Do you want to be as slim as people in the seventies? Although their jeans had high waists and were very tightly fitted, there was no sign of any belly. In other words, while their fashion was questionable, their diet, on the other hand, was worth copying. The big question is: How was the 70s diet different from today’s diet?
The Era of no Weight Loss Diets
If we look at the food they ate, it was probably less processed and contained less sugar and additives as the food today.
Still, people ate pasta, rice and had desserts without counting any calories – something that we can hardly imagine nowadays.
Exercise was not popular yet – no gyms, no treadmills or weight-lifting – just very slim people who did not spend their time over-thinking about diets and food.
How everything went wrong
Suddenly, everything changed.
The first change was the introduction of the food pyramid. It put carbs in the forefront as the healthiest and the most recommended food. On the other hand, fats were marked as dangerous and unwanted.
People believed the health guidelines and changed their eating habits. They started to turn away from meat, butter, eggs and ate more bread, cereals, and pasta instead.
Slowly but surely, the population started to change from slim and healthy to obese and afflicted by disease.
The Final Blow
Then came the final blow – doctors recommended people to eat at least 5 meals a day. Believe it or not, in the 70s and earlier people used to eat only 3 meals a day. And no, they were not hungry all the time because of that and their metabolism didn’t slow down as a result. It had time to process the food that was consumed and use up the energy – a commodity that was lost with time.
So What is the 70s Diet?
Basically, eat only three meals a day.
No sugary drinks or snacks in-between.
Yes, it is possible.
No, you won’t be hungry.
And yes, it is safe.
Have your breakfast, lunch, and dinner as usual. Do not over-eat (following the logic that in that case, you won’t be as hungry between meals). If you want to be satisfied for longer, eat low to moderate carb food and add some healthy fats.
You do not have to change your diet entirely – of course, you are encouraged to eat healthily, but you don’t have to follow some strict dieting regime.
After you have managed to stay on the 70s (No Stacks) Diet, you can consider making a new step towards a healthy lifestyle, but for now, this will be enough.
What is the Science Behind this Simple diet?
The biggest culprit for today’s obesity problems is insulin, a hormone that helps the body to remove excess sugar from the blood, and also store this sugar as energy for later use. However, as everything in nature, insulin likes to have its rhythm of work – times when it reaches its peak (after a meal) and a time when it rests (in-between meals, at night).
Unfortunately, our eating habits have forced insulin to work overtime – almost all day, from morning to night, sometimes also at night with late-night snacks. As a result, it gets tired and inefficient with time, leading to diseases as diabetes, at the same time energy is only stored in the body and never really used up.
This is why we get more and more overweight and have less and less energy.
By giving insulin a break, it will be able to perform its job better, the energy obtained from the food that you eat will actually be used up – and you will feel more energized and look better.
I used to be a snacking addict – I would eat at least 5 or 6 meals a day, and even in between I could have a cookie. Admittedly, all the meals were not big, but still, I could not skip a meal and be comfortable with it. On top of that, I considered my eating habits to be healthy – weren’t 5 meals a day what the doctors recommend?
Then I started to have weight problems. I felt bloated all the time. I had no energy.
I thought I was leading a healthy lifestyle but something wasn’t right.
Then I went on the ketogenic diet for some time and most of my problems resolved. I didn’t particularly like the diet: as a vegetarian, I was eating eggs and a limited range of vegetables most days and I wasn’t very fond of all the fat either, but I didn’t feel like a had an inflated balloon in my guts anymore and I had more energy.
When I went off the keto diet, my problems returned. I soon realized all was due to insulin – apparently, I was suffering from insulin resistance: seen in my growing belly fat, bloating, and tiredness.
Then I decided to completely change the way I was feeding my body – I decided to have no more than three meals a day.
On the first day, I was very hungry between meals. The stomach is used to have a meal at certain hours (mine was obviously expecting food to arrive all the time) and if it doesn’t get it, it protests. It is surprising, though, how quickly it gets used to the new regime. I think it is actually happy to be able to rest more.
I realized how liberating it can be not to be thinking about food all the time anymore. My stomach gets unusually flat, I have more energy and feel invigorated during the day.
Really, it is a win-win situation.
Tempted to try it out yourself? The 70s Diet will shake your world and make you a fitter, happier and energetic person – without having to buy any strange ingredients to sit in your pantry.