Originally Answered: Diet Interview Questions?
YES -Atkins Diet (FAILED)
YES -Weight Watchers (FAILED)
NO -Slim·Fast Optima Diet
NO -Sugar Busters
NO -South Beach Diet
YES - Calorie Restricted Diet (FAILED)
YES - Whole Plant Based Diet (THE WINNER)
The only diet that worked for me was a diet called a low-fat whole plant based diet that has been endorsed by Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. John McDougall, and Professor T. Colin Campbell. Read any of these outstanding biochemists and nutrition experts for details. If you read Gina Kolata's book "Rethinking Thin" you will learn that over the long-term, none of the commercially popular diets worked for most people. People, even those who are highly motivated, cannot stay on these diets because they are temporary and cannot be sustained.
I will answer the following questions with regard to a Whole Plant Based diet as described by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr.
1.Why did you initially choose this diet?
At a dinner party, a distinguish retired physician pulled me aside and expressed concern for my health because of my excess weight. As an active triathelete, he had instant credibility. He recommended that I read Dr. Dean Ornish. I started the diet, the next day. Since that day, I moved through the authors I listed above who recommend essentially the same diet.
2.What is the basic premise of this diet/eating plan?
Avoid food like substances that are over processed. Avoid excess sugar, fat/oil, salt, caffeine, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, MSG, aspartame, drugs, food contaminants, food additives, dairy, eggs, and all other forms of animal protein. Instead eat the following foods:
+ Leafy greens - Kale, Collards - High in iron, calcium, and protein.
+ Legumes - Peas, Beans, Lentils - Bean sprouts are delicious and nutritious
+ Whole Grains - Brown Rice, Buckwheat, and non-gluten whole grains (not instant and overprocessed)
+ Colorful Vegetables - Steamed and raw
+ Vitamin B12 and D as needed
+ Ground Flax Seed for Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (avoid all other fats and oils)
+ Drink pure well water avoiding municipal water supplies treated with chlorine and fluoride
3. What were two positive aspects of the diet?
+ This is a lifestyle change and the motivation to stay on the diet is built in. It's how good you feel.
+ No calorie counting
+ No feeling of deprivation
+ Prevention and reversal of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. (Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr.)
+ Blood work is automatically moved toward health
4.Were there any downsides to the diet plan? Explain.
It requires that you learn how to cook and not use some common ingredients. Eating out can be a problem, but you can find ethnic restaurants that serve healthier foods.
5.Did you have success on this diet?
Yes. I lost 90 pounds, regained my sense of smell, no longer have sinus infections, and have perfect blood work.
6.Are you still on the diet plan?
It's my new lifestyle, not a temporary diet.
7.Have you maintained your weight loss?
Yes. I am now moving on to portion control. I plan to eat just two meals per day. A big breakfast and an afternoon meal.
8.Do you feel the diet is safe? Why or why not?
It is absolutely the safest and healthiest way to eat. The authors and experts I cited above are independent of food industry interests. The diet is optimal for everyone, skinny or fat.
9.Did you exercise while on the diet?
I exercise aerobically five times per week for an hour at a time. I bicycle to work every day.
10.Would you follow this diet plan again?
It's the only diet for me. If you diet for a temporary period of time, you can be assured that the weight will rebound. You must make the diet a lifestyle choice.