Diet

Ultimate Weight Loss – Chef AJ | Update

In nutrition, diet is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism. The word diet often implies the use of specific intake of nutrition for health or weight-management reasons (with the two often being related). Although humans are omnivores, each culture and each person holds some food preferences or some food taboos. This may be due to personal tastes or ethical reasons. Individual dietary choices may be more or less healthy.

Complete nutrition requires ingestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids from protein and essential fatty acids from fat-containing food, also food energy in the form of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Dietary habits and choices play a significant role in the quality of life, health and longevity.



There are thousands of diets. Some are for losing weight, while others are for gaining weight, lowering cholesterol, living a long and healthful life, and many other reasons.

A diet is best described as a fixed plan of eating and drinking where the type and amount of food are planned out in order to achieve weight loss or follow a particular lifestyle.

Here are some diets that are popular in the community

1. Mediterranean diet
The emphasis is on lots of plant foods, fresh fruits as dessert, beans, nuts, whole grains, seeds, olive oil as the main source of dietary fats. Cheese and yogurts are the main dairy foods. The diet also includes moderate amounts of fish and poultry, up to about four eggs per week, small amounts of red meat, and low to moderate amounts of wine.

2. Raw food diet
The raw food diet, or raw foodism, involves consuming foods and drinks that are not processed, are completely plant-based, and ideally organic.

3. Vegan diet
Veganism is more of a way of life and a philosophy than a diet. A vegan does not eat anything that is animal-based, including eggs, dairy, and honey. Vegans do not usually adopt veganism just for health reasons, but also for environmental, ethical, and compassionate reasons.

4. Vegetarian diet
The majority of vegetarians are lacto-ovo vegetarians, in other words, they do not eat animal-based foods, except for eggs, dairy, and honey.

Studies over the last few years have shown that vegetarians have a lower body weight, suffer less from diseases, and typically have a longer life expectancy than people who eat meat.

5. Ketogenic diet
The ketogenic diet has been used for decades as a treatment for epilepsy and is also being explored for other uses. It involves reducing carbohydrate intake and upping fat intake. It sounds contrary to common sense, but it allows the body to burn fat as a fuel, rather than carbohydrates.

6. Atkins diet
The Atkins diet, or Atkins nutritional approach, focuses on controlling the levels of insulin in the body through a low-carbohydrate diet.



If people consume large amounts of refined carbohydrates, their insulin levels rise and fall rapidly. Rising insulin levels trigger the body to store energy from the food that is consumed, making it less likely that the body will use stored fat as a source of energy.

Therefore, people on the Atkins diet avoid carbohydrates but can eat as much protein and fat as they like.
Although popular for some time, the Atkins Diet comes with certain risks. Individuals considering the Atkins Diet should speak with their doctor.

A healthy diet may improve or maintain optimal health. In developed countries, affluence enables unconstrained caloric intake and possibly inappropriate food choices.



Health agencies recommend that people maintain a normal weight by limiting consumption of energy-dense foods and sugary drinks, eating plant-based food, limiting consumption of red and processed meat, and limiting alcohol intake.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is an evidence-based information source that policy makers and health professionals use to advise the general public about healthy nutrition.









Chef AJ describes the concept of calorie density, the concept that all the leading plant-based doctors want patients to understand in order to achieve effortless, long-lasting weight loss. By focusing on calorie dilute foods, you can achieve your optimum lean weight and maintain it for life.

This is a short excerpt from Chef AJ’s talk, “The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss” from the 2016 Healthy Lifestyle Expo. The entire talk — plus 13 more — is available on DVD or for instant download at: https://store.vegsource.com/products/get-healthy-now-dvd-rainbow-set-13-hours-dvd

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  1. Chef AJ, I've seen you give this information many times. I am so impressed with how your communication skills have improved. Elegant, calm & sophisticated – this is one of your best presentations yet. Thanks & keep spreading the great plant based knowledge.

  2. fiber also feeds the microbiome that is the healthy bacteria..  When you grow the good bacteria, you crave the food they want to eat.. The more nutrient dense food you eat, the less your food your body will crave since its getting all the nutrients it needs,

  3. Thank you so much, AJ. You know, I've lost 30 pounds in that last 4 months. I'm 5'4" and now weigh 139 lbs. It's funny, because people say, "don't get too thin, now!" Do you think it's because so many people are overweight, that being at a normal weight looks too skinny? In our town, we have a lot of overweight people. Our city even made the list of one of the fattest cities a few years ago. As for me, I still am losing and think my body will just stabilize where it needs to be. I think you look great, and I love your tips on weight loss. Keep it up. You are awesome. 😉

  4. Not to disparage the whole idea of volumetrics, which as she said is a well-established principle, but if most people eat 3-5 pounds of food, that's NOT the same amount. That's a vastly different amount. 5 pounds is about 66% more than 3 pounds. Also, bragging about eating all day isn't exactly encouraging. Who's got time to eat all day? I get 20 minutes for lunch, don't have an opportunity to snack, and I have to eat something higher in calories to get me through to dinner. Too simple.

  5. The sad thing is that the western diet of fast food is corrupting the Chinese diet. Soon we won't be able to point toward China and say look how much thinner they are. All I have to do is drive home, past all the fast food joints, to know why we are all fat. I only discovered these videos a week ago and I am making changes. Thank you.

  6. Wait a minute, there’s a pretty big difference between juicing and blending.
    A blended smoothie still contains all the pulp and fiber, unlike juice. Blending can actually be quite beneficial, particularly for those who have difficulty chewing. This is especially the case with green vegetables. Since blending pulverizes the cell walls, it facilitates nutrient absorption.

  7. And one other thing wrong chef aj, with all due respect there is no way my BMR is 4,150 calories . I think you said take your weight and multiply it by 10 . You might want to rethink that one.

  8. Thanks Chef AJ. The pictures really help explain the theory of calorie density. I never liked juicing, I am particular about texture and don't want to drink my food as long as I have teeth. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that doesn't want to juice everything to be healthy! When I'm older and don't have any teeth left I'll juice lol.

  9. I love listening to her because she is a hoot! I do not do well on starches so this is not for me. I am mostly vegetarian but starches do a number on me. I can do beans alone and I sprout them before cooking. Not all Asians are healthy. Some groups of Asians cook their veggies to death and eat fatty meat along with the rice. They get kidney diseases very early among other issues.

  10. I would love to know how she lost SO MUCH weight and didn't end up with really baggy skin on her arms. I'm sure everyone would like to know how she didn't end up with a lot of extra skin.

  11. Blending certain foods is fine. Blending greens is fine. You break down some of the fibre making it easier to digest greens by blending them. Even blending banana's is also fine. Certain foods like apples and oranges are bad to blend. Juicing greens is also fine, but greens and vegetables is the only food you should be juicing, this will allow people to get more nutrients without chewing for ages. Perfect for those whom are older and struggle with chewing. So it really depends on the circumstances. Blending is better then juicing as less fibre is lost.

    To put it simply if blending greens with some bananas, is the only way you will eat a lot of greens, this is much healthier then not eating greens at all. 🙂

    I actually like blenders, for certain smoothies, when done right, it's a lot easier then chewing for hours on end, and actually is healthy for people. Juicing greens can also get people lots of nutrients fast. But in the end it's better to eat your food whole, that is the healthiest way. But me personally I will always use my blender, as it's more efficient, and as long as I stick to food very high in fibre, breaking some fibre down isn't a problem.. 🙂

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