Nutrition Plan For Weight Loss

The goal of eating is to bring in essential nutrients your body requires to stay healthy and survive. Most people call the food you eat your diet, however, these days the word “diet” indicates you are generally eating only certain foods while avoiding others in an effort to lose weight or reach some other goal. 

The words “diet” and “dieting” are very powerful words and generally evoke a negative feeling. Often, these words reflect past failures or bad results. To avoid this, I ask you to refer to the foods you eat as either your Nutrition or your Nutrition Plan. 

At first, it seems a bit strange to say, however as you say it several times, you’ll notice it doesn’t give you that guilt-ridden, crummy feeling those other words gave you. Referring to food as your Nutrition makes sense since the goal of eating is to provide your body with vital nutrients to keep it functioning at an optimal level.

I have also reviewed a lot of weight loss supplements, if you are interested, you might check them out.

Processed Food

Human food has looked and tasted pretty much the same for several hundred thousand years. Only recently over the past 50-75 years has our food become significantly altered, or processed, to remove certain components and to add others in. 

Surprisingly, many people believe our increasing weight and poor health trend has been occurring over hundreds, if not thousands of years. This couldn’t be more wrong. Again, the worsening of our health as a society and increased weight has only been occurring for less than about 50 years. 

A review of the data indicates this situation is relatively new and we’re only now realizing what is wrong and what to do about it.

As a society, we’ve been led to believe foods labelled with healthy-sounding words like “Fat-Free, Low Fat, Reduced Fat, Light and Lite” are healthy but they are actually the least healthy foods you could possibly buy. 

These foods were created by food industry marketing experts and made to appear to be the

healthier option compared to the original food since the original dietary guidelines made fats the enemy. The crazy part is these foods are generally much more expensive even though they are actually less healthy. 

Research proves that fat is actually less dangerous in nearly every scenario than the added sugar in processed foods. The high intake of carbohydrates is the main culprit causing our current obesity epidemic and increasing rates of pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

Whenever you read the words “processed” or “refined,” you should immediately think, “Nutrients removed, Chemicals added.” For example, think about a strawberry that has great fibre, taste, and no chemical additives. The ingredient list for a strawberry is strawberry.

Now, think about a strawberry fruit product. Here is the ingredient list: Grapes From Concentrate, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup, Pears From Concentrate, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Carrageenan, Citric Acid, Acetylated Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Citrate, Malic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Locust Bean Gum, Natural Flavor, Potassium Citrate, Color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1).

See what I mean? There isn’t even any strawberry in this strawberry fruit product! It’s ridiculous! And, they actually added in a synthetic form of vitamin C just to make it sound healthy. You can guarantee on the exciting, colourful label there is a banner saying “Great source of Vitamin C!” Do you know what an even better source of vitamin C is? An actual strawberry! Mind blown.

For some reason, we are completely fine with being lied to about the contents of our food. But, what if you paid a lot of money for a high-quality diamond, only to find out it is worthless cubic zirconia? 

Why aren’t we as humans just as upset at a company charging us a high price for a synthetic chemical bomb that is supposed to be healthy food? We need to honestly think about this as a society. They won’t sell it if we don’t buy it but unfortunately, things are looking pretty good for them, and not so good for us.

If your food doesn’t spoil within a week or two of buying it, it isn’t food, it’s a chemistry experiment.

Think about it another way – for thousands upon thousands of years, humans have lived on meat, vegetables, nuts and fruit. Our remarkable bodies are optimized to extract nutrients including vitamins and minerals from these sources. 

We don’t need expensive and complicated replacements. Nature has figured it all out already. It’s only during the past 50 years of humans getting involved that we’ve managed to screw it all up. It is your personal responsibility to decide which type of food you think will result in your body being healthier, feeling better and functioning at its best: real food or “synthetic” food? It really is that simple. 

The decision is even easier if you’re a parent since we want the absolute best for our children and prefer to feed our children the healthiest food we can afford. So I ask; why shouldn’t you have the best nutrition, too? Think about it.

When I recommend removing certain foods or food products from their nutrition plan, the most common question people immediately ask me is, “what should I replace it with?” My answer is easy; you should simply replace it with more of the other healthy foods you are currently eating or plan on eating. 

Just because you remove or avoid something doesn’t mean it has to be exactly replaced with a specific category or type of food.

People always need strict answers to what to do or not to do, however, they rarely actually follow the answer provided. This is why I provide very clear recommendations on how to eat healthier and get more active however I don’t tell you exactly what to do or not do simply because I’ve found the people who have the best success are the ones who really take a good look at their lives, figure out what they personally need to change, and then actually change it so it works for them. It’s the same problem for everyone but a different solution for each one.

Dietary Guidelines

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the original dietary guidelines were published in the United States which ultimately led to the original food pyramid.

Using flawed data, Americans were advised to avoid fats and eat up to 65% carbohydrates. Carbohydrates, or carbs, are various forms of simple sugars, complex chains of sugars called complex carbohydrates, and fibre. Simple carbs are any of the various forms of sugar including table sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other simple sugars. 

Complex carbohydrates are foods such as rice, flour, beans, whole wheat, legumes, potatoes and vegetables. The original guidelines indicated fats were the enemy while carbohydrates, low fat processed foods, and whole grains were deemed the healthiest and best foods to eat. We know this is completely backwards. 

In fact, it’s the single reason for the skyrocketing number of overweight and obese Americans and also the increasing rate of pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes in our society. Unfortunately, this high carbohydrate and convenience-based, unhealthy way of eating has spread over most of the globe and continues to spread rapidly.

I could spend hours discussing the complexities and errors in the original dietary guidelines and all of the various undercurrents of subsidies, lobbyists and influencers. To save you the time you’ll never get back, I’ve elected to let it go and move on. If you’re interested, simply go online and you’ll find more than you ever wanted to know.

Avoid Grains

A majority of American food contains grains which is a huge problem. Research shows that grains and flour cause huge blood sugar and insulin spikes after eating them which is why you end up being hungry again about an hour after you eat an entire bowl of oatmeal in the morning. 

The hormone insulin tells your body to store fat if possible and makes you hungry again. I recommend completely avoiding the bakery section at the grocery store so you can avoid buying bread, baked goods and especially whole grain products. Even though “whole grain” sounds healthy, it’s a metabolism bomb. 

Whole grain, oatmeal, rice and granola have been sold to Americans as a healthy alternative to any food containing fat but they are not the better option. Look at any processed food and you’ll usually find some kind of flour, corn additive or wheat-based additive. 

As a society, we’re starting to see a large increase in sensitivities to various grains, especially wheat and gluten. Several years ago I found out I had celiac disease, the immune system disorder which causes the digestive system to essentially go into nuclear crisis mode when gluten or wheat has been consumed. 

At first, I was devastated since I couldn’t have doughnuts, beer and bread. After a month or so of avoiding wheat products and eating more whole foods, I realized I felt incredible and had tons of energy! This is actually a common experience for many people who adhere to low/no grain nutrition plans for one reason or another. 

Many people experience bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation after eating grain-filled products and don’t even realize it is the grain causing the issue. I know a lot of beer drinking, good old boys who go for decades not realizing that they have explosive diarrhoea after a night of drinking beer. 

Again, human beings DO NOT need to consume carbohydrates or whole grains to survive. The high consumption of grain-based food and carbohydrates has created a disaster for our health due to the increase in our weight and the incidence of pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. I recommend avoiding these as much as you can.

Please Note: The use of the word “diabetic” in this guide refers specifically to TYPE 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes has a completely different cause and is NOT the type of diabetes being discussed or referred to in this guide in any way.

Do You Have to Take Supplements?

Supplements are not necessary for most people since a healthy, balanced diet provides all of the vitamins and minerals they need. In small amounts, minerals and vitamins such as iron, calcium, and vitamin C are essential to your body’s functioning.

There are many people who choose to take supplements, but taking them too much or for too long can cause problems.

That said, if you require a little extra help to shed pounds, you might consider trying natural supplements that support weight loss.

Some people use natural fat burners as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle to increase metabolism or decrease appetite. When combined with a healthy diet, it will further increase the loss of excess body fat – and may also have other beneficial effects.

Resurge is of the most popular weight loss supplements that promise to help you shed pounds and sleep better. Because studies have shown that sleep deprivation is associated with deficiencies of growth hormone and elevated levels of cortisol, both of which contribute to obesity.

While other supplements promote nutritional factors, meal replacement forms, appetite suppression, or similar effects, Resurge boosts your body’s metabolism by increasing your core temperature. However, before making any purchases, you might want to read some Resurge reviews because the supplement industry is rife with scams.

Besides, it should be noted that supplements are ineffective on their own and are hardly a solution to obesity. Pills or supplements only work when combined with a healthy weight-loss diet and regular exercise.

In any case, it’s always best to talk with your doctor before you start taking a supplement, especially if you are taking medications or have any health concerns.

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