Redefine Your New Years Weight Loss Resolution

Instead of focusing on restricting the quantity of food you eat to lose weight, focus on improving the quality of the foods you eat.

| January 2003

Healthy New Year recipes 

These recipes were reprinted from Don Matesz and Rachel Albert-Matesz’s forthcoming book, The Natural Food Plan: A Produce-Dominated Diet & Cookbook.

Many people start the New Year with resolutions to lose excess body fat. This often leads them to search for some magic bullet supplement to help with fat loss, or to embark on whatever might be the latest food-restriction fad.

Although the intention is good, usually this approach produces little or no loss of body fat. If it does produce some fat loss, in 95 percent of cases the individual eventually abandons the supplement(s) or restrictive diet. This almost invariably results in a regain of weight, and the gain is usually larger than the loss!

This approach consistently fails because it focuses on quantity, not quality, of food consumed, and fails to effect a permanent change in food choices and activity habits that cause accumulation of excess fat. This year, try a fresh approach. Instead of focusing on restricting the quantity of food you consume, focus on improving the quality of the foods you eat. Most people will lose much of their excess body fat simply by taking this step toward better health. Here are some suggestions:

1. Stop eating processed vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils, margarine, and shortening.

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