How Eating Whole Foods Can Help You Lose Weight
As Americans, we are always pre-occupied with weight loss. We should be; we have become a very over-weight nation. There’s always some new pill or tonic being advertised; some new fad diet in the weight-loss industry. Lately it seems trends are heading back to what nature intended us to eat – good, wholesome foods. We hear a lot of talk about whole foods, but what exactly is a whole food anyway?
Whole foods are foods eaten just as nature intended them, without any change or processing…simple, no chemical additives or preservatives. Every food designed by nature has a purpose and an effect on our health, and whole foods are excellent foods to look at when seeking to lose weight or just be healthier in general.
There are several things that whole foods do not or should not contain. For example, oatmeal can be either a processed food or natural whole food. If it is quick or instant oatmeal, you can be sure that it is not a whole food and that something was taken out of or even added to it in order to make it “instant”. Steel-cut oats or rolled oats, on the other hand, would be a whole food.
Looking for something that has been added to your food choice would be a way of discerning if a food was whole or processed. If there is an added ingredient such as sugar, “natural flavorings”(most often not as innocent as it may sound), food dye, chemicals, artificial fillers or a name that you can’t even pronounce, you can be sure that these are not whole foods.
Some great examples of whole foods are foods such as bananas, grapefruits, tomatoes, cherries, and pears. These food items are provided by Mother Nature and are whole in their entirety as nature intended them to be.
Root plants such as beets and carrots are another good example of whole foods. Think of any fruit that you can pick yourself straight from nature such as an orange or an apple or a vegetable that you might grow in your own garden, and you will have an idea of what a whole food really is.
Whole foods help you to lose weight by the simple fact that they were designed to be absorbed and digested by your body. Organs like the liver break down enzymes; blood cells turns food into energy and so on. By eating whole foods in their natural state, you allow your body the privilege of working exactly the way it was intended to work.
When you put something foreign into your body like sugar, salt and fat, you can make your body go into fight or flight mode. Your body will attack these substances and will work twice as hard with no benefit to your health whatsoever.
Eating whole foods allows your metabolism and your energy as well as your digestion to work the way nature intended it to work, allowing for the proper absorption of healthy food and the maintenance of the weight loss you worked so hard to achieve!
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Cheryl A Major