Losing weight, getting in shape, and being healthy is “all the rage”.
Honestly, I don’t understand why that wouldn’t be the case all the time, but it certainly is vogue now to be on some sort of diet plan and fitness plan. The biggest problem I see is that there are many unhealthy, unbalanced diet plans.
I had friends who did a 500 calorie per day, no fat diet
They also used some drops to assist in “melting adipose fat”. Sure, they lost weight, but I think anyone can do that on a 500 calorie a day diet. I am positive that their health also suffered due to no fat, no protein, and no calcium. I saw one “meal” that consisted of alfalfa sprouts on a lettuce wrap with a bit of soy sauce. That was it. I’d be like, “Dude, where’s the food?”.
There is also the low carb craze.
And yes, it’s still there, with massive amounts of people grabbing all the protein they can a day, with little to no carbs. While
Aktins starts out at a mere 20 carbs per day,
Protein Power has you start at a whopping 30. Yes, I have followed both extensively, and lost weight with them. But, the minute I added more than 40 carbs a day, I put it all back on. And, I wanted some rice, or some oatmeal once in a while. These plans did not allow for it. But, you remove most of the sugar, simple carbs, and processed foods from your diet.
Then, you have a vegan/vegetarian diet.
Remove all animal proteins, and add in more fresh fruits and veggies. This removes all the sugar, simple carbs and processed foods from your diet. Is anyone starting to see a trend here?
I have tried the
Trim Healthy Mama plan for 3 solid weeks now.
They have an interesting blend of both worlds. The main idea is that you don’t eat fat and carbs at the same time. The plan is broken into 3 settings, “S” for satisfying, “E” for energizing, and “FP” for fuel pull, and it becomes rather simple from there.
To get an “S” meal, you are eating less than 10 grams of carbs, and more than 5 grams of fat.
This is where you would have some eggs fried in butter, a couple strips of bacon, and real cream for your coffee for breakfast. They do not advocate going wild with the fats or calories, just add them. For example you wouldn’t eat 24 eggs for breakfast with 10 cups of real cream in the coffee. It’s just not needed by the body at all.
An “E” meal has 20-45 grams of carbs, with less than 5 grams of fat.
This is where you add in some sprouted, whole grain toast with some lean turkey for a sandwich. Maybe you want to use your carbs eating 1/2 cup of pinto beans with a salad, or maybe you want some veggies stir fried over brown rice. This is the meal to do it in.
“FP”, or fuel pull, has less than 10 grams of carbs PLUS less than 5 grams of fat.
This is for those times when you don’t need a rich, heavy meal, nor do you want to load up on carbs. Think a few slices of lean turkey meat, or some grilled chicken breast as a sandwich in a lettuce wrap. Add a dollop of 0% fat greek yogurt and enjoy. Adding in more than 10 grams of carbs plus more than 10 grams of fat makes your meal a “crossover” and is important for when you get lose to your goal weight.
The premise of this diet is that you mix and match the meals to your liking.
Need to lose more weight? Eat more “S” meals and less “E” meals. Want some quick energy for a busy afternoon? Grab that “E” meal and enjoy!!! You want to eat every three hours on this plan, as they say that keeps your body “guessing” which fuels it needs to process, thereby raising your metabolism.
Truth be told, there is NO magical formula or diet plan that will cause you to lose weight.
It requires that you take in less sugar and processed foods, add lean proteins to your life, and MOVE with some exercise. Burn more than you take in= weight loss. Burn less than you take in= weight gain. But, many of us don’t know where to start, so we turn to the latest fads.
Trim Healthy Mama does a great job in not having you count calories, or worry about how much you are eating, just that you don’t mix fats and carbs together. It has helped countless women and men lose weight. For that, I give it a 2 thumbs up.
Now, for what I DON’T LIKE about this plan.
They advocate for 1 gram per pound of body weight. So, if you weigh 200 pounds, you can eat up to 200 grams of protein a day. Since your body needs calcium to metabolize the protein, and if you aren’t supplementing like crazy, this can lead to loss of bone density.
Remember, your body WILL get what it needs, even if it means pulling from your bones. Truth be told, you really only need 25-40 grams of protein a day. And, that Greek Yogurt, that sprouted wheat, those eggs, that heavy cream… they all have protein. Seeing many of other people’s recipe ideas leads me to believe that protein only comes from animal sources. So, they are often getting way more protein than they even think.
Also, they ask you to reduce the amount of fruit and “starchy veggies”
. To me, this is like throwing the baby out with the bath water. Sure, there may be some natural sugars in bananas, grapes, and the like, but there is also fiber as well as other micronutrients that your body needs. This plan focuses more on the MACRO of fats, proteins, and carbs.
They do suggest that you supplement your diet with some vitamins, but to be honest, you can get better supplementation by eating whole foods. And, no, egg whites only are not a WHOLE food. Honey is more of a whole food than the xylitol that they ask you to consume. Of course, honey is fructose, but it also has those micronutrients. No one needs to consume 2 cups of honey a day, but neither is consuming that much stevia or “gentle sweet” a good idea.
Many of their recipes are not focusing on real, whole foods.
That being said, you are subbing whole wheat flour for a low carb blend of coconut, almond and oat fiber flours that are nutritious. But, the idea of having to have “your cake and eat it too” seems rather counterproductive. Why go through the motions of having to find all your “on plan” favorites instead of changing the way you feel about food?
To stop eating processed foods, junk foods, drive through foods and focus on fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats and taking care of yourself is the simple way to go. You could argue that this is what the plan involves, but I have seen way too many “this is my favorite junk food thm-ified” for me to believe that fully. Most of the women I see using this plan want their cake and eat it too.
This isn’t the worst diet plan I’ve seen,
and it’s not the best. The idea of food combining isn’t new, and didn’t work when Suzanne Sommers tried it. It’s a neatly repackaged form of that plan that many others have tried. And failed. If you want to lose weight and get healthy and “trim”, then you are going to have to change your relationship with food, plain and simple. You need to fuel your body with fresh, whole foods and move it on a regular basis. That formula has never changed, and never will.
***I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.***