WHY EAT WHOLE FOODS?
PROCESSED FOODS AND WEIGHT LOSS
The first step to healthy weight loss is cleansing your body of these chemicals and understanding your body's need for fruits, veggies, grains, nuts, seeds, and berries - otherwise known as whole foods. We'll tell you more about our foods in a moment. First we need to untangle a few of the "myths" and misunderstandings about losing weight - let's start with the topic of skipping meals.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make while trying to lose weight is skipping meals. When you skip a meal, your body "thinks" that you are starving. This is a built-in survival system that all of us have. When your body "thinks" that you are starving, it makes two changes to protect you from starving.
First, it slows your metabolism causing your energy levels to drop. You slow down and your body burns less fat. Secondly, the meal you eat after you skip a meal will be converted almost entirely to fat and stored to protect you from starving. If you skip breakfast, almost all of what you eat for lunch is converted to fat. You think you’re taking in less food but in reality you’re causing your body to store more fat.
The solution is to eat small meals regularly throughout the day, fueling your body with whole foods and water. Your metabolism will increase, your stamina and endurance will increase, your appetite will decrease, and your body will produce less fat while it burns more! Your stomach will shrink back to it's normal size and a normal amount of food will leave you feeling completely full and satisfied. Learn to “listen” to your body – it knows what’s best for you. Eat whole foods and drink water when you’re hungry and stop eating once your hunger is satisfied. Then repeat as necessary throughout the day. It really is that simple!
Another common mistake while trying to lose weight is doing strenuous exercise.
To create energy, your body burns fat or it burns blood sugar (glucose), but it can’t burn them both at the same time. When you’re not doing anything strenuous your body burns fat. When you exercise into the aerobic zone (70% or more of your max. heart rate) your body will stop burning fat and instantly begin to burn blood sugar – because blood sugar can be converted to energy much faster than fat.
Aerobic exercise will burn fat – but only after you’ve depleted your available blood sugar – which, for most people takes at least 20 to 30 minutes of being in the aerobic zone. Countless overweight individuals are on the exercise bikes and tread mills, pedaling and running, until their heart almost pounds out of their chest but they are not burning fat. The first 30 minutes only burns off blood sugar – after that you’d need another 30 minutes to burn any fat. Exercise equipment sales are on the rise and so is obesity – does that make sense to you?
The truth? Walking is the best type of exercise for healthy weight loss. Walking burns fat. Walking also builds lean muscle which “feeds” on the body’s excess fat. Walk daily, eat whole foods, drink plenty of water, and turn your body into a healthy, energetic, fat burning machine that incinerates fat 24 hours a day! Once you move closer to your ideal weight, then adding some aerobic exercise is a great way to maintain your weight and support your heart, lungs, muscles, and circulatory system.
Now that you understand the real problem and know how to avoid the big mistakes - let's learn how your body reacts to fad diets like the low-fat, and low-carb plans.
THE "LOW-FAT" MYTH
The problem is that processed fat-free, or low-fat foods contain no real nutrition and are very low in fiber. As you eat these foods the acid in your stomach begins to dissolve the foods and digest them very quickly so you must eat more to feel full. On top of that, processed low-fat foods are loaded with MSG which lowers your blood sugar levels making you hungry an hour later. The result is that you eat more of the processed foods, you take in excess empty calories, and your body stores the extra calories as fat.
Healthy fats are not the enemy. Fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, & K are worthless without fat. Whole foods like nuts and seeds contain the essential fatty acids that your body needs to be healthy. Nutritional fiber is only found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and berries. The acid in your stomach will not completely dissolve these natural fibers, so eating them fills you up faster and keeps you full longer. Processed foods contain large amounts of Omega-6 oils which interfere with the body's use of the healthy Omega-3 oils.
The fats to avoid are trans fats, partially hydrogenated oils, and excess amounts of animal fats. These are the fats found in fast foods, junk foods, and processed foods.
THE LO-CARB MYTH
Your brain alone needs 130 grams of carbohydrates per day to function properly. When you eliminate carbs from your diet, you force your body into a state of ketosis. This is what diabetics suffer from. Your body’s built-in survival system knows you need carbs so it responds with cravings so intense that hardly anyone can stand up to them. One bite of something sweet contains enough carbs to knock your body out of ketosis within 10 minutes, then it takes two or three days to get back into ketosis. Two bites a week and you’ll never get anywhere.
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