Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
No Processed Foods
We’re a busy nation.
We don’t have time to cook, let alone go to the market every day – we have stuff to do!
We think we need to stock up, buy in bulk, shop once a week.
That’s how processed food came to take over the food chain: Corporations figured out a highly profitable way to play off our time deficit.
And we’re paying for it.
A processed food is any food that’s been canned, frozen, dehydrated, or had chemicals added in to make it last longer, texturize it, soften it, allow it to sit on the shelf forever.
Some processed foods – like frozen or prechopped veggies – can be a godsend.
Maybe not as ideal as buying food in season from a local farmers market, but whole processed foods help us walk the right path.
What I’m talking about are the processed foods made of refined grains, vegetable oils, and added sugar that comprise almost 60% of our diet.
We’ll get rid of the products that add cheap chemicals and dilute less profitable whole food ingredients – in other words, most of the processed foods we eat!
As you read this, grab a trash bag, go through your kitchen and refrigerator, and put this stuff directly into the trash.
Sometimes you’ll read a diet article that says, “Clean out all your _____ foods and donate them to a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.”
No one should eat this food.
Why should a poor person eat this crappy food if you shouldn’t?
Make the mental connection that this stuff is poison, horrible for your own or anyone else’s body.
Yes, you may have paid money for it, but cut your losses and prevent anyone else from poisoning their body.
THROW IT AWAY.
Antinutrient #1: Hydrogenated Fats
If there are any evil foods in the world, they include hydrogenated fats.
Created for the convenience of the processed-foods industry, hydrogenated fats allow foods like chips, crackers, cookies, pies, and bread to sit on the shelf forever and still retain their “freshness.”
Is there something wrong with a cookie that can be eaten years after it’s produced?
Common sense would probably answer YES.
Hydrogenated fats are created when a regular fat – like a corn oil or a palm oil – is blasted with hydrogen to change the liquid into a solid at room temperature.
More than any other kind of fat, including saturated fat, hydrogenated fats increase your “bad” LDL and triglycerides and decrease your “good” HDL.
They also shrink the size of your LDL particles, which makes them more likely to clot and dramatically raises your risk of heart attack.
Just a 2% increase in trans-fatty acids in your diet increases your chance of heart disease 23%.
Eating excess fried foods, which also include trans fats, can increase your risk of metabolic syndrome by 25%.
Trans fats also increase your body’s inflammation.
People who eat more trans fats have higher blood levels of interleukin-6, a hormone-like substance that’s been linked to hardening of the arteries, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
Research on animals found interleukin-6-induced inflammation also causes the liver to stop responding to growth hormone and the muscles to wither away – and with that, metabolism.
Definitely not the effect we’re looking for.
If you make a steady diet of trans fats, heart disease is virtually guaranteed.
A New England Journal of Medicine review of more than 80 studies found trans fat is more dangerous to health than any food contaminant, even when it’s only 1-3% of your total calorie intake.
The study found you need only 20-60 calories from artificial trans fats a day to start damaging your health.
You know how all those chip and cracker companies are claiming “no trans fats” on their packaging?
Manufacturers are allowed to claim this as long as one portion contains less than 500 milligrams of trans fats.
A couple of extra smears of “zero trans fats” margarine and a couple of extra “trans free” cookies can get you over that 20-calorie mark pretty fast.
Hormone Homework: There’s no safe limit to this stuff! Toss out anything with “shortening” or “partially hydrogenated oil” of any type – palm, corn, soybean – as they always include trans fats.
A small amount of trans fats are also found in meat, created in the bellies of cows, sheep, and goats, but don’t worry about these – they’re mainly good.
These “ruminant” trans fats aren’t nearly as dangerous as industrially produced trans fats, and may have some health benefits.
Research suggests one, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), may reduce the risk of breast, prostate, intestinal, lung, and skin cancer, as well as reduce body fat and enhance muscle growth.
(Important note: The benefits of CLAs have not been shown in supplemental form. In fact, several studies have linked CLA supplements to increased insulin resistance, so please don’t supplement with CLAs.)
Hormone Homework: Always choose organic meats and dairy and look for grass-fed options – cows allowed to graze exclusively on grass produce milk and meat with 500% more CLAs than those fed grain.
More in the next post!
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