So, it’s been exactly 1 hour and 24 minutes since your last meal and you’re absolutely starving. Wondering why?
The reason you’re still ravenous could be as simple as eating the wrong ‘healthy’ foods. For years we’ve been conditioned to believe that successful weight loss boils down to a low-fat diet that follows the calories-in versus calories-out formula, but it’s now thought this is the exact reason we pile on the pounds, instead of shifting them in the long term. Let’s investigate calorie counting, and bust some of the biggest myths surrounding weight loss and reveal how to beat cravings and maintain your ideal weight for life. You’ll also experience improved brain health, feel happier, sleep better and have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Conquer your cravings, feel full – and lose weight for good with the No-Hunger Diet plan.
The calorie myth
Overeating doesn’t make you fat, but instead the process of getting fat makes you overeat. Eating a low-fat diet can end up expanding your waistline. Low-fat foods are almost always high in processed carbs, which send insulin levels sky high. And since this hormone is the ultimate fat cell fertiliser, it makes fat cells grow.
The fat cells suck in and store too many calories, leaving too few for the rest of the body, which is why we get hungry and our metabolism slows down. The real problem is not too many calories in fat cells, but actually too few in the bloodstream to serve the needs of the body. As long as those fat cells are hoarding too many calories you’ll be battling hunger, and while you can lose a few pounds on a low-calorie diet for a short while, your body will eventually fight back. The ‘all calories are alike’ model no longer works. It would be ridiculous to say 100 calories from an apple is the same as 100 calories from cola.
Foods affect the body in different ways – way beyond energy input. Every time we eat, hormones, metabolic systems and even gene expression change based on what we put into our body. Those effects can make all the difference to weight stability, weight gain and avoidance of chronic diseases.
Retrain your fat cells
So what’s the solution? A three-phase wholefood diet can be followed for the long haul. The programme targets the underlying cause of weight gain and not the symptoms. This means that you’ll be working with your body so that you eat until you’re satisfied, snack when you’re hungry and forget calorie counting for good. And you get to eat tasty food that keeps hunger levels low.
The advantage of fat is that it helps you avoid eating too many processed carbs, as it’s filling and doesn’t leave you feeling deprived. Emphasize the wholefoods, lean protein and unsaturated fats found in nuts, avocados and fatty fish. You’re even allowed a small amount of dark chocolate every day! The main source of calories in chocolate is saturated fat, which isn’t the enemy the diet industry would have us believe. As there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to following the three-phase diet – your body determines the rate of weight loss that’s right for you based on your age, size, physical activity level and genes. Watching portion size, eating the right foods and making sure you stay active allow your fat cells to open up, releasing their calories back into the body so it has a more sustained access to fuel, which results in a slimmer body.