If refined and processed foods existed in Rambam’s day, there is little doubt he would have warned against their consumption. Natural and live foods contain important components that are needed to help break down their naturally occurring calories, whereas the calories in refined and processed foods that lack these components cannot be efficiently processed by our bodies. Therefore, those diets that are based merely on calorie counting are largely doomed to failure.

Shop Wisely: Every diet starts at the supermarket. Stick to a list and buy only what you need for a healthy diet. What goes into your shopping cart will eventually be eaten. So be careful.

Avoid Junk: Stay away from processed, instant, preserved and fatty foods, and especially all the different kinds of snacks, sweets, and junk food. Most animal products, including meat, dairy foods and eggs, contain potentially harmful components like hormones, antibiotics and saturated fats, so try to keep them out of your diet as much as possible.

Go Natural: A diet which focuses on foods that grow from the ground have been found to be most beneficial, so try to obtain protein from vegetarian sources like legumes and sprouts, and, on occasion, Northern Sea fish. Make sure to eat lots of ripe fruits and vegetables, and leafy greens, whole grains, seeds, honey and natural spices. It is also important to consume, in moderation, unsaturated fats found in nuts, avocado and olive oil that contribute to weight loss and general health.

Feed Your Soul: Our spiritual wellbeing plays a vital role in our eating habits. When we are in a good mood, we desire food less, while when in a bad mood we tend to look for something sweet to snack on. Already during infancy we learn that food is not just a source of nutrition, but also a source of comfort, safety and love. A wise person once said, “Don’t tell me what you eat – tell me what’s eating you.” Answer that question and you’ll be able to accomplish all the requirements for good weight management with much greater ease.