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You want to lose weight, but you can’t shed more than 5 lbs no matter how hard you try. You workout on the treadmill religiously, but you still have a gut that won’t budge. You are eating the way your nutritionist tells you to, but you still feel like crap.
Does this story sound familiar? You are not alone.
Dieters who consult with traditional dietitians have heard it all before: eat plenty of healthy whole grains, drink 64 oz. of water a day, and cut down on saturated fat. The problem with this approach is that most people who follow this approach continue to struggle with weight, and become yo-yo dieters.
The USDA is affiliated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the governing body of nationally recognized nutrition professionals. The Academy continues to push the whole grain dogma in its official literature and certification programs. The USDA also happens to be the governing body of the national agricultural industry. Considering that fact that wheat, soy, and corn make up the majority of the United States’ agricultural production, you’ll never find any official U.S. organization recommending that you eliminate these foods to be healthier. Since registered dietitians are licensed by the government, they follow the USDA guidelines.
If you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired after sticking to the traditional USDA nutrition guidelines, the time has come for you to listen to your body and not the government.
The first thing that you should do if you can’t lose weight is to eliminate wheat from your diet. You need to make nutrition choices based on how your own body responds. While going gluten-free is the biggest trend in nutrition right now, it’s not just gluten (a protein found in wheat) that causes inflammation and digestive issues.
There are other reasons why wheat can sabotage your weight loss:
Wheat is addictive.
According to Dr. Mark Hyman, wheat is “a super drug that makes you crazy, hungry and addicted”. To process wheat, your digestive system breaks wheat down into polypeptides called exorphins. Exorphins bind to opioid receptors in the brain, making you feel the same kind of high that your feel after you go running or after you use heroin. That’s why you feel so awesome after digging into a giant bowl of whole wheat pasta. This feeling makes you want to eat more and more. Over time, this prevents weight loss, no matter how hard you work out.
Wheat is a filler in junk foods.
Wheat is hidden as a cheap filler in many junk foods. Taco Bell taco “meat” for example, was found last year to only contain 35% beef. The rest is fillers and flavorings, including wheat. Wheat is also used as a filler in sauces and marinades, and as a thickener in soups. Think that chicken nuggets are mostly made of chicken? Think again. Wheat is a binder and thickener in processed chicken strips. Most pastries and baked goods contain wheat unless they are specialty gluten-free and wheat-free items. Wheat is added to so many boxed foods, that you need to choose whole food ingredients and make food yourself to avoid hidden wheat. If you must eat prepared foods, always scan the ingredient labels for hidden wheat.
Wheat is inflammatory.
Inflammation is caused when your body senses an internal intruder. Your immune system triggers a series of events to fight infections, including the release of white blood cells to “fight” the intruder. This happens when some people eat wheat. Wheat contains compounds that cause some people to become inflamed as a response to the perceived internal threat. Inflammation can cause your body to hold onto excess water weight. This is why many people wake up feeling puffy and bloated after a night of indulging in pasta, beer, breads, and pastry desserts.
Wheat raises your blood sugar faster than table sugar.
Dr. William Davis, author of the book Wheat Belly, has found that eating whole wheat bread raises blood sugar higher than eating a Snickers candy bar. When your blood sugar skyrockets, your body releases the fat storage hormone insulin. This prevents you from losing fat, because you are in a constant battle to burn it off at the gym while your body is busy storing it.
You have to eliminate wheat from your diet for good if you want to geel great and break your cycle of self-sabotage.
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