The biggest issue with weight management today is a lack of nutrition education. People learn how to eat from their family (primarily dad), and then go on throughout their lives continuing these habits. This can be a blessing, if you have parents who are adventurous in culinary arts, or it can be a curse. Sometimes parents pick the tastiest, or the cheapest, or the easiest things for their family to eat; which leaves you with the same mentality until someone shows you how to do it right.
For the longest times, American scientists have contended that fat makes us fat. After all, it makes sense to hear it. The logic sounds right. Over the last few months, I’ve learned that this isn’t completely true, and there is much more to it. Right about now, you might be thinking, “AWESOME! I’m going to get that burger at lunch and rejoice that it’s not going to make me fat!” The trick here is that while the occasional burger itself doesn’t make you fat, it’s what the burger is wrapped in that holds your weight loss dreams at bay.
The food pyramid says grains are an integral part of our diets. Of course, we know that any white carb is extra bad for us, with little to no nutritional value. So, we work to stay away from white bread, white rice, white potatoes, white pasta, and white sugar. The growing popularity of whole grain and whole wheat options has us brainwashed into thinking that those options are healthy options.
So here’s the truth. Here is some of the hardest food information to swallow. Here comes an entire lifestyle overhaul:
CARBS ARE KILLING US!
Now, I don’t mean all carbs, because of course beans, veggies, and fruits all have carbs; what I really mean is we need to stop buying bread, stop buying rice, stop buying pasta and stop incorporating these items into our diets as a huge staple. Stop thinking that every dish needs one of these. If you can wrap your mind around this, change your habits and break the sugar/carb addiction, not only will weight fall off of you, but you’ll have more energy, and any issues with anxiety or depression you might have will greatly reduce. In fact, if you’re a woman having trouble conceiving, the best thing you can do is follow a light-carb lifestyle.
This is just an intro, because there really is so much information to learn about the effect of carbs; so for now, I’ll tell you the basics.
You need to reach ketosis. Ketosis is defined by Wikipedia as, “a metabolic state where most of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis where blood glucose provides most of the energy.” In simple terms, if you greatly reduce sugar and carb consumption, your body eats your fat for energy. WHAT? Your body just eats your fat?
Yep! I’ve struggled my entire life, trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. I counted calories, I exercised, and I lost all hope because the scale didn’t budge. Now, I am really coming to terms with the dangers of processed foods, have broken my carb addiction, am feeling so much better, and am 20lbs lighter in 3 months with no added exercise and a fair bit of cheating.
I’ll write more soon to explain the details, offer some advice on how to get started, and perhaps some more links to details.
In the meantime, I challenge you to eat one meal a day without bread/pasta/potatoes. Try eggs and veggies for breakfast, or pork chops with stirfry veggies for dinner, or veggies and hummus for a snack. Start small, and I promise you’ll see results.
Don’t wake up one day and look back, wishing you had done things differently. You deserve to feel better. ❤
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