Here's the problem with ALL diets and gurus' advice - you can't do it. We're all not disciplined Navy Seals who lead regimented lives. Nope. I've discovered the Holy Grail to weight loss - and like all revelations in life, the answer's always under your nose. Fuck the diet. The diet never meant anything. Trying to change someone's diet is like trying to change their political or religious beliefs. Good luck with that. We all get that diet book and flip through it eagerly, desperately looking for that little nugget of truth that'll help us shed the pounds. And low and behold, we get "the perennial cookbook" at the end with recipes and suggestions.
"Don't eat bread. Eat for your blood type. Don't eat at night. Exercise on an empty stomach. Eat greens. Don't eat fruits. Only eat meat. Eat Paleo. Go vegan." Sound familiar? Each book has one of those messages. And yet, we're a fat fucking society. Nay. We're a fat fucking planet.
Here's the short answer that's guaranteed to help you lose weight. Thyroid disorder be damned. I happened to talk to a bariatric surgeon regarding thyroid and hormone disorders - and I gotcha covered too.
The answer is this. Count your calories. That's it. I'll say it again. Count your calories. I don't care what you eat, how many meals you eat or how much you eat in one sitting. Want to eat donuts upside-down while surfing Lol Cats on IHazCheezburger? Fine. Just stay within your caloric limit. There's no one answer - I'm 6'6" and my caloric needs will be different than yours. Thankfully, it's easy to figure out how many calories you need based on your age and weight using Google's search engine. Typically, I've found women lose weight with 1,300-1,500 calories a day and men typically lose weight with 1,600-1,800 calories a day.
Eat whatever you want and don't go over your limit. That's it. Thankfully, counting calories couldn't be easier today. There's a free app called Lose It: loseit.com. Enter the calories - and I mean EVERYTHING you shove down your cloaca. It's easy to use. Just use the barcode, or enter the food and it'll be there. Don't go over your limit and eat what you're comfortable with.
There's a guy named Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas Sate University who's know as "the Twinkie professor" or "Doctor Twinkie". He lost 30 pounds in a year eating nothing but 1,800 calories of junk food. He reduced his LDL cholesterol by 20 percent and his triglyceride levels went down 39 percent. Today, he's eating healthy food but still adding a cake a day to diet and stays in shape.
It's all about counting your calories. Stop this war on food, because you won't win it. If you've been reading this blog thus far, you've learned that our genetics dictate our diet. The way we were raised helps shape the way we eat too. You can control how much you eat, just not what you eat. As for people with thyroid disorders or the massively obese - you can still lose weight. However, you need to eat a third less calories at your target weight in order to reach that goal. In other words, whatever a person at say 150 pounds needs to eat a day to stay at that weight eats - you need to eat a third leas to maintain that weight.