It’s a good question. The answer to the question is the reason why so many people struggle to reach their ideal weight.
You probably haven’t lived through a famine. But many of today’s “staple foods” — with poor ratios of nutrients to calories — starve your body of essential nutrition.
Despite getting enough calories, your body thinks it’s starving because it’s not getting sufficient nutrients. So, it protects you by storing fat, slowing down your metabolism, and making you hungrier.
The good news is…
There’s a simple way to avoid this and instead, kickstart your body’s weight loss switch.
The Leptin Switch: Deactivating the “Starving” Body
The key hormone that regulates body weight is called leptin.
When you’re healthy, leptin curbs hunger, reduces sugar cravings, speeds up your metabolism, and signals your liver to burn fat.
Pretty neat, hey?
But when your body thinks it’s starving, it becomes leptin-resistant.
Additionally, since starvation is a type of stress, your body also produces more cortisol (the “stress hormone”).
This makes you even more leptin-resistant. And the fat-producing symptoms get worse.
But the good news is you don’t have to push yourself harder at the gym, or wonder why you just can’t seem to lose those last five pounds.
All you need to do is feed your body the right foods so that your body knows it’s not starving, and voila…
Your body will no longer be leptin resistant…and you’ll experience the healthy, permanent weight loss you’ve dreamed of.
Telling Your Body that the “Famine” is Over
If you’re like most people today, you eat cereal from boxes, snacks from plastic bags, meals from frozen packages, and salad dressing from bottles…Right?
So what’s the problem?
The original foods these things come from — such as wheat, berries, rice, corn, and soybeans — are fractured, refined, depleted, or stripped of their nutrition in some way.
Then they’re processed with unhealthy oils and sweeteners, turning them into unnaturally rich, high calorie foods that starve you of nutrition, fatten you up…
Luckily, it’s really easy to avoid all of this.
Simply tell your body that it’s no longer starving by making the switch to whole foods. Why whole foods?
Whole foods contain more fiber, bulk, and water than refined foods. So you can fill up on fewer calories — a lot fewer.
They’re a whole lot fresher and tastier too!
There’s a simple chart to help you choose the nutritional balance you need with whole foods, so you can achieve your ideal weight without dieting.
Choosing Whole Foods with More Nutrition Per Calorie
Whole Foods Market™ recently adapted the nutrient scoring system created by Dr. Joel Fuhrman — regarded as one of America’s leading nutrition experts.
He calls this ratio “nutrient density.” The more nutrition per calorie, the higher a food will score.
Below is Dr. Fuhrman’s original 1-100 scoring system:
Flour products, oils, and refined sweets have the least nutrition per calorie… practically zero. They’re also the most calorie-dense foods.
Animal foods aren’t as bad. But with scores ranging from 3 to 15, they’re not the best foods for losing weight or staying slim.
Vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains give you the most value per calorie. That’s why they have the highest nutrient density scores.
They give your body maximum nutrients with minimum calories; helping you lose weight, have more energy, feel younger, and become less vulnerable to disease.
So what’s the bottom line? Make vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains the staples of your diet — and you will quickly feel great, and look great!
For permanent weight loss without the hunger, check out these mouth-watering, wholefood recipes that are part of the Naturally Fit Forever, a 90-day program that will…
Wow your taste buds and help you lose weight naturally!
About the Author:
In 2009, he teamed up with Michael Klaper, MD, and founded The Vegetarian Health Institute.
The Institute offers a delicious whole food way to stay slim, strong, and vibrant, called Naturally Fit Forever.
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