There are a lot of myths people seem to believe, when it comes to weight loss.
You have to eat a lot less – wrong
You have to eat salads and soup and drink lemon water – wrong
You have to stop eating fatty foods – wrong again
Well, the first two are obvious.
If you eat less, you’re just starving yourself, which is a stupid thing to do.
If you only eat lettuce, a cucumber and 2 carrots, you’re slowly killing yourself. The body needs a lot more nutrients to function properly.
Let’s stop at the fatty foods for a second
As you know, the body needs energy to stay alive. That energy comes from the food you eat and, most of it, comes from the carbohydrates you eat: bread, potatoes, sweets and so on.
Saying that bread makes you fat is wrong. Eating half of one for lunch though, does!
The thing is, our body needs to burn carbs to produce energy. Once you stop giving your body carbs, it will start to burn fat!
Typically, bread contains this: Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Vitamins K, B9, B3, B2, B1, Choline, Protein, Fat, Fiber and Carbohydrates. I know, I just wrote a bunch of stuff, but – depending on the type bread – this is what bread usually contains, nutritional composition wise.
I enumerated all of those for 1 reason only: all of the nutrients above (and I mean ALL of them, look them up and you’ll see for yourself) you can get from vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese!
Let’s talk potatoes: they have all of the nutrients bread has, and more: Zinc, Phosphorus, Manganese, Vitamins E, B5, B6, C and E, Water and Starch (which is a type of carbohydrate).
Again, you can get those from healthier sources, such as veggies, fruit, meat etc.
I’m not even going to bore you with how reducing sweets is beneficiary for your diet 😛
As I said, once you stop giving your body so many carbohydrates, it will start to burn fat. Once it starts to do that, the body starts to produce some ketone bodies, from the burning of fatty acids. The ketone bodies are used to produce energy.
It’s no big philosophy.
First of all, don’t cut your carbohydrate intake for good! The body still needs carbs, all the nutrients are very important! Reduce them, but don’t cut them off from your diet completely.
Then, there’s a difference between eating good fat and eating bad fat.
For example, french fries are bad, obviously.
But a piece of chicken breast fried in a teaspoon of olive oil (70-80 extra calories) is OK, or an omelette made with just a little butter (0.3 ounce or 10 grams, 70 to 80 extra calories).
Eating pork is OK too, everyone says it’s not good for your diet because it’s fat meat… I eat a piece of steak (pork) at least once a week and I still lost weight.
Last, but not least, don’t exaggerate with the healthy fat foods.
You know that too much of something is bad for you, right?
You see, ketone bodies are important, they are an important source of energy for the heart and the brain. However, if the levels of the ketone bodies in your system are too high, your blood PH will drop like a medicine ball to the ground and the result is…. diabetes. It can be fatal so, if you’re planning on eating a lot of fat foods, you should CONSULT A DOCTOR before trying anything that might actually harm you.
As you see, fat foods are actually OK to eat. As long as you don’t eat a greasy omelette for breakfast, a fat steak for lunch and vegetables fried in a lot of oil for dinner, you should actually lose weight.
Summing up, don’t give up on certain fatty foods.
Certain kinds of fat can be your friends too, as long as you don’t exaggerate.