Weight loss

Are you looking for an easy and effective way to be thinner, healthier and more energetic?Weight loss

Have you tried various diets, lost some weight but just piled it all back on again?

Well, if you have, look no further.

Following a whole food, plant based eating pattern is a great way to achieve all of these things for good, without calorie counting or going hungry.

Does this sound too good to be true? Well, the good news it’s not. Thousands of people have seen amazing results by following the Food for Life award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) program designed by doctors, nurses, and registered dietitians. (Click here for more info.)

PCRM president, Dr. Neil Barnard, adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research on what it really takes to lose weight and restore your body to optimal health. His studies have proven how you can get fast results – drop pounds, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improve blood sugar and more.

As Hillary, a participant from one study said:

“I think eight to ten weeks into the study, I had already lost thirty pounds (2 stones) and had been able to go shopping for new clothes. It was very, very exciting.”

“It was also exciting to start seeing the reactions of other people….People really noticed. They could see that there had been a big difference in my attitude and in how I looked physically. It was very inspiring.”

You to can experience this. You’ll be surprised at how immediate the weight starts to slip away. But that’s not all, it continues to slip away. (To read about the clinical research just click here.)

The food you eat is very powerful and can have an amazing effect on how healthy you are, how you look and how you feel, but it’s often over looked in favour of the latest super drug that promises the earth and delivers nothing.

This whole food, plant based eating pattern focuses on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating.

So ditch the junk food, the fast food and doughnuts, and follow these 4 Tips for losing weight the plant based way.

1. Eat fibre.

It’s brilliant at filling you up and tricking your stomach into thinking you’ve eaten a lot because fibre holds water and is heavy.

It has virtually no calories so your stomach tells your brain that you’re full long before you’ve eaten too many calories.

You can only find it in beans, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. You’ll not find it in meats, dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt, or eggs.

The fibre champions are legumes – in other words, beans, peas and lentils followed by vegetables and fruits and then whole grains.

2. Avoid fatty foods.

I know, I hear you. This is an obvious one. But is it? One gram of fat from a chicken, cow, fish or any other animal source equals nine calories.

Potatoes, bread, beans and pasta all have a lot of carbohydrate and people think they’re all fattening, but carbs have only four calories per gram, half the calories lurking in animal fat.

Just remember that it’s how you eat your carbs that’s the key. A baked potato is very low in fat and naturally low in calories, but as soon as you add butter, sour cream etc it adds tonnes of worthless calories. The carbs become a vehicle for animal popping calories. It’s the same with mashed potato – you’d normally add milk and butter, or toast – you’d normally smother it in butter or margarine. All laden with animal fats that pop double the amount of calories that the potato, bread or pasta have.

3. Use the GI Index. The what index? Let me explain…

Your brain runs on sugar – glucose, and when your blood sugar runs low, you immediately start to eat anything that will get your blood sugar back up. Your body demands it, but you have a choice.

By eating the right food in the first place these massive blood sugar swings will start to fall away and your blood sugar will become steady, but what are the right foods?

These are foods that are low on the glycemic index – GI. The glycemic index is a system for rating the effect foods have on blood sugar. Some foods make your blood sugar climb quickly – high-GI foods, while others have much less effect on blood sugar – low GI food.

If you have food cravings eat low GI foods such as beans, peas, lentils, most fruits, pasta and all green, yellow and orange vegetables. They will smooth out your blood sugar, reducing your cravings.

To check the GI values of many foods check out this website: www.glycemicindex.com

4. Treat problem foods like addictions.

If you’ve evened out your blood sugar and yet you still crave sugar, chocolate, cheese or meat, there’s a reason for that! You’re addicted to them in the same way someone has a drug addiction! I know, amazing isn’t it.

These foods have a very specific chemical effect within your brain, similar to the way that drugs do. They stimulate the same receptors. When you eat sugar, your tongue tastes it and this triggers the release of opiates in your brain. These opiates are natural painkillers. The release of the opiates triggers the release of dopamine. This is a brain chemical that is responsible for the feeling of pleasure, so whatever you were doing just as the dopamine was released, becomes your new favourite activity.

Similar opiate effects can be found when you eat chocolate, cheese and meat.

As Dr Barnard says:

We crave today what we ate yesterday. And if we skip unhealthy foods altogether, cravings fade away.

So there you have my 4 tips for losing weight the plant based way.

If you’d like to learn more about how food affects you, then sign-up to join one of my Kickstart classes.

The FFL Kickstart Your Health classes offer a chance to discover which foods are optimal for weight management, you learn about various health topics including blood pressure and digestion, and you get empowered with the practical cooking skills needed to help you on your journey to better health.

In the classes, you do all of this while enjoying me giving you a cooking demonstration and tasting delicious, healthful dishes in a supportive group setting.

At the end of each class you get a take-home packet of easy and affordable recipes to make at home.

I hope to see you at my next class!

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