Eat Your Way To Weight Loss

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No matter how much or how well you exercise, all your efforts may come to naught if you’re still eating processed foods, too many carbohydrates, and the wrong kinds of fat.
“'Refined grains like white bread, crackers and chips, as well as refined sugars in sweetened drinks and desserts, increase inflammation in our bodies’ says registered dietitian Kate Patton. ‘Belly fat is associated with inflammation, so eating too many processed foods will hinder your ability to lose belly fat.’”

Interestingly enough, leptin (a hormone produced by your fat cells) is just as important as insulin in determining your risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. It also impacts how much you eat and how much fat you burn.
 Leptin resistance specifically causes your body to produce and accumulate visceral fat around your midline. 

So how do you become leptin resistant? In short, by:

  • Eating a diet that includes too many sugars and grains
    • grains turn to sugar once you consume them
  • The sugar metabolizes to (turns into) fat and is stored in your fat cells
  • This activity in turn causes a surge in leptin
  • Your body becomes resistant to leptin just as it can become insulin-resistant
When you’re leptin-resistant, your body no longer hears its own signals to stop eating, burn fat, or pass up sugary foods. As a result, you feel hungry, crave sweets, and your body continues to store fat even though it already has more than enough. When your body routinely stores this excess as visceral fat, you increase your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, vascular disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of your arteries), and an increased thickness in the walls of your heart.

Action Steps:

  • Swap processed foods (including restaurant or fast food) for whole, ideally organic fare, focusing on raw vegetables. Cooking them will destroy many of their valuable micronutrients. Juicing can help you boost your vegetable intake if you’re having trouble getting enough of them into your diet. By removing processed foods, you automatically cut out most of the refined sugars and carbs (grains) from your diet, along with a whole host of other health-harming chemicals and additives. If you opt for organic, you’ll also automatically avoid hazardous pesticides and herbicides, as well as GMO (genetically modified/engineered) ingredients.
  • Next, replace the missing carbs with healthful fats. The notion that glucose is the preferred fuel for your body is a pervasive one. Everyone from diabetics to top athletes are advised to make sure they eat "enough" carbs to keep their systems from crashing. This is unfortunate, as this misguided advice is at the very heart of many of our current health failures (keep in mind this is in reference to harmful carbs such as grains and sugars, NOT vegetable carbs).
The Truth About Fat:
Fat is actually the preferred fuel of human metabolism. 
However, highly processed and genetically engineered omega-6 oils like corn, canola, and soy will actually upset your omega 6:3 ratio. 

All Trans Fats should be avoided!

But contrary to popular advice, saturated fats are a key component of a healthy diet that will promote weight loss. Most people need as much as 50-85 percent of their daily calories in the form of healthy fat for optimal health.

Sources of healthy fats that you'll want to add to your diet include:
Olives and Olive Oil (for cold dishes)
Coconuts and Coconut Oil (for all types of cooking and baking)
Raw Nuts, particularly Macadamia
Organic Pastured Egg Yolks
Grass-Fed and Pasture-Finished meats



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