The old saying that “a calorie is a calorie” is completely false! Even if you only eat 800 calories a day, if those calories are from sugary, starchy foods you are going to gain weight. If your food intake comes primarily from fructose and grains, you are at increased risk for obesity and pre-diabetes, which includes both insulin and leptin resistance, fatty liver, high blood pressure and high triglycerides. Insulin and leptin resistance in turn form the foundation for virtually every chronic disease you can think of, including heart disease and cancer. The answer is to turn the food pyramid totally upside down. Dramatically reduce or, ideally, eliminate virtually ALL grains and sugars, especially fructose. This in itself will go a long way toward preventing excess fat. But to be truly effective, you want to be sure you are replacing those refined carbs with vegetables and healthful fats. NOW you are entering a diet that wil allow your body to shift from burning carbs to burning FAT as its primary fuel. At this point, weight loss is not the only benefit you’ll reap. Research has shown that this type of diet is an effective prevention and even treatment strategy for cancer.Intermittent fasting is another powerful key that will help you transition your body from obtaining the majority of its fuel from glucose stored as glycogen in your muscles and liver, to the fat stored in your tissues. This is one of the most effective ways known to burn off excess body fat and eliminate sugar cravings. Check with our office to find out about a variety of lifestyle wellness programs and dietary guidelines that we offer.
STEP 1: PAY ATTENTION to everything you eat.Whenever you eat something it directly impacts your overall body functions, including the quantity of fat your body burns or stores. At first watching what you eat may seem like a chore. But soon it will just come naturally to you and you will look and feel healthier for it. Consult our food list for some healthy choices. Be sure to maintain a balance between proteins, fats and carbohydrates.Snack on veggies – just be sure you prepare them without dips or dressings. Fill up on fiber. Low density high-fiber foods are a good choice, such as oatmeal. Lose the yolk – egg whites alone are much less fatty and removing the yolk drastically reduces the cholesterol content. NO SKIN is better when you are choosing cuts of meat and most often white meat is leaner than red, which makes it a better option.Vegetables – raw or steamed. Adding butter, cream sauce, dressings or dips can skyrocket the calorie count. Breads and grain products and fruit — choose the higher fiber foods whenever possible, like brown rice, 100% whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta. This will help your body process better and store less fat. Fruits are best eaten in their natural state, raw instead of juice. Don’t overdo it on the foods in this category as they are rich in calories.Proteins – lean cuts of meat are the best choice. White meat such as chicken, fish and turkey provide the protein with less fat than red meat.