It is relatively certain that there isn’t one system of eating that works well for everyone, and that our dietary needs for optimal health varies from different ages.
When looking to lose fat, it’s vital to keep the following in mind:
• The loss needs to be sustainable.
• Muscle, strength, and energy should be preserved.
• Bowel movements should be regular and comfortable.
If a diet fails you in one of these categories, worthwhile modifications are to be made.
There are two diets which allow ongoing burning of fat tissue and maintenance of lean tissue mass:
1. A diet that is high in minimally processed foods that are rich in carbohydrates and low in foods rich in fat.
2. A diet that is high in foods rich in healthy fat and low in foods rich in carbohydrates.
Eating foods rich in fat plus substantial quantities of foods rich in carbohydrates together on a regular basis is a recipe to accumulate fat in the belly region and in and around the organs.
For a plant diet, here is an example of a sustainable fat-burning menu and eating schedule:
Morning until noon or 1 pm, have all the healthy liquids that you would like, but none containing sugar, natural or not.
Lunch: A large salad, cooked vegetables, a grain dish, avocado, organic eggs. Fresh fruit and/or nuts for dessert.
Dinner: Same as lunch, but perhaps with a sweet potato, and even fish. Fresh fruit and/or nuts for dessert.
For those who thrive with substantial quantities of flesh meat:
Morning until noon or 1 pm, have all the healthy liquids that you would like, but non with sugar, natural or not.
Lunch: A large salad, cooked vegetables, avocado, and any animal food that provides a total of about 30 grams of protein – this can be in the form of eggs, fish, chicken, pork, beef, etc. Nuts or seeds for a snack.
Dinner: Same as lunch.
For both schedules, liquids with little to no caloric value are fine to take in between lunch and dinner, as well as after dinner so long as they don’t cause frequent urination at night which hurts sleep quality.
Please remember, any diet that relies on calorie restriction to a point where real hunger is an ongoing challenge isn’t good for longevity, and beyond dietary choices, timing of meals, and partitioning of nutrients are dependent on other factors as well; Eat less frequent meals, less sugar and foods made with white flour, chew your foods well until liquid if possible, get sufficient restful sleep.