Eating healthy foods to lose weight requires eating a majority of high nutrient to calorie ratio foods, such as those listed in this food pyramid by Dr. Fuhrman. The good news is that you’ll find a variety of delicious foods on your journey to better health and a disease-resisting lifestyle.
We are a society obsessed with losing weight and dieting. In fact, we spent about $40 billion annually on weight loss programs, according to Rebecca Reinser of Business Week.
Restricting calories and using fad diets may work….temporarily. The problem is that your body resists, and any weight you may have lost is found again.
The problem is less how much we eat (although the super-size-it society is problematic) but what we are eating. The below graph shows what happens when we eat a typical carbohydrate based breakfast of cereal, toast and fruit. Our blood sugar is spiked resulting in a corresponding insulin spike. When our insulin levels rise, our bodies go into fat storage mode.
The increased insulin level results in a rapid decline in blood sugar so tiredness and hunger set in. We crave carbohydrates once again, overeat, and the cycle continues, leading to glycemic stress.
Glycemic stress has a negative effect on our whole body, causing an imbalance of our hormones, our brain chemistry, and our immune system. We lose insulin sensitivity, develop chronic inflammation and ultimately many of us end up with a chronic degenerative disease.
Healthy Lifestyle Solutions
Start by developing a few simple healthy habits. Never skip breakfast, and make sure it includes protein, complex carbohydrates and heart healthy fats. One easy option when you are not used to eating in the morning is to drink a USANA MySmart shake in the morning. You can eat healthy foods to lose weight.
Enjoy more fresh, nutrient-rich whole foods daily, including leafy greens, apples, broccoli, citrus fruits, and berries. Avoid processed foods and nutrient poor foods, such as sweetened breads and sodas.
Choose snacks such as olives, nuts, plain popcorn, hummus dip with cut up vegetables, yogurt, or string cheese.
Remove crackers, chips, pastries and sweetened drinks from your house. Make your environment safe from your cravings.
Consider a 7 day sugar-busting jump-start. USANA’s MySmart™ Start is a seven-day program designed to help you break your old unhealthy lifestyle habits and begin a new fitness regimen.* During the program you’ll drink two MySmart Shakes and eat 1–2 MySmart Bars daily along with taking the HealthPak™. It also includes a guide to using the MySmart Start Kit and a bracelet to help remind you to stay on the program.
Each MySmart Start Kit will include:
- 14 single-serve packets of MySmart Shake Whey Protein Base
- 14 stick-packs (2 boxes) MySmart Shake Milk Chocolate Flavor Optimizer
- 2 Peanut Butter MySmart Bars
- 5 Dark Chocolate MySmart Bars
- 3 Coconut Cashew MySmart Bars
- 7 HealthPak pouches
- 1 MySmart Start program guide
- 1 MySmart Start bracelet
You can find this sugar-busting cleanse on my website at: www.robinthomas.usana.com
*The USANA MySmart™ Start program lowers your daily caloric intake and recommends moderate exercise for best results. It is suggested that you take these products to your physician and secure their advice if you intend to change your diet, begin an exercise program, are pregnant or lactating, have allergies, are taking medications, or are under the care of a physician. Children under the age of 18 should not participate in the MySmart Start program, except on the advice of their health-care professional.