I’m excited to have my weight loss success included in the cover story of the January 23, 2017, issue of Woman’s World weekly magazine! In the article, “Dr. Oz’s Diet Discovery,” the well-know celebrity doctor teams up with David Perlmutter, M.D., expert in neurology and preventative medicine, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Grain Brain. The two physicians created a “healthy-fat-packed jumpstart mini plan” that they hope will encourage people to embrace wholesome fat sources while decreasing carb consumption, “especially sweets and foods made with low-fiber processed grains…which drive up blood sugar and raise inflammation.”
I was approached by Woman’s World last month after they saw on this blog that I had lost the last 75 pounds of my 130-pound weight loss by embracing the principles of the Grain Brain dietary approach, which focuses on whole foods, eliminating gluten and most (if not all) grains, a moderate-to-low carb intake, and embracing healthy fats. While the article focuses primarily on weight loss, I saw a transformation in my health from changing the way I eat that goes beyond the benefits of weight loss alone. Throughout the nearly two years I have been maintaining my weight loss, I have continued to make adjustments to the plan to suit my my metabolism and lifestyle, but I still follow the basic Grain Brain principles. The vast improvement I’ve experienced in my overall health and quality of life is what keeps me focused on consistently following this way of eating. Looking slender is great, to be sure, but what helps keep me motivated is how I feel when I eat the right foods for health.
While the ‘jumpstart mini plan’ promoted by Dr. Oz and Dr. Perlmutter may ultimately prove to be a little too high in carbs (even healthy carbs) for people who are insulin resistant, it’s a reasonable place for someone to start who is transitioning from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to a lower carb diet. The important thing is to just get started, and then tweak the details, if needed, once you see how your body responds and you learn a little more about variations that may benefit you.
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