The secret to losing weight

stomachs2014v2017The secret to losing weight is that there is no secret. We know how to do it. We’ve known for hundreds of years, even. Broken down simply, it is eat fewer calories than you take in. But, calories are not all created equally. Food that is easy to process will be stored more easily than food that is difficult to break down in our bodies. For that reason, it’s important to take in quality calories. That’s where whole, natural foods come in.

Can you eat wheat right off the blade? No. It gets stuck in your throat. I tried it as a kid, and I had wheat stuck in my throat for the most part of a day. It was an unpleasant experience, to say the least. It should have been a warning to me.

If you can eat it with nothing more than cutting and cooking, it’s most likely okay to eat. If you have to process it like wheat, rice, or sugar, chances are it’s not good for your body. But why would that be the case? Because our bodies were made to digest foods readily available to us: meat, vegetables, and fruits.

When we process foods, we make it much easier for our bodies to extract energy from. This is a great thing if you are running a marathon, but not so good if you are living anything other than a very active life. That means your body will extract the energy from the food with little effort and then need something to do with the excess energy. Our bodies take that extra energy and store it as fat. The more extra energy you put into your body, the more it stores it. Our bodies don’t want to be wasteful, so they hold on to every bit they get their “hands” onto.

So, to take it a step further, it’s not good enough to just eat fewer calories than  you expend because it’s difficult to limit calories alone. Calories in/calories out (CICO) diets fail the majority of the time because they don’t address the most difficult part of such diets: cravings.

Cravings come from the brain sending signals to the body to consume food to acquire energy. The problem comes in that sugar doesn’t suppress or even satisfy cravings; it actually intensifies them. So, the more cravings you experience and satisfy with sugar, the more cravings you will get. It’s a vicious cycle. It explains why I would literally be planning my next meal as I was eating one.

The secret I found was low-carb/high-fat (LCHF). By eating whole, solid, and good foods, I was able to lose 110 lbs in a year. I didn’t have to starve myself, and cravings went away within a week or two of starting my first Whole30.

If you’re looking for an easy way to lose weight, I hate to break it to you, but there is none. The multi-billion dollar diet industry isn’t in it for helping you. They are in it for the dollar. They sell ease and comfort when in reality, their products fall short of the promises and will leave you worse off than when you started. The truth is it takes some serious perseverance, motivation, and dedication to a healthy lifestyle to lose weight and to keep it off. Notice I didn’t say a fitness plan. That’s not necessary for losing weight. But the exercise industry won’t tell you that, either. They want you to try to sweat it all off. If you’re like I was, over 150 lbs overweight, there’s no amount of exercise that will get rid of that without changing one’s diet.

So, the secret is: eat good, whole, natural foods and avoid sugar, alcohol, grains, dairy, and soy. It works. And honestly, it’s no secret. It’s just not making anyone rich, so the info isn’t as easy to find or is often discredited.

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