Our purpose is not to provide an entire weight loss regime, but to help provide support, suggestions, motivation, etc to help you lose on your own.
Nearly all weight loss programs center around counting calories because lowering our calorie intake is what causes weight loss.
If you are truly allergic to gluten or dairy, I can understand eliminating those from your diet, however, if you are doing it only to lose weight, I don't recommend giving up entire food groups. Dairy is very important to a well balanced diet, as are whole grains.
I am not real familiar with this type of diet; however, if you do a search, you should be able to find a variety of websites that can help you.
If you are currently on a program with which you are comfortable, you should be able to lose weight simply by reducing your portion sizes.
Please be aware that there a a variety of exercises that can be done without a lot of physical activity; you might want to check into "chair yoga".
To answer your queries in your reply. I am intolerant to dairy and most cereal products (along with the sugar they produce) and have been advised by a specialist to avoid them due to the upset they cause. I understand fully how certain food groups may help the body as well as irritate it so try to eat as healthily as possible within my limitations. Unhealthy fats and sugar are abundant in bought foods and I have always cooked all my food from scratch with good ingredients omitting all I react badly to and that which is proved unhealthy. I believe it is not only a low calorie intake but what those calories consist of that loses weight. General known 'healthy food regimes' may not suit everybody. Not only do grains and starches stop me from losing weight but they make me ill. Also after a long awaited op on my knee I shall be returning to Tai Chi. However chair yoga might be useful until I recover. Thank you
If certain foods cause "issues" for you, then I would most definitely avoid them. Are you truly "allergic" or intolerant to sugar, or are you diabetic, meaning that you don't produce enough insulin to convert sugar to energy. All foods are eventually turned into sugar in our body; however, some will raise blood sugar much more quickly than others.
I just watched a video this morning that said processed soy may not be good for us either. Have you looked into almond or coconut milk? They might add a bit of "difference" to your diet. Various nut butters can also provide protein and "good" fats.
You are absolutely right, that it's not only a low calorie diet, that counts, but what that diet consists of . The closer to raw, your foods are, the better. I also agree that so-called "healthy regimes" may not suit everyone, but there are foods in almost every food group that can eaten, if one can not tolerate a lot of different foods.
For the most part, you can eat all the fruits and veggies you like; however, keep in mind that most fruits contain a lot of sugar, even though it's "natural". You should make sure you get at least 5 servings combined/day.
You also need healthy fats - you might try avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, etc. These are all very good for you, as are lean meats, chicken and fish.
For many, aiming for higher protein and fiber works best, because these keep you feeling fuller longer.
You might also try a variety of spices and/or herbs. These can usually be used in unlimited amounts and some even help burn fat (cayenne/red pepper or other "hot" foods), while others help steady blood sugar levels (cinnamon).
I haven't done a lot of research into the chair yoga, but I'm going to, as I have a very good friend, whom I would like to try it. She's very heavy, has a desk job and resists moving around much. I hope it will help you maintain movement in those parts of the body that you can be active with.
Best of luck, and do feel free to stick around with us through your journey.
Thanks for info. I do use herbs and spices even in herb teas. I am not diabetic but find sugar -especially if I top up with starchy carbs eg potatoes, rice even non gluten bread and oats bloats my stomach, causes pain and generally upsets my whole digestive system with indigestion, acid reflux etc. I try to keep off high acids foods also and limit my fruit intake. I am in the process of identifying the lowest sugar fruits. I am aware that processed soya is not that healthy but find almond milk in GB is very expensive. Also we are told here that coconut milk and advocados are very fattening. So unsure about about that if I need to lose weight. Not sure if I would like coconut milk in tea either! I eat veg including root veg and salad. I avoid 'hot' foods although I know their benefits because I have IBS. I do find that a high protein diet definately stops me from feeling hungry much more than any other 'free' diet which includes anything as long as its low calorie. Weight watchers was a disaster! I feel comfortable with fish, meat and raw veg/salad and only sometimes crave something sweet. I don't think our bodies need sugar unless it comes naturally and in small doses anyway. What did humans do before sugar and food as we know it today do to survive and in much harder times. Humans also existed before grains were discovered. A good book to read is 'Eat Right for your Blood Type' which explains how our bodies relate to changes in the discovery of certain foods and subsequent changes in blood groups arose in ancient times and how it all affects our bodies now. I find that isometrics are useful too although one needs some discipline and motivation as with all exercise. Tai Chi is amazing for the latter as practicing with others adds different dimensions to exercise. The Taoist Tai Chi Society have classes all over the USA and their head office is in Orangeville in Canada It is cheap to belong to and I would recommend it for all ages and all abilities. It helps mobility even if one is disabled in varying degrees. Thanks for your input. I hope I have also helped with some information which might be useful to someone.
Now I understand better about the sugar issue. I totally agree that we really don't need sugar unless it is natural. Try googling "low sugar fruits" and see what it comes up with.
As to coconuts and avocados -- they are packed with "good fats" - monounsaturated fats - that can actually help you lose weight.
Here's another idea that might "throw you for a loop" -- if you have a lot acid reflux, you might want to try adding vinegar to your diet. This can be in the form of a vinegar and oil dressing or simply a small glass of warm water (about 4 oz), with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and a dash of honey. Quite often when we have excess acid, it's because the pH of our stomach is off. Vinegar has a tendency to bring that pH back into balance. Dill pickle juice works good for this also. I've also read that apple cider vinegar can help one lose weight. I've never taken it on a regular basis, so don't know if that's true or not.
You are also correct that human lived for a long time before grains became a popular food source. I've not read the book you referenced, but I know people who have tried the "blood type diet".
I am not familiar with either isometrics; can you describe it a bit? I am slightly more familiar with Tai chi, but have never tried it. A friend of mine, who is very obese, did Tai chi for a while and she really enjoyed it, but it was too expensive for her to continue. Could she have found it less expensive someplace?
My exercise of choice is yoga, which also takes discipline and motivation. I recommend it, also, for those with disabilities of various kinds. Yoga is very "forgiving" in that one can do the poses to the best of their ability and get the benefit. It's not necessary to be as limber and good at it as the "instructor" (whether doing it in a class or in your living room with a dvd). You do the best you can and it all comes easier with practice.
You did give helpful information here........ I'm going to do some research on Tai chi; might want to try it.
Thanks, you have helped my doubts about coconut/avacado issues. Yes I have heard about cider vinegar but have worried about the acid content. I will try now that now I know about its effects on the stomach. I am always doubtful about reading food benefits from ads for obvious reasons. I have tried Yoga over here but can't do the floor work and there is a lot of that. Spine and knee ops prevent it. Thats why Tai Chi works. Anybody who wants to exercise. enjoy a constructive and pleasant social group as well as improve many aspects of their health should learn Tai Chi. Over here there is a huge number of single men and women as well as elderly people who otherwise would find it difficult to exercise in groups. It is also a lifelong learning process which is constantly stimulating and challenging the mind and body in ways that an individual can vary according to their needs and ability. if you search for the main centre The Taoist Tai Chi Society at Orangeville you will find it is very cheap to join. You will then pay a small monthly fee and for that you will be able to go to as many classes as you like and not have to pay any more. You can be any religion (It is not religious based) and any age but over 16. They have beginner classes all over USA and the world. There are also workshops all over the USA and Canada and the world which members get the chance to attend. Great for making world wide friends who practice the same form! Isometrics are exercises where you work against/with resistance. The old fashioned Bullworker might give you a general idea what it is. I do a few arm exercises when I am sitting down with a large rubber band. Chinese Yoga uses a similar method but teaches you to use your own resistance-like pushing your hand down as if you are pushing a stake into hard ground. You can look both up and get books on the same. Let me know if you both join Tai Chi as I have been a member for almost twenty years and know many instructors and organisers in USA and Canada. Good luck