Five Things That Sabotage Weight Loss
In the time I've spent looking at practice members'
food diaries, one thing stands out---
We all know what is bad for us---the missing element
is the things we do that we think are GOOD for us.
Unfortunately, there is a great deal of disagreement
about what we should eat and not eat.
Vegan or meat eater?
Raw food or cooked food?
Low carb or low fat?
All of these ideas did help someone.at some time.
Some of them don't take into account the toxic, genetically altered world we live in today.
Some of them are just bad science.
So just what are the biggest weight loss errors?
1. Eating low fat.
You want to be less fat? So you decide to eat less fat.
Fat has been demonized since the 50's ---originally
in K Rations, made for the military. A government
researcher, Ancel Keys, decided that fat was a contributor to
heart disease, and his research has never been able
to be duplicated.
Fat is necessary for skin, nerves, mood and hormone
production. Good fats include marbling in meat,
butter, coconut oil and olive oil (as long as it is not
Bad fats include safflower oil, canola oil and margarine.
These oils suffer through chemical processes to
make them that pretty golden color---leaving them
full of the chemicals and heavy metals.
They additionally have preservatives, which when ingested,
don't know the difference between the fat they're
supposed to be preserving, and your own body fat.
The result can be artificially preserved body fat that
can be very difficult to get rid of.
The onset of fat-free eating was the first inkling of
the obesity epidemic in America.
2. Eating/Drinking Artificial Sweeteners
Seems like the best of both worlds, doesn't it?
Diet soda with no calories, no fat and NO NUTRITION.
The first problem is, it takes a bunch of chemicals to
create that little beverage, one of which is often caffeine---
and the caffeine-sweet taste combination can be a
The artificial sweeteners are carcinogenic (cancer-causing)
and the sweet taste is the most addictive drug in the world.
New research shows that even fake sugar makes insulin
respond in your body. (Unlike what the Diabetes Association
3. Eating Too Many Sugary Foods
Years ago, when I asked practice members about their sugar
consumption, they all replied that they did not eat sugar.
I realized that they meant no sugar from a sugar bowl on the
table next to the salt and pepper. I had to define sugar for them.
Sugar consumption includes breakfast cereals, prepared foods.
flavored yogurt, jarred sauces, like spaghetti sauce, ketchup,
pickles, mayonnaise and other foods. You need to read labels.
Also fruit is sugar. Bananas are definitely sugar.
Honey is a better sugar, but it's still sugar.
Fruit juice sounds healthy, but apple juice is apple-flavored
4. Consuming Whole Grains
Grains turn into sugar in the body. (see #3)
Grains are also heavily hybridized for shelf life and ease of
harvesting, making them almost inedible.
The hybridized grains have produced an entire generation'
of people with food sensitivities. And obesity problems.
5. Eating Roasted Nuts
Nuts are a great source of protein and fiber and some of
the nut oils are invaluable.
When you roast them, the oil becomes a trans-fat and the
protein is denatured, making it indigestible.
I won't even talk about the sugar-sweetened varieties, like
So what SHOULD you eat?
2. Vegetables except corn, potatoes and peas
3. Fruits except bananas, pineapple and grapes
4. Raw nuts
5. Raw seeds
* A note about the food pyramid. This little diagram,
far from being a healthy tool, is a political appeasement.
If you look at all of the foods, they are represented by
lobbyists in congress.