To figure out how to lose weight for good, we need to first understand how our body works and what makes us gain all the extra weight in the first place.
The human body is hard-wired or programmed to survive. That’s how the human race has out-lived many species and survived.
Based on this fact, we know our body has special mechanism to keep us alive, such as the fight-or-flight response when we’re in a dangerous situation.
Let’s talk about nutrition a little…
There are 3 macronutrients that make up all the foods that we eat - carbohydrate, protein and fat.
I’m going to focus mainly on carbohydrate here…Carbohydrate’s main function in our body is to provide energy. Energy for us to breathe, for blood circulation, thinking, walking, running, etc. Everything that happens in our body needs energy.
Most of the time this energy comes from food we eat, specifically carbohydrates. Our body can, in very rare occasions, convert protein into carbohydrate for energy. But we don’t want this to happen because it means losing muscle mass.
Our body can also convert fat to carbohydrate to use as energy. This is usually the results that we wanted in terms of achieve weight loss goal.
Ok…now we know the function of carbohydrate, then let’s look at where our carbohydrates are coming from.
A typical American diet consists of lots of carbohydrates and most of us are not aware or thinks that it is good carbs, then it’s okay to eat.
Let’s look at a typical healthy diet…
Breakfast: oatmeal or cereal with milk or granola with yogurt, and a latte.
Mid-morning snacks: granola bar
Lunch: turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread, baked chips, an apple.
Afternoon snack: trail mix made with granola, chex mix, nuts and a latte.
Dinner: Grilled chicken, brown rice, steamed vegetables and orange juice.
Do you spot all the carbohydrates?
Oatmeal, cereal, granola, granola bar, latte, whole wheat bread, baked chips, trail mix, orange juice, brown rice.
These are “healthy carbs” right?
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Our body needs carbs for energy. What happens when we consume more carbs for energy than our body can use up.
Our body does not have a switch that you can flip at the end of the day to purge the excess carbohydrates eaten.
Remember, our body is a survival machine. It’ll convert all the excess calories from the carbohydrate into fat for storage for use later.
Why does the body do this? Because of survival. Our body stores the excess energy in preparation for possible famine or starvation.
It is this mechanism that human beings have lived for as long as history.
This weight problem starts here. When was the last time you didn’t eat for at least 24 hours because of lack of food (not for medical reasons)?
The answer to this question is “NEVER” in 99% of the population.
So our body is preparing for something that is almost never going to happen. Just like the dooms’s day people.
Our body also creates body fat to protect us from toxins in our environment (namely the food we eat and air we breathe). Many environmental toxins are fat-soluble, and that’s how the body can hide them away from the rest of the body.
As days go by, the fat storage increases alone with your weight and your risk of developing chronic illnesses.
Excess body fat interrupts the endocrine system, resulting in thyroid problems, hormone problems and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
We now know when we consume more carbohydrates than our body can used up, it gets stored as body fat and stays there until something happens.
To achieve weight loss (specifically fat loss), we need to stop the body from making more body fat and start using what is already stored.
First of all, you need to restrict carbohydrate intake and focus on eating only high quality, nutrient-dense carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables and beans.
Then, you need to increase your physical activities that will help create an energy deficit along with the diet change.
The diet change stop the body from making more fat, while the physical activities will create an energy deficit that will force the body to use stored up fat for energy.
And fat starts to melt figuratively. When this happens, the toxins that’s been stored in the body fat is released into the blood stream, and you’ll feel an initial “lousiness”. But your high quality, nutrient dense diet is going to save you.
All that extra vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from the fruits and vegetables that you’re eating is going help boost your body’s detox system and get rid of the toxins.
In no time you’ll feel brand new, lighter and fresher, with more energy.
And that’s how you loss weight for good.
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Disclaimer: Weigh loss is never a desired goal for growing children. Weight management in children should be supervised by an experienced provider, such as a pediatric nutritionist, who can determine your child weight management goal.