Thank you so much for the time and energy in writing this beyond excellent article.
Finally, a voice of reason. I joined this website just to give you deserved kudos after reading this article.
I'll be saying this until I die: It's all about the calories. The percentage of macronutrients in your diet doesn't matter regarding weight loss. It's all about calories in, calories out.
Cutting out nuts, or any other food won't magically make you lose weight. You lose weight because you are cutting calories.
I eat a plant-based diet, but I must count calories and will until the day I die to keep my weight down. Otherwise I will be a fat vegan. For me personally, it's as simple as that. No, I can't eat a bucket of Mcdougall's fat free rice recipe while avoiding fats and keep my weight down. It's all about the calories.
Thanks for telling it like it is...finally a voice of reason.
Chef AJ, unfortunately for me that is not true. For example, I can't eat all the brown rice or whole grain pasta (lowfat foods) I want and still lose or even maintain my weight. I will gain.
I find that by counting my calories I will naturally eat less fatty plant-based foods as they are more calorically dense. One will eat way more fruits and vegetables than nuts if they keep their calories in check.
I noticed in your original article you also mentioned in passing your grain servings were tweaked, although that was not the focal point of your article. I'm assuming you are also eating less grains than before, which would also lower your calories and encourage weight loss.
I read a book that has no agenda other than weight loss and exercise. It is called The No-Beach, No-Zone, No-Nonsense Weight Loss Plan by Jim Johnson, who is a Physical Therapist. This book opened my eyes and set me on the right track toward weight loss. He could care less if you are vegan or eat meat. He has no diet agenda. This book opened my eyes to the bottom line of calories in/calories out. Another great book on the subject is Why Calories Matter by Professor Marion Nestle.
But most importantly, congratulations on your weight loss! In the end, we all must find what works for us.
Dan, congratulations on your weight loss! 95 lbs! FANTASTIC! Another calorie counter..ha ha...!!
I have it down to such a science now that it's a no-brainer for me. And yes, I agree that exercise lets us eat more...thank goodness.
Job well done! You should be so proud of yourself.
I totally agree about the nuts. I went back and read my posts, and it sounds like I don't eat nuts. But I do! I just count the calories for them! They are filling and satisfying and loaded with fiber and protein. I think nuts are a great food. I just can't sit there mindlessly eating half a jar of peanuts like in the old days.
In fact, the other day I ate 3 ounces of nuts in one day! Can you believe it? They were part of a recipe and two snacks and planned for with my calories.
I've found once I cut out all meat, fish, fowl, eggs and dairy, I had plenty of room left over for nuts. I just balance my calories now and do fine. I think nuts are a great food and don't want to make it sound like they are not. I just don't eat half the jar anymore!
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I've been 3 weeks off all high fat foods: no oil, no nuts, no avocado, no Durien, no chocolate... all of which I had been eating increasingly in recent years. I've lost about a pound. I was hoping for more weight loss by now, but I'm feeling lighter & more energetic, & it's going in the right direction. Slow weight loss is to be expected when already within one's healthy BMI range.
Another important advantage of eating only the low-fat plant foods is protection of the colon. Dr. McDougall explains how high fat foods trigger the release of bile acids, which increase our risk of developing colon cancer.
I found some details on that on Dr. Mirkin's web sites: "Eating a high-fat diet causes your liver to make more bile, and bile is loaded with a chemical called lithocholic acid, a bile acid that helps digest fat. Lithocholic acid is probably the most toxic compound that your body makes. Lithocholic acid damages the DNA, the genetic material in cells to cause cancer."
It's been about a month of eating the truly low-fat vegan diet once more. I've lost 3 pounds so far while eating all I want, and even better, my blood pressure has dropped easily and naturally down to ideal normal.
In your reply, you posed a question about why so many people refuse to give up nuts when they could benefit from doing so. I think Dr. Neal Barnard talks about that in his lecture on food addictions. Fat is addictive and enhances food flavours.
It's been just over 2 months now of eating 100% low-fat, whole plant foods (eliminated ALL oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, chocolate, Durien. I've lost 11 pounds while eating all I want. There are other improvements too: I always used to enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, which went by the wayside once I got into "treating" myself with high fat foods. I have started opening my recipe books again! Yay!
I added up the calories from fat that I had been eating before the change; it was amazing how fast it added up! According to my calculator (9 calories per gram of fat) I was eating about 500 calories JUST from fat. I had been "justing" myself into gaining weight: JUST a 1/4 of an avocado on my salad,JUST one piece of Durien, JUST 1 ounce of chocolate, JUST 1/4 cup of unsalted cashews... as if saying "just" somehow magically takes away the high fat content.
Hello everyone who is interested in this topic. It's been about 4 months for me now of eating only low-fat whole plant foods, and to date, I've lost 20 lbs. I've been stable at this point for several weeks, so I suspect this may be the bottom of my weight loss. I look & feel much better. When I was going up a steep flight of stairs recently, I realized how much easier it is now. That 20 lbs was like carrying 4 five pound gym weights with me everywhere!
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