Every ten years, the number of overweight people doubles, for the simple reason that we do things that go against the needs of our bodies and genes.
When man abandoned the tree four million years ago, he could only survive because his genes told him what to do: move. Walk for your life, walk for your food. Our ancestors traveled forty kilometers a day to get food for their family. Today, we walk an average of one kilometer a day, while consuming more calories than we need.
Our nourishment is not natural. Instead, we consume processed products that our metabolisms do not recognize. Our bodies transform alimentary substances and vital substances of our daily bread into bodily substances, into muscles and hormones, into strength, into our defenses, but also into thoughts and feelings.
Instead of serving something fresh from the garden, we have learned to cook from industrial products. We do not eat real food, but processed food. The difference? Real foods provide us with vital substances and energy. Fake food provides us with chemicals and calories.
To make food cheaper and cheaper, the industry uses genetic engineering and chemistry. The natural raw substances – potatoes, cereals, fish – are reduced in very small parts and are synthesized in new products. They use aromatic substances mimic the taste, and hundreds of additives become added to all these products.
In the 60s nobody dared to go shopping without a table of calories. People lost weight by going on diets that only allowed 1,000 calories, but the love handles would soon pop right back up.
In the 70s, calories and carbohydrates were the enemies. The fad diet was: no bread, no pasta, and hardly any vegetables. People would eat lots of meat, cream and sausages. There was a lot of weight gain.
In the 80s weight loss supplements and pills popped on the scene. And in the 90 the words “low fat” and “light” were on everyone’s lips. Today, many women use corset for slimming as in the 50s. Times change, although some things stay the same.
How can we actually lose weight?
Fad diets deplete us of vital nutrients. Without these nutrients we cannot burn calories. The body burns off muscles, the metabolism slows down and the diet just does more harm than good. Soon after the fad diet is over, the body simply gains all of the weight (and sometimes more) back.
Those who cut calories get fewer vital nutrients. But vitamins and minerals are what drive our metabolism. If we don’t get enough of them, we will remain fat. Even valuable and healthy fatty acids are necessary for hormone production and proper weight maintenance.
Low fat diets cause us to miss out on necessary proteins in our diet. Proteins are the most important building and repairing substance in the body. 50 to 100 grams of protein are consumed daily by the body, and we must replace it. Whoever maintains a constant diet weakens the immune system, concentration decreases, mood is affected. And the body gnaws your muscles and thereby reduces your most important fat burners!
Carbohydrates feed the brain and if you lack the necessary carbs, the body transforms valuable protein into sugar. The muscles diminish, which is the fastest way to gain weight.
Instead of trying fad diets, follow the following five tips to drop the weight, while eating with joy.
Sweets are fattening
Your brain needs sugar (glucose). Muscles also burn glucose if fatigued. So, the body needs them – in the form of fruit, vegetables, and valuable cereal products. Empty carbs, those not produced by nature, are what make you fat. Why? When you eat sweets or white flour products, your pancreas go into shock from the flood of glucose molecules and release a lot of insulin. The hormone raises your blood sugar level, forming the fat that becomes deposited on your body. Excess sugar also affects the brain, causing fatigue, lack of concentration and an increased desire to eat more sweets.
Sugar then becomes an addiction. Your hormones and brain make you seek it. Start off with some lemonade, then a chocolate bar, then cookies and so on throughout the day. This causes your insulin to spike and more and more fat to be formed and stored by the body. Additionally, it prevents Glucagon, a hormone that helps keep you thin, from being released.
You need fat in the same way you need vitamins, just not in as large a quantity. From now on, eat 60 to 70 grams instead of the usual 140.
Vegetables, olives, nuts, seeds and fish provide unsaturated fatty acids that act positively on the hormones; They also attract slimming hormones. Consume cold pressed vegetable oils, especially olive oil, and fish like mackerel, herring and salmon. Additionally, minimize animal fats such as cream, butter, cheese, meat and sausage. Simply consume lean meats.
Gaining weight is a reaction to the fact that your body has too many “dead substances” and not enough vital nutrients. Without these vital nutrients, your metabolism slows down and you store fat. Avoid processed food and read your labels. Only eat things whose labels you understand and which you believe will be good for your day. Eat 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day. Eat seeds and nuts and pay attention to whole-grain and dairy products daily.
Protein is the basis of the immune system, the hormones of thinness, muscles, nerves, organs and healthy skin. And protein is a fat burner. Not in the form of roasts or fatty sausages, but in fish, legumes or fresh granulated cheese, then your body emits energy to transform the food protein into your body’s own protein. And this energy is taken from the fat deposits.
Exercise is always important:
Nature has equipped you with up to 45% of muscles, the place where heavy fat is burned. But with laziness ,the muscles disappear and the love handles are formed. With less muscle, less fat will be burned. That’s why you need to stay active (see most effective exercise to lose weight), if you burn about 2,000 kcal each week, it will cause your metabolism to start burning fat. Walking or jogging for half an hour burns 400 to 500 kcal.
With these tips, you can lose weight or at least stay fit. The key is controlling your diet and understanding how the body works in order to burn fat.