The power of whole foods for weight loss
For a no-strings-attached healthy eating and weight loss experience, it is vital to increase your consumption of single-ingredient and whole foods.
By doing this, you automatically eliminate the added processed additives and preservatives of mystery-ingredient food which do not lend themselves to weight loss. Think of it this way: if you can barely pronounce them or list the components verbally, then how on earth is your body supposed to process them?
The simpler the compounds of our foods, the easier it is for the body to digest them. Not only this, but the benefits of said wholefoods will also be maximized as the positive nutrients will not have to extracted from the bad in order for the body to benefit from them.
Whole foods (such as brown rice, beans, legumes, most fruits and vegetables, and nuts) also tend to be very filling, reducing the risk of over-consumption and also providing us with many essential nutrients we need to thrive.
Whole foods are one of the things you can consume as part of or as a complete diet to experience the natural ‘side-effects’ of weight loss.
Placing your attention and energy towards ensuring the foods you eat are as whole as possible instead of as ‘low-carb’ or as ‘low calorie’ as possible is a more effective way of achieving lasting weight loss and feeling like an overall healthier version of you.
Read on to learn more or follow along with Gloria’s story on my Facebook page. Gloria (video at right) has been sharing her journey on the Metabolic Reset Program via Facebook, including many of the wholesome recipes and ingredients which have helped her!
What about fruit and vegetables?
This is a pretty obvious one, yet still people tend to neglect the nutritional power of fruit and vegetables to help fill you up and stop you craving the sugary, high-carb foods which won’t help the weight loss!
The benefits of consuming more fruit and vegetables are endless.
They are full of countless nutrients, minerals and also assist with digestion and gut health. They are full of water, which helps you reach that ever-elusive water need. Most fruit and vegetables are also low in fat, high in antioxidants, and high in density, meaning you feel fuller faster.
Research shows we tend to eat the same volume or weight of food every day, regardless of its calorie content. If we want to lose weight, it’s crucial to stick to lower calorie foods to make up this volume. And that’s where fruit and vegetables play an important part in a weight loss diet.
Many fruits and vegetables weigh a lot, which adds bulk to our diets. The difference here between other heavier foods is that veggies are much lower in calorie content.
This isn’t the case with dried fruit, however! The lower density with dried fruit means that it becomes easier to consume more than single portions, increasing the caloric intake and also the danger of over-eating.
What about snacks?
Snacking should not be seen as a negative thing.
Snacks help with portion control, slower, more mindful eating, and with digestion. Our bodies are on rotation to need and expect something to digest every three hours or so – depending on whether the portions we eat have been balanced and nourishing.
This means that having some healthy, wholefood snacks on hand to rely on can mean the difference between binging at dinner time or eating just enough to satiate you through until breakfast the next morning.
What about protein?
Adding more protein to your diet - alongside a good balance of other vital nutrients - has been proven to assist with weight loss.
The reason for this is that protein contains amino acids which are highly effective at breaking down food, increasing metabolism, and assisting with digestion. A diet high in protein will also help you feel fuller for longer, meaning that food cravings will be reduced and any tendency to overeat or binge-eat will be less likely to occur.
Breakfast Like a King
Eating a breakfast high in protein is the key to ensuring you’re set up for a productive, energized and nutrient-filled day, as it will keep you full for longer and give your body the kickstart it needs to start metabolizing.
This means digesting both the food you eat and whatever experiences your day has to offer you!
Good examples of high-protein breakfasts include:
Oatmeal - with nut milk (cashew or almond) for that extra protein-kick and topped with fresh fruits to add to the taste!
Chia seed pudding - a lighter option, and again making this with nut milk is a great way to add to your protein intake. Sprinkling chia seeds on anything really is a good way to increase protein!
Any dish including eggs, avocado, spinach, and other greens are guaranteed to satisfy your protein needs. Take care not to use too much oil in preparation as this can add unnecessary fat!
Do you want to start eating differently to help your body achieve an optimal level of health? Don’t quite know where to begin?