3. Chapter 1: From Principles to Solutions
From this first realization though, I just simply didn’t know where to start. Ironically with all of the information we had at hand (everything that I discovered while getting fit, and even more-so as I began to research this book-to find the scientific studies to back my beliefs, if there were any) there was little or no agreement as to what was right or wrong. As well, a lot of the information we have at hand is far from new. Sure, new information is generated daily, but a great amount of what we know was discovered a long time ago.
The problem is sifting through all of the information to find the stuff that works. Even then though, I honestly didn’t know this. I knew the information that we were using was entirely flawed. We were responding almost immediately to media hype about health and fitness, new studies that said this and that, new diets on the market that suggested this and that, and we were worse off every step of the way. It didn’t help that from time to time you heard about major research that was years or decades old.
So, while I was looking for ways to lose weight, it was by chance that I stumbled upon the GI Diet by Rick Gallop. Upon finding this book and the Zone Diet, by Doctor Barry Sears and reading them and trying to implement them, I figured I would easily lose weight and I was destined to be fit quickly. After all, these were well written books with a seemingly new, and very compelling argument. This didn’t happen.
I have always had troubles with the notion of diets and calorie counting etc, and at the end of the day, these books didn’t help me and the only advice followed consistently was shared in both books, and it was to eat large flake oatmeal in the morning. That said, the books did help me understand what foods were inherently bad and why-which is a big part of the battle, and I was able to drop about 10 pounds and keep it off. Still, the diets and lifestyle changes were constant battles, battles that I could win for two or three long days, and then lose in a minute.
The thing was, this change to oatmeal for breakfast wasn’t a battle. Once I understood what to do, and I could implement it, it really wasn’t hard. I hated oatmeal at first (to be entirely clear here, I didn’t just hate oatmeal, I loathed it) but now, I love it. I look forward to it. I will show you how I prepare it in the recipes section and if you are willing to implement it in your diet, I am sure you will grow to love it too.