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 is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
The Anti-Inflammation Solution
The key to controlling silent inflammation is keeping your glycemic load high enough to avoid ketosis but low enough to avoid excess insulin secretion.
You also need to eat the right amount of protein and fat.
In other words, you need to keep them all in a zone.
It’s about striking the right balance.
What glycemic-load measurement is best for you?
Since we’re all genetically different, we all have slightly different glycemic loads optimal for our own health.
Most people will find neither a low-carbohydrate nor a high-carbohydrate diet will have the right glycemic load needed to keep silent inflammation under control.
In fact, the best diet for controlling silent inflammation is probably one falling in the moderate category.
This means moderate carbohydrates, moderate protein, and moderate fat.
Frankly, any diet using the word high or low to describe it will ultimately fail to control silent inflammation because of the hormonal disturbances it creates.
Following the Zone Diet for lifelong control of silent inflammation is much easier than you may think.
Calculating your optimal glycemic load and balancing it with the right amount of protein and fat doesn’t require anything beyond your hand and your eye.
The dietary rules governing the Zone Diet are simple and are your number-one defense against silent inflammation.
What to Remove From Your Kitchen
If you’re concerned about silent inflammation, you’ll probably need to do a kitchen makeover.
All you’ll have to do for this is take a few foods out of your kitchen and add in a few new foods.
Out of sight, out of mouth and mind.
That’s our feeling about most grains and starches.
Grab any processed starch you can find (breakfast cereals, flour, crackers, pasta, bread, bagels, muffins, cookies, cake, breadsticks, granola bars, and so on) and put them all in a trash bag.
Fill another trash bag with traditional starches like rice, potatoes, and grains.
But you can keep barley and steel-cut oats if you have them on hand.
Now look in your pantry to see if you have products rich in sugar, like fruit rollups, chocolate, or candy.
Put these in a bag as well.
Now scour your kitchen for dangerous fats: margarine, Crisco, lard, and most important, vegetable oils like corn, safflower, and sunflower.
Don’t even try to save them, just throw them out.
As hard as it may be to remove these foods from your kitchen, your body will thank you later.
These items are the worst offenders when it comes to raising insulin levels and increasing silent inflammation.
These fall into the category of either high glycemic-load carbohydrates or pro-inflammatory fats.
They are, literally, poison to your future wellness.
Your kitchen might be looking a little bare at this point.
Not to worry.
You’re about to fill it up again – this time with low glycemic-load carbohydrates, like fruits and vegetables.
You’ll also add the right kinds of protein and fat – in the next post.
Come join us on our natural weight loss journey! We’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
(Based on Dr. Barry Sears’ “The Anti-Inflammation Zone”)
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