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The 3 Biggest Weight Loss Strategy Mistakes

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Guy: After working in the health and fitness industry for ten years I can safely say there are a lot of skewed ideas when it comes to what it takes for long-lasting weight loss. Sadly there’s a lot of hype and slick marketing at play that relies on glossy magazine style imagery and quick fixes.

It’s not exactly headline catching titles when the real message is to simply ‘eat real food’ for long lasting health, and then the weight loss will follow. Sadly it’s usually a celebrity endorsed product that promotes a quick sale with cheap products followed by the bog-standard count your calories lark.

So after observing this time and time again I thought I’d write my top 3 worst weight loss strategies that really don’t factor in the most important part; our long term health! So even if this seems common knowledge to you, maybe it’s worth sharing with a friend, as it really could help them if they are doing any of the following…

1. Follow a Low Fat Diet

food myths low fatThis theory sits quite comfortably within the weight loss world. Fats are packed with energy and too much of it will make you fat. You’ll also be in danger of high cholesterol and heart disease… Really? This is so simplistic and quite outdated. We’ve interviewed numerous health leaders around the world and they all say the same thing; Inflammation causes high cholesterol, along with weight gain issues stemming from dysregulated hormonal and digestive systems. I seriously avoid low fat foods as they are usually high in sugar/carbs and will be doing us no favours. Our body truly needs fats. Even our brain is made up of 70% saturated fat, so yes, it needs saturated fat!

I include good quality fats with each meal and have done for years. The last thing I’m worried about these days is weight gain or heart disease. I avoid the man-made fats like vegetable oils and margarines… yes the ones that claim to be ‘healthy’. My suggestion is to do your homework on this topic as it’s super important. Remember, no one is going to look after your health more than yourself. You can start your homework here with these videos. So if you are following a low fat diet to lose weight, maybe it’s time to think again.

2. Eat a Low Calorie Diet

low calorie dietIf you see low calorie claims on a label, beware! Just like the low fat myth, low calorie fits well within the ‘diet’ industry. The amount of people I hear wanting to go on a diet to lose weight is astounding. What they should be saying is ‘I really need to change the food that goes in my mouth’ because restricting the amount of food you eat isn’t the answer. Eating quality healthy whole foods is (including LOTS of good fats with every meal).

Many so called ‘diet’ foods and low calorie claims come packed with crazy ingredients and e-numbers galore. From weight loss shakes to low calorie breakfast bars, it’s a minefield! Do you think this will actually benefit your long-term health? Personally I don’t. From what I’ve witnessed over the years, most people who restrict calories and diet, generally pile the weight back on when they stop. This isn’t sustainable and is also seriously disheartening. Also, many people that use weighing scales don’t factor in muscle mass/loss and also fluid loss/retention. Generally, fad diets work in the short term because the body is measured inaccurately and only tells part of the story. This does not in anyway help with long-term health. If you want to learn why counting calories doesn’t work, click here.

3. Follow a Punishing Exercise Regime

exercise myths running weightlossThanks to TV shows like the Biggest Loser, there is a common belief that you have to follow punishing exercise regimes to lose weight. Whilst I’m a big advocate of daily exercise, the last thing I would do with my clients who wanted to lose weight was push them to the point of breaking. Here’s a few things to consider if you think it’s necessary to be punishing yourself at the bootcamp or in the gym to lose weight.

The more you exercise, the more your appetite increases and the more you eat. So people generally eat more of the bad foods that hinder their weight loss. Increased appetite does not mean a license to eat more bad foods. In fact it’s the opposite. The harder you train, the more you have to look after your body and eat healthy nutritious foods. Exercise is a form of stress and the body must be fed accordingly to enjoy full recovery. Also, over-exercising can cause a stress hormone response including hormones cortisol and epinephrine. This can effect the metabolic system which means yes, weight retention. Also, if your daily diet is wrong, you could be creating an insulin response after every meal. If the body is producing insulin, guess what, you can’t burn body fat, so all those punishing workouts are actually counter productive.

Like I said, I’m all for exercise… and if you want to go hard in your workout… great! But as a standalone weight loss strategy? I’d be looking at the bigger picture.

So the moral of the story? If you truly want great health for life, and lose weight in the process, clean up your diet first. If you are not sure where you should start first, start here and download our free info packed eBook.

Can you think of any others I’ve missed? Do you agree with this? Do you know anyone who is always on a ‘diet’ but struggles with their weight? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below… Guy

 

 

Why I Do Not Eat Wheat

Why I Don't Eat Wheat

By Angela Greely

Angela: Wheat… it’s a delicate topic, and a topic we feel well worth looking into. The aroma of toast & vegemite wafting under your nostrils in the morning is enough to make anyone’s heart sink when you’re avoiding wheat. But hey, we’ve come to the conclusion that we are better off without it, & we wanted to share with you why.

Resounding feedback from health and wellness circles worldwide is that wheat makes you sick and fat! I have never heard anyone say they have taken wheat out their diet and felt like crap. I always hear things like: I lost 5 kilos; I don’t have brain fog anymore; my skin is glowing; my asthma or joint pain has gone…

Modern day wheat isn’t the same as wheat from the 60’s. It’s so far removed from it, after years of geneticist’s hybridisations to increase yield (make it easier and cheaper to grow). Wheat gluten proteins experience considerable structural changes with hybridisation. “Modern day wheat contains higher quantities of genes for gluten proteins that are associated with celiac disease” 1. Could this be the cause of increased cases of celiac disease and gluten sensitivities?

 

Regain Health Eliminate Wheat

If you’re interested in finding out more from an expert in the field then we recommend the book “Wheat Belly” by Cardiologist Dr William Davis, MD. He treats his cardiac patients with diet alone and the message he voices is quite clear: “don’t eat wheat and reverse heart disease”.

His story is compelling as he followed a low fat diet including lots of healthy whole-grains while running 3 – 5 miles everyday and ended up with diabetes! He also treated his patients with a similar ‘recommended government’ diet and watched their health decline. Dr Davis had a light bulb moment and eliminated wheat from his patients diets and saw miracles happen. These changes included patients with extreme joint pain go from hobbling to running among a long list of radical improvements.

Eat good quality natural fats, eliminate wheat!!!

 

Bad Building Blocks of Wheat

  • White and wholemeal breads have been shown to increase blood sugar levels just as much as some chocolate bars. Repetitive increases in blood sugar levels can cause insulin resistance that shows up as visceral fat. This can contribute to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
  • Amylopectin A (a carbohydrate found in wheat) increases blood sugar levels more efficiently than about any other carbohydrate, including table sugar. It’s a super starch that is highly fattening.
  • Glycation (bonding of sugar molecules to proteins or lipids) of cartilage – the more wheat products we eat the higher and more frequent we increase our blood sugar levels. Cartilages in joints are long-living cells and are incapable of reproducing. They are heavily affected by glycation. The more we raise our blood sugar levels the more damage we are causing our joints. This is irreversible.
  • Gliadin (protein found in wheat) is an appetite stimulant and has been compared to cocaine in terms of its addictive nature.
  • Wheat contains the wheat germ agglutinin, which blocks leptin receptors (the ‘satiety hormone’, a hormone, which regulates the amount of fat stored in the body. This makes it impossible to lose weight. Dr William Davis goes as far as saying this is one of the possible causes of worldwide obesity.

Common Benefits of Eliminating Wheat

  • Natural weight loss
  • Enhanced mood
  • Better quality of sleep
  • Increased clarity of thinking
  • Gastrointestinal relief
  • Relief from joint pains
  • Improved asthma symptoms
90% of health problems in most people improve!

 

If you are one of the very few that do not notice any major changes to your health when eliminating wheat then rest assured, as there will be metabolic changes occurring. Blood sugar levels will drop, inflammation and blood pressure will reduce and you’ll benefit from improvements in nutrients absorption.

Conclusion

Here’s a challenge – try and eliminate wheat from your diet for 30 days and see how you feel. It’s easier than you think and you’ll soon gravitate to a myriad of alternatives that are readily available. Breads, pastas and baked goods are the best place to start and can be replaced with whole foods like meat, fish, vegetables and fruits.

Check out the food diaries below for a wide range of ideas to get you started:

You can also try making wheat-free alternatives using almond meal and coconut flour instead of conventional flour. We have some awesome recipes here to get you started on your new health journey :)

References:

1. Van den Broeck HC, de Jong HC, Salentijn EM et al. Presence of celiac disease epitopes in modern and old hexaploid wheat varieties: wheat breeding may have contributed to increased prevalence of celiac disease. Theor Appl Genet 2010 Jul 28.

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Learn Why We Don’t Fear Fat

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By Guy Lawrence

Unravel the myth

‘97% fat free’ or ‘low fat’! Ring any bells? If you are buying and consuming products that contain these or similar claims, replace them if you care about your health.

All food companies are interested in, is selling products. If public perception is that ‘fat is bad’ then companies will play on this big time! Trust me, if it’s fat free you can guarantee it’s loaded with sugar/carbohydrate.

Food companies maintain that sugar forms a useful part of a balanced diet, but an article in the British Medical Journal in 2005 warned: “Sugar is as dangerous as tobacco and, in terms of world health, far more important.”

Will fat give me high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is formed within the body, not from the fat we eat and it is an integral part of maintaining a healthy heart and cells.

By replacing fat with a high sugar/carbohydrate diet, your blood sugars are constantly being elevated. This results in overuse of your pancreas as it secretes insulin to regulate fluctuating blood sugar levels, which in turn increases cholesterol.

Fats also play a role in transporting essential vitamins around the body (A, D, E, K). These vitamins aid you in maintaining healthy skin, nails, hair and teeth as well contribute to the metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins. Without the fat, vitamins are unable to be transported around the body making you nutrient deficient, which slows down your metabolism.

And saturated fat?

As long as you keep it clean and natural, I’ve no doubt (in my opinion) that saturated fat is not the culprit here. In fact, I’d go as far to say that saturated fat is a vital component to good health and actually aids weight loss and assists your metabolism. If you’re struggling to agree with me at this point, like I said earlier, check out the facts for yourself. A great place to start is a book called Good Calories, Bad Calories by science journalist Gary Taubes.

He lays out a compelling argument to today’s conceptions regarding food, and from my experience, I couldn’t agree more.

What fats should I avoid?

A simple rule of thumb is this; if it is not completely natural, avoid it. A good example of this is; extremely heated, homogenised, processed and hydrogenated fats. Eat these at
your peril.

  • Look beyond the marketing of a product. If it’ s fat free, be very wary
  • Fat does not make you fat
  • Avoid any fat that has been through some kind of process at all costs; as stated as above

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