How to lose weight with hypnosisWhy Do We Struggle To Know How To Lose Weight?

Smaller portions aren’t always the answer…

Being overweight isn’t usually caused by how much a person eats, but more by what they eat. The idea that people get heavy because they consume a large amount of food is incomplete.

Eating large amounts of the right type of food has been shown to be the key to success in how to lose weight and what makes new eating habits doable for the rest of your life.

What makes us overweight?

What makes people overweight isn’t that they eat so much more, but that a higher percentage of their calories comes from low-nutrient foods, such as sugar, refined carbohydrates, and non-essential fats.

A high-calorie, low-nutrient diet that is very low in fibre is perfect for weight gain, and also for disease to take hold.

Regardless of anyone’s metabolism or genetics, it’s possible to achieve a normal weight once on a high-nutrient diet. Even people with a strong family history of obesity will lose weight effectively with appropriate modifications to their daily dietary intake.

What’s an example of a low-nutrient diet?

A shocking two-thirds of the average calorie intake in modern countries consists of fat, sugar, and refined (ie white) flour. The calories in sugar are called ‘empty’ because they provide absolutely no nutrients, and those calories are often hidden in processed foods and snacks. Sugar isn’t always labelled as sugar, and can be disguised in ready-prepared and processed foods because it’s often given a different name. More on this later.

If two-thirds (by calories) of your food each day consists of such low-nutrient foods, there is little room left to get the proper levels you need of all the essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals etc) to have a healthy body.

White bread is an excellent example of a low-nutrient food. Here’s why:

Wheat has 25 nutrients removed in the refining process that turns it into white flour. Just 4 of these nutrients are replaced (iron and vitamins B1, B2, and B3), and, on average, 87% of the essential minerals zinc, chromium, and manganese is lost.

That’s low-nutrient foods, what about anti-nutrients?

If a food that you eat needs more nutrients for the body to use it than what the food itself gives, it is an anti-nutrient.

Continuing to live on these foods can gradually create a toxic overload in your body and rob it of the vital nutrients it needs to function.

Anti-nutrients can also come from deep-fried food, cans and plastic containers, alcohol, painkillers, antibiotics, pollution, environmental chemicals in water, and excessive free radicals from smoking.

An anti-nutrient overload on your body makes it very difficult to eliminate toxins. When those toxins can’t be removed from the body, they may be stored in fat cells for our protection. Our adipose tissue is primarily an energy reserve – but also stores the toxins that we can’t remove.

Back to hidden sugar now…

Here are some foods that you may not know contain sugar:

1. Salami, pepperoni and other cured or dried meats. These often contain seasonings, and can be laced with sugar.

2. Peanuts. We’d expect honey-roasted peanuts to have sugar, but watch out for what sugar-free varieties. “Seasoned dry roasted” peanuts and other mixed nuts can have added sugar. Same goes for peanut butter, so read the label.

3. Bread. Unless it’s homemade, it probably contains sugar (which may be listed in the ingredients under a different name – see below). “Multi-grain” doesn’t mean it is healthier than white bread as both can have added sugars.

4. Water. Vitamin Water contains sugar, again probably listed in the ingredients disguised as something else.

5. Yoghurt. Many yoghurts contain a lot of added sugar in the fruit flavouring. Try adding your own fresh fruit to a plain yoghurt instead.

6. Energy bars. The (short-lived spike of) “energy” often comes from plenty of added sugar.

7. Salad dressing. Many contain added sugars, especially those that are “fat-free”, as the sweetness is often used to replace the flavour lost when the fat is removed.

8. Baked beans. Tinned baked beans have added sugars (and salt) although some brands are trying to reduce this now.

9. Tomato soup. Condensed and ready-to-eat generally can contain added sugars, as do most tomato sauce-based ready meals and pasta sauces.

10. Crackers. Some contain added sugar, often as glucose syrup.

If you want to know how to lose weight, it’s very important to get into the habit of reading and understanding food ingredients labels. And it’s important to know all of the different names used for sugar so that you can recognise it when it’s included in a food.

Here are 65 alternative names for sugar:

Barley malt
Castor sugar
Rice syrup
Barbados sugar
Date sugar
Evaporated cane juice
Dehydrated cane juice
High fructose corn syrup or HFCS
Fruit juice concentrate
Free flowing brown sugars
Brown sugar
Demerara sugar
Malt syrup
Buttered syrup
Glucose solids
Granulated sugar
Cane juice
Golden sugar
Maple syrup
Cane sugar
Diastatic malt
Golden syrup
Turbinado sugar
Grape sugar
Yellow sugar
Corn syrup
Ethyl maltol
Agave nectar
Corn syrup solids
Sorghum syrup
Powdered sugar
Cane crystals
Confectioner’s sugar
Icing sugar
Raw sugar
Corn sweetener
Carob syrup
Fruit juice
Invert sugar
Refiner’s syrup
Crystalline fructose
Beet sugar
Table sugar

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