CAN YOU LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT RESTRICTING CALORIES?
When you eat foods that are calorically high yet nutrient deficient, your body packs the food and transform it into fat for storage, while you are is still starving for nutrients, creating more cravings even after it may seem like you have eaten enough.
If you ever feel like you are constantly hungry even on days when you ate a lot of food this may be due to ONE of the following reasons
- You are very active and your body needs to be constantly fueled.
- You are lacking nutrients in your diet.
For as long as you eat nutrient deficient foods, you will continue to over eat beyond what your body needs.
Processed foods that are high in salt, trans fat, and artificial flavors will obviously fool your body’s ability to know when you have eaten enough. So what is the opposite of fooling your body?
Eating WHOLE FOODS is the answer. When you eat whole foods, you are telling your body, “what you see is what you get”. If you make sure that your diet is mostly made up by whole foods, you can rest assured knowing that when you get full, this is when you should stop eating. And you will remain satiated for longer periods of times if you make sure that the whole foods you are eating are varied and balanced between a good amount of healthy carbohydrates, minerals and healthy fats (All these whole foods are loaded with protein).
Some examples of healthy carbohydrates are: bananas, berries, apple, kiwi, pineapple, dates, dragon fruit, carrots, whole grain rice, quinoa, oats, potatoes etc..
Some great sources of minerals are green vegetables (especially dark green leafs): spinach, kale, celery, cucumbers, lettuce etc.
—It is okay to process greens in the form of juice, due to the fact that these leafs are so low in calories, that it would take very long before you could eat enough to be full.—
Some healthy sources of fat are almonds, cashews, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and flaxseeds.
Next time we will talk about HEALTHY processed foods such as smoothies and nut butters and how these can affect weight loss.
Juliana A. Duque