When Changing Your Diet, Try Adding Instead of Subtracting

Posted on August 15, 2012

Diet and Nutrition IdeaYour overweight and want to do something about it. So you start looking into different diets and your eyes glaze over. You ask yourself, do I cut out the carbs, do I go with the Paleo diet, do I just eat less, should I go Vegan? Yes, it seems that if you ask 3 weight loss experts what you should do to lose weight, you will get 5 answers!

In this article, I am going to focus on one common-sense theme and help you apply it practically so you can use it right now. Unless you are talking to someone promoting a fringe diet, most nutrition experts you talk to will agree that the average person needs more natural foods in their diet. Foods like raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains.

So, here is my suggestion. Don’t try to go on a diet and deny yourself everything you like. You know. I’m not going to eat that cake, I’m not going to eat that cake, I’M NOT GOING TO EAT THAT CAKE… Instead, focus on increasing your intake of healthy, natural foods you like. Be deliberate and make a plan to increase it slowly over a few weeks. When you do this, a higher percentage of your calories will come from healthy foods over time. This is a step in the right direction.

If you get to the point where 80% of your calories are from fruits, vegetables, nuts seeds, grains and even grass fed organic meat, caught fish from the wild (instead of a “farm”), Free-range organic chicken and eggs, then your body will have sufficient good, nourishing calories going into it. If you use the other 20% to enjoy some indulgences that bring you enjoyment, then I say enjoy it without guilt! That is an 80% principle that I can live with!

If you are looking for additional resources to help you understand the benefits of eating more raw, natural foods. I recommend Eating for Energy. This is a very well-written resource with over 350 pages of information, including 100+ pages of delicious, healthy recipes that are easy to make. Once you really understand how your body works and the benefits of raw foods, you will want more of them in your diet! I have lost large amounts of fat and gained energy and health from following this advice myself! Here’s to your health!


I am a cancer survivor who is passionate about health, including writing on topics such as weight loss, diet plans, fitness, and workout plans.

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  2. Davy Jordan August 29, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I too have used the concept of using one day for guilt eating. In fact, I believe that without using this approach it is almost impossible to control your sugar cravings or whatever kind of food challenges your weight loss goals. Having one day of indulgence ensures that you don’t develop any kind of withdrawal symptom and don’t start dreaming about a particular kind of food. If you don’t understand the power of withdrawal cravings, just ask any friend who is trying to kick the cigarette or trying to reduce the daily caffeine intake.

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