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Are you looking to lose weight? A whole food diet can help you feel better both physically and emotionally. Learn what you need to know.
Are you one of the 45 million Americans wanting to lose weight this year? If so, a whole food diet is your answer.
The benefits of eating whole foods include quicker weight loss, healthier digestion, lowered risk of chronic health issues, and increased energy.
Keep reading to learn exactly how a whole food diet can help you lose weight and become your best self.
Bye Bye Processed Foods, Hello Weight Loss
Processed foods contain tons of additives and chemicals that can lead to weight gain. This is mostly because our bodies do not know how to process these additives.
They are hard to digest meaning they remain in our bodies and turn to fat or they take up a lot of our energy. Additives can also lead to malabsorption of healthy micronutrients and food sensitivities.
Processed foods are also super high in calories, fat, sugar, and sodium. All of these increase weight and risks for obesity and chronic diseases.
Eating whole foods eliminates the intake of any additives, artificial ingredients, and high-calorie processed foods. So, our bodies can get back to normal processing, have more energy, and quickly lose fat.
Low in Refined Sugars
Processed foods almost always contain refined sugars such as corn syrup or table sugar. These types of sugars are high in calories and often turn to fat within the body. They also increase the hormone ghrelin which is known as the "hunger hormone". So, eating refined sugars will actually make you feel hungrier.
Eliminating refined sugars by eliminating processed foods will, therefore, keep you from feeling hungry all the time and cut down your fat and calorie intake significantly. You will lose weight fast.
Low in Trans Fats
Trans fats are associated with overweight and obesity, specifically abdominal fat. They are also known to increase the risk for many chronic diseases such as heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
Trans fats are basically "fake" fat. They are artificially made with the goal of preserving foods longer. Anything artificial is not good for our health or our waistline.
Luckily, with a whole foods diet, we eliminate all artificial and processed ingredients. The fats that you will be getting from real foods are considered "good fats" and are healthy for you.
Low in Complex Carbohydrates
Complex carbohydrates are hard for the body to break down. They consist of items made of sugar molecules like breads, pasta, and starchy vegetables.
Breads and pastas are processed and therefore are not whole foods. By cutting these complex carbohydrates (think potato chips, too) from your diet, you're lessening the work your body has to do to break down these items and digest them.
Your digestion will improve and you will also burn fat quicker and easier. This is because carbohydrates are the first thing burnt when exercising. If your diet is low in carbs, then it will burn fat next. This is why so many athletes and bodybuilders stay away from complex carbohydrates.
High in Healthy Protein
A whole food diet is typically high in healthy proteins. Whole protein foods are high in protein but low in fat and calories. They include lean meats like fish and poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, and legumes.
Protein is important for a whole foods diet because it provides the energy needed to replace complex carbohydrates and sugar. They also provide amino acids that are necessary for breaking down fat and regulate hormones that control weight.
Plus, healthy proteins keep you full longer.
Stay Full Longer
Without additives, sugar, sodium, and fat, whole foods keep you full longer.
Clean foods are made up of nutrients your body needs. Your body needs time to break down and utilize these nutrients. This means they stay in your body longer and keep you feeling full for longer, too.
Plus, clean foods are sometimes harder to chew and eat causing you to eat more slowly. Eating slower actually has a lot of health and weight benefits. It makes you feel full quicker and for longer.
Eating a whole food diet boosts metabolism because it provides your body energy from the large amounts of healthy nutrients. It also lessens the work going toward digestion and gut balance (meaning more energy for you versus your digestion system).
When you have more energy than what is needed for basic physiological functioning (basal metabolic rate), then your metabolism increases because it has extra energy to burn. This will help you will you with your exercises and sleep, too.
High in Soluble Fiber
Diets high in soluble fiber are great for weight loss. Fiber improves digestion, which increases energy levels and the rate of processing foods. Healthy digestion means getting rid of fat and unnecessary nutrients quicker.
Soluble fiber is also important for appetite. It can decrease the hunger hormone and increases hormones that keep you feeling full.
When consuming a whole food diet, you will have access to many foods high in soluble fiber such as beans, flaxseed, fruits, greens, and sweet potatoes.
Increased Water Intake
Whole foods are full of water. Water is one of the best ingredients for weight loss. Water eliminates toxins from our bodies, aids digestion, helps break down nutrients, keeps you from feeling hungry, and increases energy levels.
By eating whole foods, you're increasing your water intake and rate of weight loss at the same time.
Boost Your Whole Food Diet
As you can see, eating whole clean foods has many benefits that aid in weight loss and healthier you.
One way to boost your fat loss is through reaching ketosis. While a whole food diet will help, Kegenix can speed up the ketosis process. Ketosis is a metabolic state that leads to serious fat burning. Essentially, fat is converted into ketones and used for energy.
Ketones are also important for brain functioning and muscle building.
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