Let me be clear. I respect all of Oprah’s accomplishments. She has done much to encourage others to be their best self. That’s commendable. However, whenever she proclaims success on her newest diet plan I cringe. Fans follow nearly everything she proclaims as truth.
Headlines yesterday declared: “Oprah’s eaten bread every day and has lost weight!” Wow, who knew someone could lose weight while eating bread? Well . . . anyone who has consistently read my blog or read my books, that’s who.
I also have recommended Weight Watchers, which is now owned all or partly by Oprah. It is an excellent organization. On Weight Watchers, one learns how to eat real food and create healthier habits. I trust WW also gets to the heart of the issue of why one eats uncontrollably in the first place. For unless someone understands why they eat as they do, no change occurs.
I’ve lost track of how many diet plans Oprah’s endorsed over the years, but it reminds me of my patient who reprimanded me for not endorsing the Rice Diet. “It DOES work,” she professed angrily. “I know because it worked for me three times!” (The only good diet is the one which someone stays on for a lifetime as I have.) One should also be cautious of crying “wolf” so many times he loses credibility. I’ve only endorsed one diet plan and that’s God’s dietary plan. Plans such as the Mediterranean, DASH and Volumetrics are variations of His plan.
Oprah is indeed an inspiration, having triumphed over a mountain of personal trauma. However as a nutritional counselor, I know one can’t be victorious until he/she recognizes why self-destruction occurs after each diet plan. Until one reconciles all the mental and Spiritual turmoil within, recognizing God loves us unconditionally, many will continue to strive for perfection which is unattainable. God loves us even in our imperfections. He has provided all foods for our enjoyment but urges us to remain in control, not becoming gluttonous or creating an idol out of food, which is sin.
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)
Why bread is fine, consumed in moderation:
In a 1975, Michigan State University conducted a controlled study: 16 overweight men consumed 12 slices of bread daily along with their normal caloric intake. They lost weight, debunking the no-carb theory of weight loss. Let me explain why:
- Bread contains many B vitamins. The purpose of B vitamins is to convert fats, proteins and carbohydrates into energy. Duh.
- Bread contains fiber. The more fiber in the bread, the more weight loss in each participant. Recommendation: choose heavier, higher fiber bread whenever possible. (2-5 grams per slice)
- Fiber passes through one’s system, removing toxins. Toxins stress the body. Increased stress hormones increases weight. Less stress equals more positive vibes producing less nutrient loss and better weight balance.
- Carbohydrates have the same amount of calories per gram (4) as protein but are burnt up more quickly in the body. (30 minutes to 3 hours for carbs as opposed to 2-4 hours for protein. Remember:4 grams equal 1 teaspoon.)
- Fiber absorbs water as it moves through the digestive system. This creates a feeling of fullness, in turn making us less hungry.
- When we consume bread we chew our food (or should.) Chewing releases the enzyme amylase which escort proper nutrients to the necessary part of the body it needs to be at to function properly.
Enjoy God’s Bounty without guilt but remain in control.