So why did your great grandparents NOT struggle with dieting and weight loss? It's REALLY quite simple-- they never encountered these dietary demons that are so common today sabotaging health and the ability to achieve a healthy weight:
1) Vegetable oils (polyunsaturated fatty acids)
What are PUFA fats? They are the cheap vegetable oils that your local restaurants use to cooks all your food (often soybean oil or canola oil). They are the fats used in most processed foods because they are incredibly cheap, and at the end of the day, the bottom line is that money matters most to food manufacturers. Even "organic" versions of these processed foods are loaded with canola, soybean and other highly toxic vegetable oils!
And so what's wrong with PUFA fats? They are harmful to all systems of the body; they accelerate aging, slow thyroid function (metabolism), slow hormone synthesis, disrupt the immune system, and cause oxidative damage. According to Dr. Ray Peat, PhD, “Unsaturated fats cause aging, clotting, inflammation, cancer, & weight gain.” (PMS to Menopause: Female Hormones in Context)
In my mind, these fats are the clear #1 enemy of your weight loss goals.
2) Low calorie foods
Count CHEMICALS (#5 on the list), not calories. We need calories in order to stimulate the metabolism! When calories fall too low and create a calorie deficit, it's a clue for your body to SLOW the metabolism, and that is quite possibly weight loss's worst nightmare. Cutting your calories too low is actually one of the best ways to add pounds to your waistline. I mean, why would your body trim down when it thinks there is a serious food famine going on? At the end of the day, survival is the #1 priority of the body. Therefore-- eating a low-calorie diet is the best way to self-induce a slow metabolism.
3) Fat free foods
There is a REALLY good reason your body craves fat, and not fat-free foods. For example, did you know that when you remove the fat from milk (to make fat-free milk), you are removing all of the fat soluble vitamins along with it (read: vitamin A, D, E, and K)? Yep-- it's true! So much so that it's actually required by law to add synthetic fat soluble nutrients back in whenever the fat is removed from milk! So check your milk, if there are vitamins in the ingredient list, that's because some or all of the fat was taken out!
“We are required by law to add vitamins to all of our fluid skim / fat free / nonfat milk, fluid lowfat (1%) milks, and fluid reduced-fat (2%) milks. These vitamins are fat soluble and a certain amount of them are lost when the fat levels in milk are reduced.” -Organic Valley
Yikes-- get the nutrients from the fat of the milk, not some synthetic nutrients made in a lab. Fat soluble vitamins only assimilate well when the fat is present too, so that is just one more reason to always include some form of healthy fat with every meal. Your body needs nutrients for a healthy body before weight loss will be a priority, and getting enough fat soluble nutrients should be a #1 priority. Achieving health is more important than your weight loss goals.
4) Artificial Sweeteners
Mainstream wisdom likes to portray real sugar as this devilish creature, but I actually disagree and think the real enemy here is the FAKE sweeteners. I'm sure you've heard of aspartame, a popular sweetener you might recognize as NutraSweet and Equal, but it's also in many diet sodas. This artificial sweetener has over 10,000 documented cases of adverse reactions and over 900 published studies demonstrating it as a health hazard! According to Dr. Mercola, it's also a real threat to your weight loss goals:
"Would it surprise you to learn aspartame may cause you to gain weight? It’s true -- products marketed as “reduced calorie,” “sugar-free,” and “diet” can actually sabotage your weight control efforts. The two main ingredients of aspartame, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, stimulate the release of insulin and leptin -- hormones which instruct your body to store fat." Dr. Mercola (source)
5) Chemical loaded foods
Oh chemicals, you keep food fresh forever, maintain that perfect processed food texture and prevent spoilage. But at what cost? Chemicals in your food produces a chemical burden in your body. Processed foods laced with chemicals often don't provide the needed nutrients to actually detoxify the chemicals out of your body. Poor detoxification is actually a huge enemy of weight loss, because your liver is the most important fat burning organ in the body! Keep it healthy!
6) Frankenfoods (Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs)
We have Monsanto to thank for this one. True story: A friend of a friend was at a local farmer's market in Seattle talking to an awesome meat vendor and local farmer. The farmer was telling her that they can no longer use intestines from US animals to make sausages because of all the GMO feed! The intestines of US animals that are used as the casing of the sausage disintegrates! This local farm now has to import intestines from New Zealand to use as the casing for their sausages.
So answer this question for me before you buy your next GMO food: If GMO's are causing the intestines of US animals to disintegrate, what the heck are they doing to your insides? #veryscary
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