Do You Think Like a Thin Person?

Start thinking like a thin person and the rest will follow.

August 7th, 2018 is the 11-year anniversary of the day I began my weight loss journey. In a little over a year after that, I had lost 88 pounds. Since that time, I’ve kept nearly all of it off. I go up and down by 5 pounds now and then, but overall I feel 100% successful. A big reason is my faith. Another is my mindset. I made lifestyle changes that I maintain to this day. I DO think like a thin person and that spills over into my choices and activities. If I veer off course, I bring myself back before I go too far astray from my plan. “This isn’t me,” I say to myself.

Earlier today I read the following article at Web MD. I’d like to share it with you. If you’re interested in thinking like a thin person, click here.

Low fat or low carb? It may not matter-just follow a reduced calorie diet.

Guest article by Carl Sirecky

Low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets have both sold a lot of diet books. But new research suggests it may not matter whether you reduce fat or carbohydrates.

The important thing may be just to follow a restricted calorie diet. So long as you maintain healthy levels of nutrients and eat heart-healthy foods, the proportions you take in of fat, carbohydrates or protein may matter little.

That was the conclusion suggested by a study announced in February 2009 by the National Institutes of Health. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found similar weight loss after six months and two years among participants following four different diets with different proportions of fat, protein and carbohydrates, but all with reduced calories.

On average, participants lost 13 pounds over six months and maintained a weight loss of nine pounds after two years.

The NIH study follows earlier research that suggests that the restricted calorie diet may also extend life. That’s at least the effect that a restricted calorie diet appears to have had in studies on some animals, according to an article published by the Mayo Clinic in 2007.

A restricted calorie diet that includes all necessary nutrients has been found in studies to extend the lives of flies, worms and rats, according to the report. Studies on animals with longer life spans and humans hadn’t been performed, however, because of the decades those studies would take.

But studies of the restricted calorie diet’s effects on humans for short durations have shown positive changes in blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat percentage, cholesterol, heart rate, and weight.

This all may be good news and bad news for those of us struggling to lose weight. The research about the restricted calorie diet suggests that chasing new diet fads and following complicated regimens may be a waste of effort. But there may be no way around the hard part: To lose weight, you have to eat less.

Carl Sirecky is a professional writer and researcher in Northern California. He struggles to reduce his own calories.