Some readers disagree. I would like to hear your story.
Here’s mine. My personal experience since starting a near optimal, whole foods, plant-based diet in 2003 has been that the weight-loss was effortless and permanent. My peak weight was around 180, although at 6 feet tall, I looked okay in my clothes and never really considered myself overweight.
But, as I began to learn about the optimal diet for humans and started making some big changes in my eating habits—the weight started dropping pretty quickly. Within six months, I was down to my current weight of around 155 pounds. That weight-loss was effortless and permanent.
Since 2003, I have seen lots of people experience the same results that I did—effortless and permanent weight-loss when thy started eating the right food for our species. Many were surprised at results—losing weight quickly that they didn’t even know they had to lose. Their goal was vibrant health; weight-loss was a bonus.
But in the past few weeks, I have heard from Nicole and Stephen—who shared experiences that were much different than mine. Nicole writes:
The real problem I’m having is that I commit for a few weeks, get freaked out that I’m not losing any weight, get very hungry and feel guilty for eating whole wheat bread or so many carbs and end up binge eating for a few days, get back on track etc. Obviously this is contributing to weight gain and I need to be patient to let the plan work when I am on track.
Then a few weeks later. I am very frustrated, sad and depressed about this because I wanted this lifestyle so badly but I am uncomfortable at this weight and feel I have to go back to my high protein, low fat, no carb Dukan Diet because I maintained my weight between 112 and 114lbs on this plan over a 7 month period until I gave up on it for this new Vegan/plant based way of life.
I urged Nicole not to go back to the gimmick diets like Dukan and reached out to several of my family members who might be able to help her. Then, I heard from Stephen:
May I add my kudos to the many you have received for your past tireless blogging efforts. I have read every one and have searched hard and long to find something to disagree with without success—until NOW.
Having dealt with the many issues of optimizing weight on two separate occasions I must point out that weight loss for me was neither “automatic” or “permanent.”
The record shows that weight loss in general and optimizing weight in particular is neither “effortless” or “permanent” for almost everyone. That is why there is a multi-billion dollar and expanding weight loss industry today.
We need your help. As you know, our book talked about effortless and permanent weight-loss and I have been blogging about the same phenomenon for the past two years. But, apparently the road to their body’s ideal weight has not been as quick and easy as it was for me.
Maybe some of you can share your experiences in comments below—but first I would like for you to take this short survey:
Please only take the poll if you have switched from some form of the SAD to a mostly whole foods, plant-based diet. In other words, you’ve gone from eating meat, dairy and processed foods at most meals to a near-optimal 3 or 4Leaf level of eating.
We want to hear about your weight-loss experience since improving your diet. Check all that apply.
Please comment. Maybe you could also share your story in the comments below. This is how we help each other in our journey. With weight-loss and vibrant health as an incentive, our better food choices will go a long way toward helping the human species move back into living in harmony with the rest of nature. “No less than our future as a species hangs in the balance.” —T. Colin Campbell.
13 blogs in the weight-loss “category” (out of a total of 23)
- Why do we like foods that aren’t good for us? (Dr. Doug Lisle on “The Pleasure Trap”)
- Eric, inspired by President Clinton, shares his story
- A tale of two diet-styles; choose the one that’s right for you.
- Weight-loss pills. Miracle solution or just more confusion?
- Atkins, South Beach, Dukan—now “The Paleo Diet”
- 2 words for health beats 1,083 words for “miracle diet.”
- In the quest for “vibrant health,” weight-loss is just a bonus.
- Effortless weight-loss — on the “4-Leaf” road to vibrant health
- Eating 4-Leaf for “vibrant health” — with weight-loss as a bonus
- Weight-loss targets; not recommended — Here’s why
- Weight-loss or vibrant health? What is your goal?
- Dr. Oz and his mixed signals…a reader speaks out
- Why do some vegetarians get fat?
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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