Is losing weight with traditional foods possible? Well, yes, of course you can! I would say that this is the easiest, most pleasurable diet that I’ve ever been on. Yes, I would say that, except for the fact that I am NOT dieting and am not eating a traditional foods diet for the purpose of losing weight.
I don’t know many people who eat a traditional foods diet (or a primal, paleo or GAPS diet, for that matter) who are doing it in order to lose weight. Weight loss is sometimes a nice side effect of such a way of eating, but I don’t think that it is often the main goal. The main reason that most real foodies turn to a traditional foods diet is for their health. Others practice this way of eating because it supports local, sustainable agriculture. Still others are rebelling against the factory-food industry and want their foods to be as fresh, simple and unprocessed as possible. Again, I think it’s quite rare for people to chose traditional foods in an effort to lose weight.
A traditional foods diet typically consists of many foods that are not considered weight-loss friendly. We love our saturated fat! Recently I told my mother how much saturated fat I eat and she turned pale. We eat meat and eggs and drink milk with massive cream lines. I drown my oatmeal in butter or cream. We eat veggies, too, of course, but I like mine cooked in lots of butter or coconut oil and sprinkled with salt. I would call a traditional foods diet counter-intuitive to weight loss, but it’s not. It’s not counter-intuitive, at all! It is counter to what we’ve been taught by the “diet dictocrats”.
Weight loss can be a wonderful side-effect of a traditional foods diet. Once your body begins to get the nutrients it needs, it can come out of the starvation-mode which was induced by the malnutrition caused by the products of the industrial food chain which caused your body to pack on extra pounds for survival.
If you are considering eating a traditional foods diet for health or ethical reasons but are concerned about adding extra pounds or have some weight that you’d like to lose, I suggest reading Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon.
My personal weight loss story is still in progress, but I was about 60 pounds overweight in March of 2012 when I bought my first gallon of raw milk and began to dip my toe in the waters of a traditional foods diet. By the beginning of May, we had almost completely transformed our diet with a healthy ratio of 80-95% our foods fitting the traditional, real food bill. Since May I have lost 14 pounds with no effort whatsoever. I eat what I want and every few days, the scale moves to a lower number. I do not count calories and I do not do portion control. I simply eat the foods that my body was designed to digest and extract nutrition from.
If you came here looking for a diet or weight loss plan, you’ve come to the wrong place. Traditional food preparing and eating is a lifestyle for me. I will eat this way for the rest of my life and am not focused on weight loss. My focus is instead on the health and well-being that this way of eating brings. If you are seeking information on traditional foods for the sole purpose of weight loss, you aren’t ready yet. If you are looking for the healthiest way to feed and nourish your body, hop aboard!