So you’re eating 100% plant-based but still struggling with your weight?
Earlier this week a reader emailed me after receiving my “welcome note” for my daily blog. Linda writes:
Thank you for the warm welcome. Somehow, I found you through Facebook, and I don’t want to lose you! Your 4 Leaf program sounds perfect, since I actually strive for 5 Leaves every day, but the fates intervene in a bad way all too often. So, your approach is my reality. I have been vegan or vegetarian for over 35 years now, but I still struggle with my weight. I look forward to your updates for inspiration, as I do battle with the extra pounds.
Linda is right, 5-Leaf would be even better than 4-Leaf, but would mean that 100% of her daily calories would be from whole, plant-based foods — still in Nature’s package. It would also mean zero bread, pasta or wine — not that they’re bad for you.
It’s just that we have observed that many so-called “vegetarians” and “vegans” load up on the wrong foods and still struggle with their weight, never quite achieving the results they were seeking. As I said in our book, one could eat nothing but Diet Coke and potato chips and call themselves a vegan.
My gut tells me that many, if not most, vegetarians eat nowhere near the 4-Leaf level. Many of them load up on bread, pasta, oil, chips, sweets, and other, highly-processed plant-based foods. And this is the primary reason that they’re still struggling with their weight. With the 4-Leaf concept, we built in some flexibility but never lost sight of the primary focus:
Maximizing the percent of your daily calories from whole, plant-based foods — still in Nature’s package. Our 4-Leaf level begins at 80 percent — offering a simple, flexible, positive and powerful approach to achieving vibrant health.
If one simply does that and stays consistently at the 4-Leaf level for at least four consecutive months, I’d be real surprised if they weren’t steadily approaching their ideal weight at that point. Just watch out for the whole plants that are very high in fat: olives, avocado, nuts and seeds. Other than that, just eat a wide variety, including lots of greens, beans, and fruit.
So, with the holidays just around the corner, why not climb aboard the 4-Leaf train now and have your new, healthier eating habits well-entrenched before the temptations of the season have a chance to deliver that extra weight that you’ll be trying to lose in January? Under the category of weight-loss, here are a few earlier posts that might be helpful for you; providing some of that inspiration that Linda was seeking.
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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com
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