When I searched to find a way to lose weight, I stumbled upon the USDA ChooseMyPlate. Although, it isn’t about eating 80-90% plant based whole food (in my humble layman’s opinion,) it was a good start for me. I highly recommend this as your resource.
If you know your BMI and devise a diet that fits your needed daily calorie intake, you can eat nutritious food and you will still lose weight. It has been a really good guide for me and still is because it reminds me how to eat when I get off tract.
The only problem I had was I didn’t eat enough resistant starch foods like beans and potatoes. These keep you satisfied and feeling full. I’d be hungry between meals and cheated eating snacks and junk foods like bags of potato chips, boxes of crackers and packages of tortillas with butter. Eating like this kept me stuck @ 185 lbs. until I decided I had to give them all up.
‘Did you know that our bodies don’t require meat? It is true we can eat beans, broccoli and lentils, instead…’
I weigh my old High School weight @ about 155 lbs.. I did weigh over 200+ lbs.. I don’t weigh myself because I know my weight is OK. When you eat the correct plant based whole food your weight is automatically stabilized to your most natural healthiest weight. I know because I have experienced it. I am living proof eating this way works.
The only problem I’ve had recently was that I wasn’t eating enough protein. I lost my strength and didn’t feel well at all. I couldn’t figure out what my problem was. When I stopped eating rice because of the arsenic content, I forgot to eat beans by themselves or mixed with potatoes.
I wasn’t getting enough protein. When I went back to my 1-1/2 cups of beans a day it solved the problem. Now, I’m OK. And, as for not eating the rice, I feel better without it simply substituting more potatoes, instead.
Curious how I eat? Check out my diet plan, here.
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.