The Skinny on Elimination Diets
Like most women, I am really interested in weight-loss tactics. You name it, I’ve tried it, the crazier the better. I’ve always been a member of the 10-15 pounder club...as in, that’s how much weight I’ve wanted/needed to lose, for as long as I can remember. I realize that for some, that doesn’t seem like a big deal...but it consumed me for years as I tried to reach perfection and I dieted and ran and lifted weights and on and on. Then, I discovered something that just worked for me and I’ve never looked back!
I went to a functional medicine conference several years ago and learned about Elimination Diets and I specifically chose to do The Virgin Diet by J.J. Virgin. The premise behind this type of diet is that there are specific foods that are causing you to gain weight-- and those foods are different from person to person, but there are some common culprits. The best way to determine what those foods are, is to remove them completely for 21 days and then add them back 1 at a time to determine the effect. There is a lot of science supporting this technique and I highly recommend reading the book.
Here is a list of what you eliminate:
7. Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners
I do this program once a year-- and every year I remind myself that gluten and dairy are not my friends. And here is what happens-- I lose weight, feel great, think clearly and have increased energy! After I finish phase 1 I typically stay off of gluten and dairy for awhile but over time I let those things slip back into my diet, because I’m human. And as they slip back in, the pounds start to slowly add back on. As they add back on, I usually realize that I’m getting close to my time to do the Phase 1 elimination again.
I believe in this weight loss method so much that I have taught several classes about it and helped others with their elimination challenges. It is certainly easier to go through this process with a group rather than by yourself. As you can see from the small amount I have described, it is not an easy program. Most things that are worth doing are not that easy.
I filled out a medical form the other day that asked me to check a weight category. The choices were “At ideal weight”, 5-10 lbs overweight, 10-15 lbs overweight, Greater than 20 lbs overweight. For the first time, I was able to check “At ideal weight”, and let me tell you, it felt good. If you are interested in joining an online Elimination Challenge, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll keep you on the list for our next group.