Healthy Weight Loss – The top 3 foods that could be good to eliminate?
The path of healthy weight loss is not a straight one. It involves much more than regular trips to the gym and small portions of fruit and vegetables.
I find amongst other complex issues (even though it is reported that most standard approaches to weight loss and through diet and exercise are moderately successful at best) that specific food addiction and intolerance can be a notable factor of weight retention in my clients.
Dietary Changes and Food Sensitivities
Healthy weight loss – there are 3 foods commonly eaten that can often cause ill effects to the body and can manifest in bloating and feelings of lethargy. This in turn can create a vicious circle whereby the person has less motivation to exercise and more inclination to turn to the very foods for comfort that are causing the symptoms, instead of healthy meals:
Wheat, Sugar and Milk.
Before even thinking about personal training in the gym, I like to start with a new client by asking them to write a food diary to help me spot the areas that may need attention. I find that some clients wake up in the morning and have toast or wheat based cereal for breakfast, a biscuit for a snack and a sandwich for lunch. Then for dinner they may even have pasta, so you can see how the body can become overloaded by the side effects of wheat – bloating after eating is a giveaway sign.
You can get yourself tested for food intolerances through your doctor.
There are many people who do not even realise that they are intolerant to foods such as wheat and on the whole it is likely that if you are a pasta and bread fan, then you will feel better if you give it up for a while.
The reason so many people become sensitive to it is because it is commonly used as a cheap thickener and filler in many manufactured food. With such saturation in the market it would take a very strong constitution to tolerate it completely.
Foods that cause sensitivity are viewed as “stressors” so if you are consuming the same stressor on a daily basis, the body finds it hard to eliminate this toxin completely, which is why it is advisable to eat a varied diet and rotate the foods you eat.
Wheat is one of those foods that you will find everywhere and it is often hidden. It goes under the guise of “modified starch” too. So you can only really be sure if your food is wheat free if it says “gluten free” on the label.
When you give it up for a while you might feel withdrawal symptoms and be also be afraid that you won’t be feeding yourself properly. Wheat is the one product that panics people when you suggest that they find alternatives to it! But there are many alternatives to wheat products and the supermarkets now stock a good range of gluten free products. Brown rye is a good replacement, as are rice flour breads and pasta.
We all know by know that sugar is bad for us, it rots our teeth and piles on the pounds, but there is a deeper problem that it causes without even touching on the big one – diabetes. When we eat sugary foods, they give us a brief lift, but then the pancreas dump insulin into the body to mop up the excess blood sugar. This stresses out the adrenals to force it back up again, thus causing the peaks and troughs of energy throughout the day.
Sugar can also affect the balance of good bacteria in the gut, so if you cannot resist sugary snacks, try a probiotic to help replenish your friendly gut flora.
If you can wean yourself off sugary snacks, then you will no doubt feel much better, but to aid this transition taking chromium supplements can be helpful as it assists in levelling out the blood sugar throughout the day.
Eating frequent small meals rather than 3 large ones can help to level out the blood sugar too and prevent cravings. You may think that eating something every 3 hours or so will make you put on weight, but the opposite can be true.
I say milk and not dairy products. Yoghurt can be well tolerated; if you avoid the high sugar varieties and stick to natural yoghurt containing acidophilus and bifidus, then you might experience health benefits such as better digestion.
Pasturized cow’s milk though in the way it is treated is not, in my opinion, a healthy product. It can cause a multitude of ailments, mainly connected to skin and mucous. Many people report relief from many conditions such as eczema and catarrh related problems when they eliminate pasturised milk from their diet. Raw milk on the other hand is not treated in the same way and can provide health benefits, especially if the cows are allowed to feed on grass (not grain).
If you visit notmilk.com then you will find a huge amount of information surrounding this seemingly innocent product.
Try giving up these 3 foods and note how you feel, you may be surprised!