Weight Management

Dr. Andrew Weil Diet is About Some Knowledge And Some Horse Sense

Dr. Andrew Weil's diet is a no-nonsense approach to weight loss. Eating less and exercising more is essentially what he wants you to do. Dr. Andrew Weil is a world-famous wellness expert from Arizona who has twice appeared on the cover of TIME, and written 10 books on health so far.

Weil advises against following quick-fix plans as the weight loss is temporary and returns as soon as you come off them. His plan helps dieters lose one to two pounds a week, which is realistic, safe, and lasting.

What to eat
There are two main aspects to Weil's diet: 1) balancing the proteins, fats and carbohydrates, and 2) eating the right kind of each. He proposes moving Eastwards in choosing foods as they seem to fit in his healthy eating plan. Meat, although present in the plan, is not encouraged.

Proteins
Proteins should form about 20% of the diet. Animal proteins are not considered healthy. Instead, foods like soy and beans are encouraged.

Carbohydrates
60% of your intake should come from carbohydrates. Complex carbs like vegetables and whole grain are beneficial as glucose is not readily absorbed into the blood through these foods. The list of good foods includes bran, beans, oatmeal, whole wheat, brown rice and fruits like apple that are high in fiber content.

Fats
Weil's diet is not strict on fats - as much as 30% of the intake is allowed to be from fats. Monounsaturated fats like olive oil and some fishes are considered to be "good fats". Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, useful to prevent heart disease.

While maintaining the proper balance in the three components of diet, Weil recommends eating foods high in fiber. At least 40 grams of fibrous foods should be eaten a day, which is not difficult if you eat fruits and vegetables.

Dairy products are not recommended as they are not very easy to digest. Intake should be limited.

Exercise
Exercise is an important part of the weight loss plan as it helps burn more calories. But Weil does not mention any specific kinds of exercises and is left to the dieter.

Positives
* It is a simple plan with no bells and whistles to it.
* The diet is based on proven scientific principles easy to understand and follow.
* There are no restrictions that could cause cravings. The plan is realistic for most people.
* It is a diet balanced in carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and free of faddism.
* The diet encourages vegetarianism and keeps animal-based food to a healthy level.
* Exercise helps keep the equation of calories burned vs. calories consumed clear.

Negatives
* Not for those who want quicker weight loss.
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