Jun, 29

Surgery and Health Food Take-out

Michael Smith Blog - Know The Cause As I drive to work every day, I pass no less than ten billboards advertising surgery for weight loss. Most of these type surgeries involve restricting the amount of food that is allowed into the stomach. By making patients feel full after only a few bites of food, they are forced to consume fewer calories, therefore allowing them to shed pounds. 

The concept is not a new one. It has been around since the 1990's, and seems to have caught on with Americans as an easy fix for our ever-expanding waste lines. I have known people that have opted for this invasive procedure, and from what I have seen, it does work. But anytime you go under the knife, you are putting yourself at obvious risk of infection or complications. You also have to be very careful about what kinds of food you eat to ensure that you get proper amounts of nutrition.

Another trend I see advertised on TV is "health food take-out," where you literally order a meal plan from a company that delivers frozen food to your doorstep. If you stick to their prescribed meal plan, you are guaranteed to lose weight. I take issue with a couple of the premises here. It obviously begs the question; what happens when you stop ordering their food? I've also seen some of the meals they advertise; if you are eating frozen, packaged food three meals a day, where are you supposed to be getting your nutrient-dense, fresh, raw food? Isn't that, at least in part, the aim of losing weight - to eat healthier? To nourish your body? Is trading one overly-processed diet for a less caloric processed diet really the way to lose weight?

I'm not necessarily contesting the efficacy of these weight loss strategies; they have allowed many people to reach their weight loss goals. I do wonder about the sustainability of such practices though. When the lap band is loosened or the meal plan expires, have you really taught yourself how to eat properly? Or are those pounds going to come creeping back? What I love about Doug's diet for weight loss is that it is simple, safe and effective. Above all it is healthy. You aren't in danger of getting an infection from it. You don't have to worry about your stomach bursting. You aren't hungry either. You aren't beholden to a company for your meals. All the food on Doug's diet is fresh, and it is food our bodies are designed to consume. It is nutrient dense and loaded with anti-fungal nutrients. Losing weight can be an uphill battle; keeping weight off can be even tougher. Why not try making some simple changes to your diet that you can live by for the rest of your life?