WEIGHT LOSS MISTAKE #4: YOU CUT OUT ALL THINGS CATEGORIZED AS “SUGAR”
While cutting sugars like high fructose corn syrup, fake sweeteners, and agave is great, some people take this way too far and cut out truly nourishing sugar too—fruits, fresh fruit juices, maple syrup, molasses, and even honey (!). Cutting out sugar completely can send your metabolism into a tail spin, hindering your body’s natural ability to store glycogen, which is necessary to convert inactive thyroid hormone (t4) to the active form (t3), that keeps your metabolism’s motor running.
Cutting out too many potassium rich fruits and starchy vegetables can also tank your potassium levels, which really screws with your thyroid function even more. This is not exactly a good thing for weight loss! This reason alone is why you should always question a “health guru” who’s instructing you not to eat fruit…
WEIGHT LOSS MISTAKE #5: DEPRIVING YOUR BODY
In my practice, excessive weight signifies a severe nutritional deficit. How do you resolve a deficit? Hint: it’s not by limiting or depriving your body of nutrients (limiting calories= restricting nutrients). If you think of your body like a bank account deep in debt, doesn’t it make sense to make as many nutritional deposits in to your bank account every day instead? Now we’re on to something!
Besides, if you are trying to eat a diet that is generally dissatisfying; you do not feel satiated or nourished, and you’re not working toward healthy weight loss. A good diet should reduce cravingsover time, NOT deepen them. You can lose weight while listening and responding to your body’s needs!
WEIGHT LOSS MISTAKE #6: FAT FREE DIETS
There is A LOT of misinformation out there about fat. “Fat makes you fat” is the most accepted notion, but where did this actually come from? Natural fats (butter, coconut oil, cream, egg yolks, lard, etc.) have been used for thousands of years with no “fattening” effect. The low-fat craze of the early 90′s had a huge brainwashing effect on the perception of healthy foods. When you choose fat-free, you naturally choose higher sugar/higher carb and low protein foods, because protein in its natural state comes with a healthy dose of fat! You also eat more of these foods because low-fat= low satiety, meaning you must eat MORE to get full than those who eat fat liberally.
Cutting out fat from your diet also robs you of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, because these nutrients are found only in fat. Therefore, fat free diets deplete you of more nutrients, and that is weight loss’s worst enemy.
WEIGHT LOSS MISTAKE #7: DRINKING LOTS OF WATER
Obey YOUR thirst, not some blanket requirement! According to Matt Stone in Eat For Heat, “No other creature is so removed from its own instinctual programming to the point of accidentally overdrinking. The mechanisms of the body generally prevent such a thing. Intellectual interference between our bodies’ needs and what we think are our bodies’ needs forms a barrier that can be quite problematic, especially when it comes to flooding out the electrical supply of our entire inner metropolis.” That’s all I’m going to say about that one—you can read more from Matt about the harmfulness of over drinking here.
BE PATIENT WITH YOUR BODY
Weight gain doesn’t happen overnight, and getting healthy to lose weight takes time. Respect your body by listening to your cravings and fueling it right. Previous Page