I was fascinated last week when I read reporter Nanci Hellmich’s article in USA Today covering the fact that US President Taft had lost 60 pounds on a low carb diet back in the early 1900s. She wrote,
“President William Howard Taft, the country’s heaviest commander in chief and a high-profile yo-yo dieter in his day, lost 60 pounds in the early 1900s on a low-carb diet with the help of a diet doctor.
Dozens of letters between Taft and his English physician provide “a detailed look at patient care for obesity during this time,” says historian Deborah Levine, an assistant professor of health policy and management at Providence (R.I.) College and author of an article, out Monday, in the Annals of Internal Medicine. She says that although the letters have been available for years, she believes this is the first time they have been analyzed. “People today may be surprised that patients were seeking care for obesity as early as the beginning of the 20th century.”
The article was of special interest to me because we know from the history books that Taft gained all of that weight back, and more.
If you read my most recent post, you won’t be surprised when I say that Taft’s problem was that he didn’t, or couldn’t, stay on his physician’s version of the low carb diet. If you find an eating strategy that works for fat loss, it is my experience that you will need to stick to that strategy in order to keep the excess fat off.
The question I want to answer is why President Taft couldn’t stay on the diet. In the article, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/14/president-taft-low-carb-diet/2962131/, I read that Taft was instructed to eat lean meat and gluten free biscuits. I can’t help thinking that if he had been allowed more fat, and if he had eliminated grains instead of just gluten, he might have been able to break free of the cravings that were driving his appetite.
It must take incredible strength of will to get elected President and lead a nation. We all know people who are amazing in their energy, productivity, and generosity who have not been able to shed the fat they wanted to and keep it off.
Ultimately, the answer to permanent fat loss lies in the ability to manage the hunger and appetite that drives your eating behavior. By eliminating sugar, grains, and processed oils from my eating plan, I have finally soothed the savage beast that was my appetite from childhood all the way though my early 40s.
Today, I continue to craft the the last few elements of The Sugar Freedom Diet in order to make it ready to release to the public. I am so excited and hopeful that in writing this plan, I will be able to offer a solution to the problem of overwhelming appetite, and free my readers to live the way they want to: healthy, slender on their own terms, and full of the energy they need to run a household, a business, or even a country!