The Organic Slim Down: How Eating Organic Foods Can Help You Conquer Weight Loss Problems
Obesity is a serious epidemic in the U.S. It contributes directly to many illnesses, many of which are deadly, and yet it is a problem that seems almost impossible to conquer. As I battled my own weight problems, I often felt powerless and depressed. Dieting is not only futile in the long run it also delivers a heavy blow to the ego. After all, with all of the information around us, how can we not lose the unwanted pounds? After years of yo-yo dieting I was certain I had the lowest level of willpower of anyone on the planet.
Finally, after years of feeling defeated and usually gaining all of any weight lost right back again, I realized that I wasn’t alone. Talking to other people with weight problems led me to the conclusion that willpower isn’t the problem, so there must be some other reason because simply eating less food didn’t work.
One day, I was hit with a revelation while speaking with an older fellow whose family came from Europe. Being overweight like me, he told me that he felt as depressed as I had been. He felt like such a failure since no one else in his family had ever had a weight problem. We talked for awhile and it started to become apparent that it was the European diet that they lived on that made the difference. When he grew up, no one ate fast foods or pre-packaged items from supermarkets. They just didn’t exist. Everything was fresh and what they did buy from a store was organic. Perhaps it is the fact that modern Europe is experiencing the same serious weight problems as those of us in the West. Obesity is a worldwide problem thanks to the quick spread of Western eating habits.
Calories In/Calories Out Is Only One Part of the Solution
Of course, how much you eat still makes a difference in whether you lose weight or not. The problem is that simply eating the same foods as you always do leaves you craving more and more, and feeling deprived. If you have ever binged after successfully reducing calories for any period of time, you understand that feeling even if you don’t know why it is happening. Most likely, you’ve felt as I did, that your will power is non-existent and you have failed. Stop thinking like that. It’s not true.
According to a 2012 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over 1/3 of the people in the U.S. are not just overweight, they are obese. If losing weight was just a matter of willpower that number wouldn’t be nearly so staggering.
So, now you may be asking, if it isn’t a problem of will power, or lack of personal fortitude on your part, what is the problem? The problem is the types of foods we all eat. We’re surrounded by foods designed to make our hectic lives easier, and faster. Just about every item you see in a local supermarket is loaded with extra fillers, chemicals and hidden sugars and starches. Some of the ingredients in those foods are not only a nightmare for the metabolic system; they are actually dangerous and can cause serious disease.
Common chemicals found in everyday foods that you’ll see on any supermarket shelf include:
- Growth hormones
Another serious culprit in the weight loss conundrum is High Fructose Corn Syrup. It is a sweetener, but it is far worse than common processed sugar. It is believed that High Fructose Corn Syrup, often called HFCS is far harder for the body to process. Instead of turning the sweetener into nutrients, it turns into toxins that are stored in the body’s fat cells since it doesn’t know what to do with it. Even worse, those toxins prevent the body from using the good energy stored in those cells, and could even cause tumors.
If you take just one trip to a supermarket and actually look at the nutrient labels on canned, frozen or any prepared foods, even those marketed as healthy or low-fat, you may be horribly surprised. Those chemicals are everywhere. One of the biggest shocks for me was looking at a container of low-fat/low-calorie yogurt that I had always assumed was very healthy and a great diet food and finding it was loaded with HFCS! That was a real eye-opener.
Why Processed Foods Are Diet Killers
Those chemicals are not only dangerous, they are very addictive. They trigger chemicals in the brain that block leptin, a protein in the brain that regulates metabolism and gives you the feeling of fullness that lets you stop eating. Blocks it! No wonder you have no self-control when you eat a potato chip, scoop of ice cream or slice of cake. That delicious comfort food is making your body crave more and think it is still hungry.
How Organic Foods Solve the Obesity Problem
No chemicals in your food mean no addiction, no cravings and no deadly side effects. It can take a few days, maybe even a few weeks to get used to eating naturally, but eating foods that are simple ingredients meaning they have no other ingredients is the best way to clean up your system and get your hormones flowing properly and your metabolism working again.
It won’t take long for you to feel some of the great effects of eating organic foods. Even though I could easily understand how eating organic foods would be healthier and possibly prevent diseases caused by the chemicals in processed foods, I was skeptical at first, that eating natural foods would make a difference in my ability to stick to a diet. Within days I was shocked to find that I no longer had cravings that sent me running to the refrigerator in the middle of the night, or made me have dreams of eating and caused me to think about food day and night. Eating organic foods had a secondary benefit that helped me lose weight faster than I ever thought possible too. After just a few days of eating a natural, organic diet I had more energy than I had ever remembered having. With so much energy, exercising every day was easy and something I looked forward to instead of dreading.
Since I wasn’t expecting the results I had, I needed to find out why I was suddenly so energetic. Organic foods have a higher level of nutrients in the (word missing), and those nutrients are denser. So smaller amounts of foods have more of the food our bodies need to maintain energy and feel healthy and happy. I never realized how much my old eating habits had not only made me feel mentally depressed, but actually depressed my entire body.
What You Eat is as important as How Much You Eat
We have been trained to think only of calories. That leaves a lot of leeway for companies that prey on our desire to eat fewer calories but still feed that craving the foods are creating.
As an example of the difference in quality between calories, if you were to eat a 100 calorie pack of shortbread cookies your body would still have to attempt to process the HFCS and other chemicals. In addition to the difficulty of using what little nutrients actually exist in those cookies, the chemicals in them would leave you wanting desperately to reach for a second package, or even worse, different high-calorie foods. Conversely, if you eat 100 calories of raspberries that delivered 100% real food quality, no chemicals or additives instead, your body would make complete use of the foods and there wouldn’t be the cravings or the dangers that exist in the pack of cookies.
There are many reasons organic foods are better for you, and help promote healthy weight loss that will stay off. Natural, organic foods are higher in fiber. That helps you feel full, and is easy for your body to process. Non-organic foods are typically very low in fiber. That leads to constipation and more cravings. Organic foods also produce secondary metabolites that increase your body’s fuel burning capacity. Those metabolites include flavanones, tannins, phenolics, and resveratrol. There’s no need to take expensive drugs that are not only costly, but a potential health risk to create those physical responses. Simply eating right will do it. Along with getting all of the benefits of high-powered weight loss drugs by eating organically, you’ll be able to keep the weight off easier because you have begun to eat properly to naturally produce that response. When you take over-the-counter or prescription drugs to lose weight, the minute you stop it comes right back on. That’s because you haven’t changed the eating habits that caused the weight gain in the first place.
The old saying “you are what you eat” has never been more true. If you feel that eating organic foods is too expensive, keep this thought in mind the next time you go to the grocery store: if you can’t pronounce the ingredients in a food—don’t eat it. So, get started today. Eat organic, natural foods and start losing weight that will leave you feeling great and will stay off. Of course, exercise is essential in a healthy new lifestyle, but it will be easy with all of that extra energy you will have.