It’s easy to get tricked into buying diet products in the health-food store, or that new fat melting supplement that you know isn’t going to work but you buy anyway.
There is so much misdirection out there, and today I want to discuss this in some detail.
Let’s discover if you are eating the right diet to support health and weight loss, or if you may need to tweak things a little 😉
How to choose foods for weight loss
You know the saying you are what you eat? It is very true. But these days it actually takes some searching and education to really understand what is in your food. Many packaged and convenience products look healthy, but aren’t, and many take away options that seem like a healthy option aren’t.
So let’s break this down a bit.
The nutrients in our food fall into two categories: macronutrients and micronutrients.
- Macronutrients refer to the three main substances required in large (macro) amounts in the human diet: protein, carbohydrates, and fats.
- Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, and other compounds required by the body in small (micro) amounts.
We need a mix of both to stay healthy.
These days we are presented with a huge – I mean HUGE – variety of food choices. Most of these options do not have your health in mind – they have your hard earned money in mind. It is made to keep you coming back for more, and the way to do that is to add sugar, fat and salt. Quality of the ingredients is also not usually high on the priotiy list, it just needs to meet the governing standards and be as cheap as possible so the end product can be competitively priced. Then it is wrapped up in appealing packaging to get your eye, all based on constant marketing strategies to keep the brand or product on trend and appealing.
There are many ethical companies who make amazing products – but how can you identify them? It takes some digging! Start by checking if they display their ethics on their website. Companies that put time and expense into creating a truly healthy product will proudly display this on their site.
I’m getting off track a bit here… back to our original topic!! How to Lose weight Eating MORE!
The key to choosing the best food that not only can help you lose weight, but also keep you healthy, is by choosing foods based on their nutrient density.
Nutrient Density for Weight Loss
Nutrient density has 2 different definitions. Among conventional practitioners, nutrient-dense foods are defined as those that are high in nutrients but relatively low in calories. The current nutrition guide endorsed by conventional medicine, the most nutrient-dense foods are:
- Whole grains
- Unsalted nuts and seeds
- Lean meats and poultry
- Fat-free or low-fat dairy products
However, some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet are sourced from animals and contain high amounts of fat, such as organ meats, red meat, and full-fat dairy. Adding these into the diet are a great long term strategy to ensure all your nutritional needs are met.
- Butter from grass-fed cows (preferably raw) or Ghee for more sensitive people
- Liver from grass-fed animals
- Eggs from grass-fed hens
- Cod liver oil
- Fish eggs
- Bone broth – from organic free range stock
- Wild salmon – not farmed as that has a high chemical load
- Whole yoghurt or kefir
- Beef from grass-fed steers
- Organic Beets
Generally speaking, adding these high fat items to the diet will still result in weight loss as long as no carbs, refined foods, or alcohol is consumed.
If you still struggle with weight even eating a nutrient dense diet, then you could have a sub-optimal thyroid function, adrenal hormone dysregulation, fatty liver, toxin overload, or methylation issues. The best way to know is to get functional testing, and work with a trained professional to balance the body once you have some thorough diagnostics done.
Don’t put up with these symptoms:
- Weight gain
- Brain fog
There is a better tomorrow when you have the answers to your symptoms and expert health guidance.