable foods. But hey, that's just me. I'd just eat a balanced diet of whole foods with lots of veggies and get to be an exercise person.
You won't pretend to tell them what to eat but then you do, just more passively.
Artificial animals? I'm not going to touch that, but I will state that I said natural beef jerky, not chemical laden, force-fed, antibiotic-ridden beef. I was clear in my statement that the meat should be high-quality and without hormones or antibiotics.
Also, white rice is a more tolerable grain than brown rice. I'd rather recommend quinoa, but few are willing to try something like that. White rice is easier to digest, whether it turns to glucose or not, and does not cause the inflammation that brown rice causes. Please notice that I did not recommend eating a lot of it and to eat it with healthy proteins. Just because something has fiber doesn't make it the best choice for you.
Brown rice is much healthier than white rice. Don't know why you think otherwise, though there are as many theories of eating as there are people, I think. Quinoa is fine, though it isn't actually a grain, but it's a wonderful food, but one shouldn't just eat one food. There are many good grains to eat -- millet, teff, amaranth, another non-grain seed buckwheat, spelt, kamut, etc., but in many schools of Oriental medicine short grain brown rice is the center of the universe. As I say, different theories abound. I'm saying I don't care what a person eats as long as it's human food and natural and is well digested by that person and works for that person, because what works for one won't necessarily work for everyone. And what I said about beef being artificial is that it was invented by people -- ever seen a wild cow? Aren't any except ones that escaped from ranches. It was hybridized by people because of its high fat content and pacific nature, probably from some type of buffalo and oxen. Just as there's no wild wheat, that was also created by humans because it was easier to get the husk off of before modern machinery, probably derived from spelt and kamut. That's why these foods are so problematic for so many. But I wouldn't say never eat beef, just wouldn't see it as a food to eat a lot of because no matter how you raise it the fat content is high on purpose, although I agree grass fed beef is better than corn fed. But again, I have no axe to grind, I don't believe in eating by ideology because generalizations usually fall apart when applied to the individual. Peace.
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