There are many pre-packaged weight loss programs out on the market today, all offering different ways for the overweight among us to shed poundage. One of the more higher profile systems is the Seattle Sutton diet based in the Midwest. Its core principle is a low-calorie, low-fat approach which in many ways, goes against what I have tried to encourage on this blog.
Seattle Sutton herself was a nurse who had cared for weight-challenged patients in a small Central Illinois town. After many frustrating years of observing her patients eating habits, she decided to create her own food regimen program that customers could buy, much in the same way that Nutrisystem reached popularity. The meals are pre-packaged and shipped in 5-week batches and tend to appeal in the most part to heart disease and diabetes afflicted patients who either have no desire to cook for themselves, or are unable to.
Most of what I have preached every week is the importance of creating an independent attitude towards your weight and dieting. A firm, stable approach to losing weight through disciplined eating habits enables the individual to control their success or failure rather than being brow-beaten by a must-do regimen that creates no knowledge or understanding of how the body works. The low-calorie, low-fat DNA of Seattle Sutton’s thinking creates a negative approach to weight loss. Foods tend to be bland, and the method of calorie starvation turns a motivated dieter into a frustrated ineffective subject whose will is eroded away by creating a food regimen that is Spartan at best.
Our approach has always been to find your own level of weight loss that you feel comfortable and happy with. We have discussed several differing methods which have proven successful for many individuals over the course of time. There is no “Holy Grail” of dieting that can magically work for everyone. By the same token, a diet plan which forces the user to become dependent upon a method that creates unhappiness in the individual will eventually undo all of the advantages over time. Basically, the dieter just gets fed up with the food plan and surrenders.
Seattle Sutton’s contempt for anything other than the low-cal, low-fat doctrine is short-sighted. The plan is expensive, and not educational in any way. It teaches users to be dependent on outside sources for their nourishment. It also delivers high levels of carbohydrates which are blatantly unhealthy. Those levels create an unnatural, calorie deficient diet that do not inspire nor help the doubtful participant. Seattle Sutton does not even advocate any exercise plan to run alongside her food system which is frankly, incredible. How you can push a weight loss plan with no encouragement or emphasis on regular exercise suggests that too much faith is being placed on a dependent weight loss plan that creates a doubtful audience.
Clearly, Seattle Sutton’s system has worked for many people and the company has grown considerably since those early days back in 1985. For me, however, it is not something that I would put any faith in.
Horses for courses I guess.