If you’ve been researching and learning about the kind of real food diet that we recommend, then you know that we tend to go in a different direction than the mainstream diet habits. We don’t obsess over calories, and we realize that the kinds of foods we eat is much more important than how much. At the same time, we totally understand the desire to lose weight. We believe that with a switch to a real food diet that we champion, the weight will come off. Of course, there are always a variety of factors when it comes to weight loss outside of diet and exercise, like toxins and the health of your thyroid. But if you’re looking to drop some weight quickly, then you may restrict your eating habits even further. However, that does not (and shouldn’t!) mean that you remain starving all the time. This post explains the method of staying satisfied while shedding pounds.
“Attention all hopeless dieters! I come with exciting news. You know how you feel cranky, irritable, stressed and starving? You don’t have to feel this way, and you do not need to keep starving yourself in order shed the pounds. Before you keep reading, you better march right over to your kitchen and grab a PFC snack so you can continue reading this without getting HANGRY. I am committed to helping you absolve your guilt about eating with the rest of this post.
I realize you may be feeling incredibly uncomfortable (and confused) with the idea of consuming calories right now when you know that you could “last” a couple more hours without eating. “How could it ever be a good idea to put food in when I’m trying to push the pounds out?” you might ask. Let me begin by clearing that up.
1) Restricting is a lose-lose situation. You may feel like you’ve won when you successfully skip a meal and are able to keep it together until your next meal, but this method will backfire on your weight loss. When you are hungry, your metabolism is already slowing down in attempt to conserve energy until you properly fuel it again. When you restrict, your body works against you which is why you feel tired, cranky, and find it nearly impossible to concentrate. This happens because your metabolism slows down to compensate for the energy it needs from food that it’s not getting. Not only will you feel lethargic and deprived, but your body won’t let go of its fat stores without a fight because it knows that it needs them for back up energy. So do yourself a favor and EAT! We understand the thought process behind cutting back on calories, but this approach is detrimental and will only set you up for yo-yo weight loss and gain for years to come, all while continually damaging your metabolism. That’s the exact opposite of what you’re goin’ for, right?”