Eat Real Food
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Want to lose weight? Eat real food. (The rest will take care of itself.)
If you want to be healthy, you need to provide your body what it needs to function properly. Could it be any simpler than that? No. Sadly, most people believe if it says "healthy" on the box, then it must be healthy. Or if it says "natural," then it must be natural. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The typical "convenience-based" Western diet is toxin rich and nutrient poor. This amounts to a two-pronged attack on their health: They damage their body with an ever-increasing load of toxins, while simultaneously starving themselves of the nutrients their body needs to repair the damage and thrive. Their metabolism suffers, their organs suffer, their immune system suffers, they begin aging prematurely and, not surprisingly, march inevitably toward unnecessary weight gain, poor health and disease.
Rather than write a 15-page article on "how to lose weight and live a healthier life" I'm just going to "point you in the right direction" and provide some additional references.
First things first: If your body doesn't have access to the nutrients it needs, you will constantly crave food. If the food you eat to satisfy your hunger is unhealthy, you will deplete existing nutrients even further and create more cravings. This leads to an unhealthy vicious circle of ever-increasing weight gain and reduced health.
You can break this cycle by cutting out highly processed, inorganic convenience foods ("food" that comes in a box and has a long list of ingredients you can't pronounce) and replacing them with organic whole foods. What is an organicwhole food? Basically, it's a food that is labelled organic (which means it isn't loaded with chemicals, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, etc.), and, ideally, consists of ONE ingredient. A potato is a whole food. An apple or an orange is a whole food. A cucumber, a head of lettuce; Chicken, hamburger, steak, fish, eggs, milk, nuts, etc...all are wholefoods.
But, again, make sure you're looking for the label "organic." Example: Corn is a "whole food," but 90% of the corn in the US is now genetically modified. If you're not sure why you should avoid genetically engineered food, I highly recommend that you watch one or more of the videos available here: http://AvoidGMO.com
(Side note: Keep in mind that nearly every "positive" word you you hear about a new product or technology, is taken from studies that are funded and controlled by corporations that are connected to that product or technology. Worst of all, U.S. regulatory agencies are staffed and influenced by individuals connected to the products and technologies they're supposed to regulate.)
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