Every post on this site potentially contains a building block towards the new you. Different chapters will be more relevant to different people. Even if you just stick to one of them, you will probably lose weight.
If there is one ‘secret’, one fact that is more important than any other, here it is:
Carbohydrates cause weight gain and “compulsive eating” type addiction
For many years, we have been taught to avoid fat. We have starved ourselves on low calorie diets that drive you crazy as you go ‘cold turkey’.
Well, guess what? Low calorie or low fat diets tend to result in complete failure. The science behind them is shaky or plain wrong. The hare-brained logic is that fat is calorie dense. That weight loss is simply a function of energy in and energy out. While there is an element of truth in these assertions the theories fall in a few areas.
Fat is calorific but usually consumed in small quantities.
Controlling calories and feeling like you are starving is hardly a long-term solution.
Fat is an important part of our diet
The body can go into starvation mode where the metabolism slows and fat is stored more easily.
The main problem with these old-fashioned diets is that no attention is paid to factors such as the evolutionary way our hormonal systems work. Our core DNA structure that we inherited is very old, it takes a long time for our bodily systems to evolve.
Many of the new ways that we live are a shock to the system. Pharmaceutical drugs, artificial food additives and the poisons in our environment all mess with our internal systems.
I have read numerous reports about carbs. When you eat sugar, or carbohydrates such as bread, pasta or rice, these foods get converted very quickly into glucose. Your bodies insulin spikes, when your system is saturated then hormones are produced and signal for the glucose to be stored as fat. Then shortly after you feel hungry again; hungry for another glucose spike because much of the last carbs you ate have been stored as fat.
I realize that what I just wrote might not sound very scientific. Feel free to do your own research. All the recent diets that people have success with all follow a similar theme.
– Paleo diet
– Lo carb diet
– Atkins diet
– Slow carb diet
– Bulletproof diet
These diets all embrace a fact of eliminating or limiting carbohydrate intake.
From an evolutionary point of view it is only recently that we started eating grains all year round. Our bodies aren’t “designed” for it.
If you avoid or limit carbohydrates you will lose weight, without hunger and cravings
It will almost be too easy. No rules, no calorie counting, no grueling exercise regimes, no weight loss fat club “rah rah” sessions, no liposuction, stomach stapling, jaw wiring or anorexia.
JUST REDUCE YOUR INTAKE OF CARBS TO A MINIMUM.
I discovered this fact only recently. I have not “been on a diet” but have adjusted my diet to be in tune with the slow carb diet. The main thing that I have done is substitute my bread, potato, pasta, cereal or rice for beans. That is, it.
I hardly ever feel hungry for no apparent reason. Sometimes I make a conscious choice to skip a meal and have a bag of nuts instead.
I sometimes look at my watch and realize that it is way past my meal time and I have forgotten to eat!
I was a 3-decade strong carb addict, with compulsive binging, constant cravings and hunger.
If you want really fast results, then follow one of these aforementioned diets to the letter. I preferred to modify my diet, which meant that I still have been “cheating” almost every day with chips of biscuits, ice cream or beer. The difference is, instead of having cravings all the time, if 2 of my meals follow the slow carb ‘rules’ then one doesn’t, I still lose weight!
I stopped feeling guilty after ‘cheating’ on the diet because I was still losing weight! I lost 20 pounds in 2 months, then one or two pounds a week since. I’m not in a hurry because now I have the big forehead slapping secret in my repertoire!
I am terrible at following systems or rules. I tend to be the impulsive ‘rebel without a cause’ type. But if I know the correct facts, the correct strategies, I can gradually modify my thoughts or behaviors.