Are your eating habits making you FAT?
For the average "weight loss” specialist, calorie reduction and
exercise are the mainstay of their weight loss programs. I think the
best word to describe the plight of most people trying to lose weight is
This frustration is due to the fact that the weight loss program
being practiced is not going to lead to lasting weight loss. Lasting
weight loss or much more importantly FAT loss requires a complete
transformation of daily habits. It also necessitates finding the real
issue (aka cause) for fat gain.
When it comes to weight loss, you can be so right and yet be completely wrong.
As I have seen it, the focus of people trying to lose weight is set
on "low-fat” and "sugar-free” foods. On the label, it looks like a
dieters dream but in the body, it is an inflammatory mess. And if the
pro-inflammatory effect wasn’t enough, these foods aren’t satiating, and
many of them even trigger hunger signals.
Fat cells generate inflammatory chemical messengers (called
cytokines), and those chemicals eventually trigger a reaction for cells
to stop listening to two important hormones: insulin and leptin.
So, if you are going to bump the FAT forever, you have to get the
inflammation under control. Inflammation decreases the cells sensitivity
to insulin and leptin.
When cells become resistant to insulin, glucose gets converted into
fatty acids and stored as fat instead of being used as energy. NOT WHAT
WE ARE LOOKING FOR!
When the hypothalamus becomes resistant to leptin, the hormone that
indicates satiety, people will consume more calories than necessary.
Also, NOT WHAT WE WANT!
As a dietary starter, this requires eliminating foods that are
inflammatory, such as processed sugars, synthetic sweeteners,
hydrogenated oils, over-cooked foods, and foods a person is allergic to.
You can make it really easy on yourself by simply just eliminating
food items that come in a box.
In addition to switching to a whole foods based diet, specific
anti-inflammatory nutrients should be added. Omega-3 fatty acids and
probiotics should be at the top of the list, as well as magnesium,
curcumin, and ginger to name a few.
This is what we call a long-term, sustainable solution!