Of all the diet myths that exist, the most harmful is undoubtedly the one stating that you have to suffer to lose or maintain weight, either counting calories obsessively, eliminating every pleasurable carbohydrate from your diet, or consuming so much meat and bacon that you eventually succumb to a delicious morsel of warm, freshly baked bread. Numerous studies have shown that extremely strict diets have a high dropout rate, lead to cravings, hunger, and, in some cases, depleted energy supplies. You don’t have to give up a social life, stop going to your favourite restaurant, or forego the latest business events for your body to be a lean, mean machine.

Replace Refined Sugar with Life-Giving Antioxidants

The most important step to long-term weight loss involves a change of mentality and busting common weight loss myths. One of the most prevalent “untruths” states that the best way to shed pounds is through a low-fat, low-calorie diet. The latest research shows that cholesterol and saturated fats are no longer the enemies to heart health that they used to be. Rather, when it comes to obesity, heart disease and Type II diabetes, the main culprit is sugar. This is often hidden in foods such as crackers and bread.

These foods, when consumed habitually, shunt massive amounts of glucose into the bloodstream, causing insulin resistance, hormonal distortion, and the conversion of blood fats into HDL (‘bad cholesterol’), which increases the risk of heart disease. Sugar also bombards fat cells with extra calories to store away, making it harder to lose weight. By no means do you have to forego carbohydrates altogether. Just make sure you obtain them from the right sources. This includes low-glycemic fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, immune-enhancing plant factors, and phytonutrients.

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Power Up On Protein

Leslie Kenton, health expert and author of best-selling book Skin Revolution, notes that proteins are made up of different combinations of 22 amino acids. Up to ten of these are considered ‘essential’ and not made by our bodies. If just one of these essentials is missing, our body cannot synthesise proteins the way it needs to. Animal sources of protein contain ‘complete protein’ – meaning that all the essential amino acids are present. Good vegetable sources of protein include lentils and pulses. These should not be consumed excessively since they can be difficult to digest unless consumed in sprout form.

Going Raw For Health And Beauty

Enjoy cooked foods by all means, but try to balance them out with raw foods. The biophoton (light) energy of produce is, to a great extent, destroyed when we cook them. Plus, cooked fibre loses its ability to efficiently clean our intestines. Vitamins, minerals and the natural water in fruits and vegetables are sadly lost when we heat food to high temperatures. Another good suggestion is to try a healthy vegan diet. See this page for some suggestions on vegan diet plans.

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Don’t Forego Fat

Consume life-giving Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids in a ration of 2:1 respectively. Source Omega 6 fats from nuts and avocados. Source Omega 3 from wild Alaskan salmon, walnuts, flaxseed oil, and delicious cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil.

The above list of foods are varied enough to ensure you can lose weight and eat just about anywhere – if you order wisely, of course. Avoid hidden sugars in sauces, dressings, biscuits and bread, consume fiber-rich, organic fruits and vegetables, and make sure your muscles stay in good shape with quality protein sources. Finally, remember that the right ratio of essential fatty acids is a crucial component of helping you stay slim!

Written by Jane Sandwood

Article Date: November 2017