The Only Tip You Need to Know for Permanent Weight Loss
Is there really a magic key to weight loss? Yes, there is. I am going to give you that secret. There is no reason for you to suffer anymore with being overweight.
You know that you have tried almost every diet out there and you weren’t successful over the long-term. Have you known anyone who has lost weight on the popular weight loss programs and kept it off over 5 years? I’m thinking of a certain rah-rah group in particular. The leaders may have enough motivation to keep the weight off for a certain period of time but many of them fail as well.
You don’t fail on diets because of lack of willpower or because you’re a glutton. You fail because you can’t fool your physiology using the methods you have tried. Your body will not adjust to caloric restriction or elimination of food groups using the methods you’ve entertained in the past (I don’t mean this to be quite the blanket statement; there are exceptions. I am speaking generally.). Your body doesn’t care that you are overweight. Your body cares about survival. You might think our bodies promote survival of the fattest. This is true, in part. We need a certain amount of nutrition and bodyweight to reproduce, but, of course, we know that being overweight or obese leads to a shorter lifespan. How many morbidly obese 80 year olds have you seen?
Some questions you might ask yourself are, “How did I become overweight?” “Why do I overeat?” “Why don’t I have control over food?” “Why can I not stop eating sweets or chips?” First, you have to consider our purpose on this earth, apart from your spiritual mission. Remember, we are here to reproduce. And to reproduce we need food. Our hunger drive forces us to find food. When food is available, we eat. There is no way we can avoid such a primal drive.
Not so long ago, food was not easy to come by. Humans spent most of their day hunting and preparing food. Available foods were whole foods no matter where on earth you lived. Foods were not refined and as tasty as they are today. Even most fruits were not particularly sweet. With the advent of agriculture, we saw overweight and sickly Egyptians. The early Egyptians found ways to make food more enjoyable. They consumed a diet high in refined grains, sweets, and saturated fat. They developed the diseases of civilization such as obesity, heart disease and Type II diabetes. We are no different than those early Egyptians. When food is available, we are driven by our primal hunger drive to eat and overeat, especially refined foods. Even healthy foods can make us fat because we have a tendency to overeat them as well, especially in the presence of refined foods.
Why do some of us overeat? The reasons are more complex than survival alone. The survival response makes us eat when food is available. In developed countries, such as the United States of America, food is readily available via grocery stores, convenience stores, and a plethora of fast food restaurants. However, overeating is driven by an addiction response. Simple carbs such as refined flour, sugar, and even fruit stimulate a pleasure response in the brain that is very addictive. Say you eat an ice cream sandwich after dinner. You are driven to eat another although you can feel the fullness in your stomach. Or maybe you grab some sweet dried fruit like raisins or prunes to satisfy the quest for sweet. Still not satisfying. You may eat some candy or chocolate at this point. Two hours later you’re thinking about ice cream again. Finally, after ingesting too many calories to either lose weight or maintain weight, you’re finally done for the evening.
So, what is the answer to this hell-like pattern that you have been powerless to break? Is it a low-carb diet? For many people, a low-carb or even a radical zero-carb diet (www.zeroinginonhealth.com) can work. Sometimes, these are the only type of diets that work for some people. I would suggest, however, you try my suggested method first. If my method works for you, there will be no need to lower or eliminate carbohydrates. It’s worth a try. What have you got to lose, other than excess poundage that makes you feel terrible physically and emotionally?
Now that you know why you have been overeating (barring a medical condition), let me give you the key to getting out of fat prison. Here is your personal gold key: for the first meal of the day, eat protein to satiation. Have some boiled or cooked eggs, some turkey bacon, and even a wedge of cheese if you like. Have you ever eaten cereal and milk for breakfast and were so hungry an hour or two later that you could eat the carpet? Or maybe you felt nauseous and shaky. Even if you ate oatmeal without sugar? It’s because you ate carbohydrates. Thank you for the low blood sugar, grand carbs (refined or not). Carbohydrates eaten by themselves will stimulate your hunger (real physical hunger) and appetite (sometimes a seemingly demon-driven desire to eat and eat) not just in the morning, but all day long! Even a bowl of black beans can do you in if you are insulin-resistant or susceptible to blood sugar fluctuations.
Now, it is possible that you can eat a junky carb, like a donut, at breakfast. First you have to eat your protein. And it depends upon how insulin resistant you are. Almost everyone who is overweight has some insulin resistance. Consider that it only takes 5 – 10 pounds of excess fat to cause insulin resistance or turn on the Type II diabetes gene in some people. This is where exercise can really help you. Exercise is another magic pill when it comes to decreasing insulin resistance. When insulin resistance is decreased, you can consume more carbohydrates.
The magic key is to eat a protein-heavy breakfast no matter what the rest of your diet or lifestyle is like. What if you want to do low-saturated fat? You can do a low saturated fat breakfast and quiet the hunger drive. A good suggestion for a low-saturated fat breakfast: egg whites, turkey bacon and low-fat cottage cheese. I cannot think of anything that would work for a true vegetarian unfortunately (check the McDougall website if you are interested in losing weight/reversing heart disease on a vegan diet).
If you want to take this one step further, I’d suggest always eating some kind of protein at your meals and snacks. You’ll ensure your blood sugar levels stay even and banish the out-of-control-hunger demons. I don’t want you to get caught up in the dieting mentality, but eating more protein overall may be a step you need to take.
List of Proteins
Hard,semi-soft, and soft cheeses (cottage cheese is great)
Fish (smoked salmon, tuna mixed with mayo, smoked Cod, etc.)
Whey protein powder mixed with water, milk or soy milk (but consume additional proteins)
Low-Carb Slim-Fast or other protein drink (but consume additional proteins)
In short, any animal protein you enjoy may be consumed.
The reason I suggest additional proteins with the whey protein or Slim-Fast is that liquids have a tendency to leave our stomachs quickly and may not have the satiating effect you want when consumed by themselves.
The protein breakfast is the magic key, the big secret you have been waiting for. Let’s ditch the diet slavery once and for all.