I want to talk about an issue that is actually a thorn in the flesh of a lot of people. Maybe you or someone you know is also having this same problem.
I assure you, this is going to help you.
If you or someone you know is having a HARD time shedding fat despite eating just one meal or starving yourself daily, then I want you to read this write-up very well
and digest it.
When you undergo a starvation diet, and you are not seeing result or you see result for few days and then the fat comes back, there are various factors that could be
responsible for it BUT the One I want to talk about in this mail is the one that has to do with your “Nutrition”.
Here is a DEEP truth for you:
Your body is designed to withstand and adapt to any inconvenient situation or environment it finds itself.
If you ask the average person (and this could be you too) the best way to burn fat, the first advice they give is: Go on a Diet by eating just 1 Meal Per Day!
Not only is this advice common, its sometimes being propagated by friends, partners, family members, and extended families who will see you at social functions, giving you a sneer eye and telling you exactly how many times you should be eating daily etc.
It’s sad that some fitness instructors as well are even propagating these typs of starvation diets. I see a lot of diets with various different names like:
1. Warrior Diet
2. South Beach Diet
3. Indomie Diet (Eating one indomie per day!)Diet
4. Atkins Diet
5. Pasta Chocolate Diet
6. Chicken Soup Diet (Eat it thrice a day!)
7. Zen Diet Etc!
The common relationships between all these diets are:
1. Restriction from eating at least three meals per day.
2. Restrict you to or promote the use of one type of food. e.g.Indomie or Chicken Soup Diet
3. Promises a quick Weight Loss From Starvation.
4. Strictly limit your intake of fat etc.
If you or someone you know are currently on this type of diet,
you are GREATLY exposing yourself to a Risk that will not
only seriously affect your health, but the fat you
shed temporarily will Come Back!
Let me explain this a little further by telling you a bit of Biology. For those of us who did “sciences” in secondary school, you will be familiar with this when I am done.
The human body was designed by God to respond to stimulus. When a mosquito stings you, or a sharp needle goes through your skin, your body’s sensory receptor, sends a
message to your brain that something dangerous is going through your skin, and then your brain tells itself that there is pain.
That is when you quickly feel a sharp sting and REACT to that pain.
It’s the same thing with FEAR.
Have you noticed that when you face FEAR (it could be fear of anything….), your breathing speeds up, your heart races and your muscles tighten? Your brain reacts to a stimulus by releasing chemicals that causes your heart beat to increase.
In the same way that your body responds to Pain, Fear and other conditions that are altered by your environment, so also is exactly how your body responds when you go
on a starvation diet.
Your body DOES NOT see it as a diet. Your body actually start to think that there is lack of food (famine)…and then it starts going into what is referred to as “survival or starvation mode”.
Survival mode is part of your body’s survival mechanism and what it does is:
1. It slows down your body metabolism and try to save as much energy as it can.
2. Breaks down your body muscle (Your body starts using your muscles for energy)
If you skip a day of eating, your body is not going to freak out and slow down your metabolism rightaway. Starvation mode usually kicks in after a continuous fasting or food intake restriction usually between 3 – 5 days.
Truth is…when you starve yourself, You Will Loose Weight! The starvation diet will produce quick weight loss.
But since you can’t eat chicken soup or Indomie Noodles once in a day all your life, your starvation diet will come to an end at a point.
And once you go back to eating normal food, your body that’s been in starvation mode….instantly discover a supply of food…and starts processing sugar and it up as fat in your fat storage cell again because it thinks that this is a one time opportunity to store before you go into starvation mode again.
And for those who go ON and OFF starvation diet, they continue in this vicious circle of losing fat and then piling it back on….
Can you see that if you want to permanently lose body fat and get fit and healthy, going on a starvation diet is not the way to do it.
What you need to do is combine a “Fat Loss Nutrition plan” With a “Fat Loss Excercise routine”
When you eat the RIGHT foods and you engage in portion control (which I’ll talk about in my next post), you will achieve what is called a Calorie deficit.
What is a calorie deficit?
A calorie deficit occurs when the amount of fat burned is more than the calorie supplied by the food you eat, and the result is fat loss.
In plain language, when you eat 2,000 calories of food a day and your body burns 2,500 calories, that is extra 500 calories is burn from the excess fat in your body.
SO for us to lose weight, we must eat in such a way that our body continues to burn extra calories every day while we lose weight over a period of time.
And we can do this by eating foods that will reduce the level of insulin that is being produced in our body.
These foods are foods that contain complex carbohydrates (rich in fiber vitamins & minerals), vegetables (contains micro-nutrients that boost immune system) and plant based proteins etc. These types of food reduces the secretion of insulin (that fat storing hormone) in your body.
And….FINALLY without wasting time, Here are the 17 foods that helps you burn fat off your body:
1. Plantain (Green)
2. Lemon (Zap some of it in water to drink daily)fresh-fruit-and-vegetables
3. Red & Green Pepper
4. Water Melon (Juicy!)
7. Soy Beans
9. Nuts (Cashew, Peanuts & Walnuts ) Contains Omega 3 healthy fat
11. Sea foods (e.g. Sardine, Crabs, Cray fish, Crustaceans)
12. Olive Oil
13. Onion & Garlic
14. Wheat & Oat based food (Wheat bread, Wheat meal, Quaker Oats)
16. African Mango
17. Brown or Ofada Rice (healthier than white rice)
There you go with the seventeen foods. However, While writing these foods down, I came up with two other bonus Foods:
1. Egg, plus the yolk.
2 Avocados (Popularly called Pear in Nigeria)
Add these foods in your daily food intake. They are readily available for you here in Nigeria and you can source them from the market.
Stop starving yourself today, don’t give yourself Ulcer.
Eat healthy with the foods I have listed.