Its the new year and everyone is determined to lose some weight. It doesn’t matter that we ate all the wrong things last year, didn’t exercise and added a zillion kg, its a new year, resolves are still strong. More often than not, when weight loss is mentioned, you’ll find something about diets too. I shall not disappoint. He he he. But does one really need to go on a strict diet to burn fat? Yes! At least that’s what a dietrician told me. She further added that you actually need to be on a diet everyday for the rest of your life. Sounded scary, but I let her continue. “What we eat is the major cause of the ailments that plague us. Knowing your body and sticking to a diet helps you live healthier. I’m not talking of a ‘weight loss in three weeks’ diet. If you actually manage to lose any weight that fast, you’ll gain it all back when you return to your normal eating habits”


Your diet should be your way of life. No extremes, just healthy eating. Even for those without a weight problem, watching what you eat brings good results- increased stamina, strength and a good sense of well being. Not to mention all the potential diseases you avoid too. Whew! When it comes to healthy eating, for a Nigerian,1522127_380993978749279_6967391460246191693_n knowing which carbohydrates are good or bad is the first stepping stone.

There is a lot of material available on diets and what foods to cut out so a word of advice would be to consult a qualified medical practicioner before you decide proteins are evil. :)) But if you constantly crave food, the chat below might help. If you’re doing it right, you’ll lose that weight, get that glowing skin, accomplish everything you want for your body, slowly, over an extended period of time. That’s the kind of diet that brings lasting results!10372252_10153092992180452_1250006704176264096_n

4 comments for “DIETS

  1. Temidayo Dick
    January 23, 2015 at 1:32 am

    This is a suggested diet plan. Its followed by a group member (Monica E.). You can try it too.
    No butter, no cream (im prone to cholesterol problems) but i have milk, yogurt n bit cheese.
    I use olive oil, with sesame oil for asian food.
    Only home made breads. Only once per fortnight, or pizza
    No cakes, biscuits, cooking, chips or anything in packaging bought from shops.
    I make fruit based desserts.
    Pasta/rice/potatoes 2-3 times per week. Meat, fat removed, fish or chicken, no skin, one everyday. Lentils n beans 3-4 times per week.
    Vegetables every single day, fruit everyday, lemons everyday.
    Wine 2-3 times per week.
    Water everyday. I don’t make smoothies id rather eat fruits, results i consume less than in smoothies.
    I eat nuts, seeds n occasional dried fruits for sweet tooth
    I use lots of spices n herbs in my cooking.
    I use unrefined sugars only.
    Never any take away, and eat at restaurants about 2 times a year.
    I eat dark chocolate once a month if i crave it, some months dont miss at all.

  2. January 23, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    This is a very nice, well-written, and highly readable article on dieting. But it is missing an essential element that, it seems to me, all authors on this topic are missing or ignoring.

    It has become apparent to me that there are a sizable number of Patients in my own practice, and people elsewhere, including myself, who need specific dietary guidance about how to eat to lose weight when one is entirely unable to exercise. This goes well beyond people who, for instance, might be in a wheelchair much of the time for one reason or another, and/or who have significant weakness in arms and legs. It includes people for whom any attempt at exercise is painful or ill advised for other reasons. There are many others besides myself who are plagues with multiple maladies such as Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, and Congestive Heart Failure. While these conditions prevent significant movement all by themselves in some people, they very often prevent exercise while a person remains at an abnormally high weight/ If one can only get some initial, encouraging weight loss, their mobility might increase, then making a longer term weight loss program of the standard variety, i.e. with exercise, more feasible.

    What I am sure happens is that most if not all popular diets lead to weight gain, or even failure to change one’s weight at all, which is highly frustrating and demoralizing, and leads to loss of the will to keep on trying. I am unaware of any source of advice for people in this predicament on how to stay healthy and yet eat a diet which provides only a few hundred calories a day in the beginning, which is all that many people burn when they are in this situation.

    If you or anyone out there knows where a person can relatively easily (without checking into the Mayo Clinic for an intense one-on-one training program by a personal dietitian) find this kind of dietary advice, please let me and the rest of us know.

    Thank you.

    Dale. V. Di Stefano, M.D.
    Newport Doctors Medical Group, Inc.
    Newport Doctors Medical Imaging, Inc.

    • January 23, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      As Dr. Di Stefano has mentioned, this is one area always missed out by most writers on the topic of weight reduction. In my opinion, it is not an oversight but a deliberate action because the situation mentioned by our good doctor is a special one and needs expert management whether we like it or not. Dieticians are the ones equipped to handle such. However, general guidelines still apply here. Eat less of high calorie food, reduce intake of sugars, increase fibres, and cut down on carbohydrates and fats. Take a glass of water on waking up in the morning and before retiring to bed at night to help flush the system. These guidelines are just what they are. Guidelines. These special cases as I said need expert and specialists input for good results.

    • Temidayo Dick
      January 26, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Your observation is keen Dr Dale. I left out exercising because my focus on the post is diets. The expert I quoted in the post is a qualified professional that deals with people with severe health issues. She has successful worked with the infirm, both young and old and has also helped people who like me, are too lazy to exercise. Anita Silas-

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