Choosing to eat and live healthy can be a major battle. I know in my own weight loss struggles, it took years before I landed on a plan that was right for me and my lifestyle. To be honest, I was ignorant when it came to nutrition. I, probably like many of you, just trusted what the government and mainstream food/health industry said when it came to eating healthy and weight loss. I counted my calories, ate the foods and servings that were recommended and even increased my exercise activity. But to no avail.
So, I decided to take my health and weight loss into my own hands and find the perfect diet. After weeks of research, and hours of documentary footage, it all began to click. I decided to go against the flow and adopt an old tradition of eating and nutrition. Some may call it primitive. I call it, eating real food.
In the past year, I have lost more than 80 pounds and regained my health, mainly from just changing my diet. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that food matters. So, I have decided to share with you the knowledge that I have gained in a series of posts focusing on the tips below. I will go into more detail on each specific weight loss tip and my own struggles to master them in the posts to follow, but for now I just want to introduce to you my template for weight loss and healthy living.
1. Drink The Right Stuff
- Water is the best thing you can drink. Next is green tea, coffee and some fermented drinks.
- Stop drinking pop, juice, energy drinks, sports drinks and diet sodas.
2. Ditch The Vegetable Oils
- A study by the University of Florida at Gainesville found that they contain up to 4.6% trans fat that’s not on the label – even the non-hydrogenated kind.
- Use organic extra-virgin olive and coconut oil, grass-fed butter or ghee. The wrong oils will derail your weight loss goals.
3. Break The Sugar Addiction
- Fats do not make you fat. Sugar makes you fat. Processed, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners do not help with weight loss. They actually make it harder for you to reach your weight loss goals.
- Use natural sweeteners like organic raw honey, 100% pure maple syrup or agave nectar; just don’t go crazy.
4. Eat Whole Foods
- The general rule here is “If it comes from a plant eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t eat it.”
- 50% of your meal should come from veggies. Fruits and nuts should be eaten less often, especially for weight loss; just eat the right ones. The majority of your carbs should come from fruits, nuts and non-starchy veggies.
5. Go Gluten Free
- If your goal is weight loss, cut all grains and gluten.
- If you are just maintaining your weight and considered active, eat only 100% whole/sprouted grains and seeds; but still try to eliminate your gluten intake.
6. Think Differently About Dairy
- Stop drinking milk. When milk is pasteurized, all the beneficial probiotics and enzymes it naturally contains are gone. That’s why 60% of all adults can’t digest it properly – causing inflammation, poor digestion and bloating. Switch to unsweetened almond milk and full-fat coconut milk as a substitute when cooking.
- Only eat organic, full-fat yogurt and cheese from grass-fed cows as a treat.
7. Be A Picky Meat Eater
- Try and eat 100% grass-fed or pastured meats and eggs if possible, and wild caught fish and seafood.
- Animal protein can be some of the most nutrient dense food you can eat. 25% of your meal should be from animal proteins.
I know, easier said than done, right? But if you can apply just one of these tips a week, after 7-8 weeks you should feel and look better than you ever have. Plus, you will have a healthy nutrition template that leads to sustainable weight loss . Of course you should always consult with your doctor before making major changes to your lifestyle; I am not a doctor or nutritionist. I am just some guy who has applied these 7 tips and I have never been healthier.
Remember, this is an introduction to a series of posts on each specific tip. I will go into more detail, scientific research and information on each subject. Until then, do some research of your own. You should never blindly take advice from anyone in regards to your diet and health. Also, find and engage in a community that shares your weight loss and health goals. Accountability and support from peers or family could be the extra push you need to move towards a healthier lifestyle.