Weight Loss – Tips To Get You Started

Weight Loss – Tips To Get You Started

For weight lossthe most important thing to know is: It’s not as much how much but it’s what you put in your mouth to eat that’s the biggest factor if you’re going to keep the weight off.

Weight Loss could be the most important key to keeping a body healthy, yet it’s probably the hardest to conquer. These tips for what foods you should be eating can help you get started on your weight loss quest. Keep in mind that these are just starting points and in order to keep the fat off, a complete change in attitude is sometimes necessary. After all, it’s been said that “Attitude is Everything”!

I’m not going to give you any magic pill, but a few general suggestions that actually can help you in your weight loss journey and the first of these tips is to turn your food pyramid upside down. I remember when I was younger all the food pyramids showed grain foods like breads, cereals and pastas on the bottom, indicating that we should eat more of these foods than anything else.

 

Foods You Shouldn’t Be Eating For Optimal Weight Loss

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40 – 70 years ago, the only bread you could get was white bread and the only pasta you could get was processed semolina wheat pasta. Whole grain bread or pasta wasn’t even on any grocery shelf then. It’s the white flour breads and pastas that cause so many problems with weight management and obesity. I’ve heard some doctors say, “the whiter your bread, the sooner you’re dead”. My experience has shown me that these foods should actually be on the top of the pyramid and we should be consuming a lot less of these, if any at all. In my opinion, bleached white flour, white sugar and white rice should n’t even be on grocery shelves because they all lead to obesity and they’re addictive.

These foods have had all the nutrient processed out of them for the sake of a longer shelf life. In the case of white bread, it was once thought that taking the bran and germ out of the wheat was healthier because it gave it a longer shelf life. The pros and cons of whole-wheat flour vs bleached white flour is a whole discussion in itself though and best be left for an article unto itself. You can read more about it in Time For the Ultimate Cure. The best part of the wheat that’s lost when bleaching it is the fiber, which is possibly the most critical component for weight loss as the World Health Organization concluded that dietary fiber was the only dietary component that had convincing evidence showing a protective effect against weight gain and obesity. To get any fiber out of any flour, the bran and germ have to stay in the flour.

Foods You Should Be Eating For Weight Loss

                               

Foods like fruits, vegetables and foods that are high in fiber and will keep more fat off of you than any magic pill. Dr. Daniel Amen says in his book, Use Your Brain To Change Your Age “you should fill up on salad”. Everyone I know that’s lost more than 10 lbs or more and kept it off has done it eating more fruits and vegetables. These are foods that are higher in fiber. They take longer to digest and use up more energy to do so. It makes sense to fill up on foods that feed the body nutrition instead of starchy simple carbohydrates that do little more than pack on pounds.

                        

Vegetables like green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli, and colorful vegetables that are high in beta-carotene and poly-flavenoids can not only help you lose weight, they can help you fight off disease and illness so you can live longer. I’ve heard some doctors say the more colorful it is, the healthier it is. Especially in the red and orange hues like sweet potatoes as they seem to have  more of the nutrients and important phytochemicals, which are shown to help against cancer. These foods also provide nutrients that not only can prevent illness and disease, some of these foods can actually help to cure a malady once it’s started, as Dr Amen says it, “let food be your medicine”, and since you are what you eat, I couldn’t agree more.

Fruits like blueberries which are also high in phytochemicals, along with  raspberries,cherries, bananas, citrus fruit (especially grapefruit), pineapple and papaya, just to name a few. These foods offer more in nutrition, than ten times their weight in pastries and bread (especially white).  Pineapple for example, provides a an enzyme called  bromelain, an important digestive enzyme, that’s also an anti-inflammatory which can help you ward off illness, disease and chronic pain. Pineapples have had a long tradition as a medicinal plant among the natives of South and Central America. Bromelain from pineapple also has some potential against cancer mechanisms.

Another important fruit that aids in digestion is Papaya because of the papain it contains. Papain is another enzyme that is important not only for the digestion of meat, but it’s also a home remedy treatment for bee and yellow jacket (wasps) stings and mosquito bites because of its ability to break down the toxins delivered in the stings and bites. Beyond that, it’s more important for its enzymes that break down proteins in your digestive system, which is why it’s widely used in south and central America as a digestive aid. As we age we lose many of the enzymes that are naturally in our digestive system and these foods, pineapple and papaya can help replace those lost enzymes naturally.

Tips For Weight Loss

Cut back on the wheat products, such as breads, cakes, pasta. pastries, cereals, crackers, flour tortillas and breaded foods. This may be the toughest tip of all as it requires that you fight an addiction. Studies have shown that these items are as addictive as cocaine and heroin because they work on the same receptors in the brain to trigger the same ‘feel good chemicals” (serotonin and epinephrine) as cocaine and heroin. They offer you a virtually immediate euphoric sedation that wears off with an hour or two leaving you hungry again to eat more. Worse than that, today’s wheat has been genetically modified to increase crop yields that has “de-nutritionalized” the wheat to where it’s calories provide less nutrition per calorie making it a more fattening food. Dr Amen shows you the studies in his book Use Your Brain To Change Your Age  and it documented in the book Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis. They both claim that this is a major cause of America’s obesity problem.

Don’t drink your calories. Cut back drastically on your intake of soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened teas, whether their “diet” drinks or not as well as beer and hard liquor. The so called diet drinks and sodas are even more fattening and worse for your health because of the chemicals they put into your body. There are, however, a few exceptions like steviamonellin,  Thaumatin and Pentadin which are 250 times, 500 times, 2000 times and 100,000 times as sweet as sucrose or sugar and are all natural coming from plants and berries in South America and Africa.

Fill up on high nutrition foods like fruits and vegetables. Instead of filling up on low nutrition starchy simple carbohydrates, fill up on high nutrition complex carbohydrates like orange or red fruits and vegetable that are packed with phytochemicals like beta carotene, poly-flavenoids, and poly-phenals to help you fight off illness and disease like cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Many greens like kale, broccoli and spinach offer much of the same qualities for better health. Be sure to get protein in every meal.

Eat 4 meals a day and snack on the right foods in between. Eating more often keeps your blood sugars from dropping too low inducing the craving for the low nutrition simple carbohydrates that basically offer more sugars than nutrition, making you fatter. Snacking is good as long as you’re snacking on high nutritious foods like fruits, nuts and berries. You won’t get the “30 minute crash” with these foods like you will with regular snack food like cookies, crackers and candy. These foods will feed your body as well as your brain which will slow your cravings for the more fattening foods.

These are the best and most nutritional ways to lose weight in a healthy way. If you’re serious about your weight loss and even more serious about keeping it off, pay attention the foods you eat and stay away from the ones that won’t provide your body the nutrition it needs. Doing this will keep you body  healthy and the pounds off.

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