It’s that time of the year when we bid farewell to 2017 and welcome 2018 with open arms.
If you’re part of the holiday crowd, I wouldn’t be surprised if you packed on a few pounds because it’s extremely difficult to eat healthily during the festive season.
Let’s not waste precious time and energy hating ourselves for over indulging because what’s done is done and we should be focusing our energy towards is undoing the damage of the holiday binges.
The great things about weight gain is that it can be reversed as soon as you make the decision to lose weight but in today’s article, I want to explore a system on how to lose weight without exercise or starving yourself.
Perhaps you’re suffering from an injury, a chronic inflammatory disease, mobility issues or whatever it may, I want to share some of my opinions and insight on how it’s possible to lose weight and be healthy even if your movement is restricted.
I’m a huge advocate of exercise even though I’ve suffered with an inflammatory disease called psoriatic arthritis.
Despite a ton of pain and being close to disability, I worked my way back to normal health and wellness.
A huge part of my rehabilitation came in the form of physical exercise. It is a fantastic way of clearing the lymphatic system, regulating the stress hormone and adrenals, losing weight and getting rid of inflammation in the body.
But, let’s say you can’t exercise just yet, does that mean you should let yourself go and pack on the fat? Absolutely not.
Does it mean you should eat whatever the hell you want until you are strong enough to exercise again? Hell no!
I remember during my recovery, even though I could barely walk, I placed a massive emphasis on fueling my body with healthy foods.
I wanted to completely eradicate inflammation in my joints and that started with reducing the amount of junk or inflammation-inducing foods.
I couldn’t exercise at all but I was the leanest I’ve ever been in my life.
At the end of the day, I was able to keep the weight off and even lose additional weight by simply eating specific foods and in specific ways. In today’s article, we’ll explore that exact system.
Why Certain Foods Are More Fattening Than Others
The very first thing I learned about weight loss and diet is that all foods vary in nature and their composition can either aid in weight loss or weight gain.
When you eat something, it is broken down into 3 main macronutrients: fats, protein and carbohydrates.
- Fats can be divided into healthy or unhealthy fats which either promote the increase in healthy cholesterol or unhealthy cholesterol.
- Protein provides the muscles with the building blocks required to stay strong and/or grow.
- Carbohydrates (especially simple carbs) is a quick source of fuel for the body because it breaks down rapidly and is converted into glucose.
If you’re a person in peak physical condition, a diet comprising of a healthy and substantial portion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins may be perfect for you to maintain your current physique.
However, if you have stubborn fat which you are trying to lose, what you eat starts to matter more and more.
In terms of fat loss, your body won’t burn stored fat as energy if it has a constant supply of glucose.
Where do you get glucose from? Foods high in carbohydrates or processed sugar. Does that mean you can’t eat any carbohydrates? Not necessarily.
Carbohydrates do play an important part in health and can be an excellent source of energy. It can also promote metabolic performance which goes a long way in losing weight and staying lean.
But, in this day and age, most processed foods are devoid of nutritional benefits like vitamins and minerals whilst being high in carbohydrate, high fructose corn syrup and a host of other fattening ingredients.
We already know that carbohydrates convert into sugar.
This, in turn, increases blood-glucose levels. Now imagine combining sugar into the equation, your insulin levels are going to be through the roof. What happens when there is a spike of insulin? Fat burning hormones are blocked or hindered.
It’s just a recipe for a disaster.
Like I said, not all carbohydrates are bad for you.
If you were to opt for complex carbohydrates which break down at a much slower rate in the body and doesn’t cause massive spikes of insulin, you won’t have such a problem losing weight.
Complex carbs like whole oats, brown rice and quinoa are amazing substitutes for traditional simple carbs like white rice, breads and white flour.
The problem with most carbohydrate-rich foods is that they are usually caloric dense.
Now, you may be asking, how do calories come into play? Good question!
Every single day, we expend energy and we intake energy through food.
If the amount of energy you expend in a single day matches the amount of energy you intake, your body composition will remain the same. This is known as maintenance.
The amount of calories you consume matches the number of calories you burn.
If, however, you eat more calories than you burn, you will eventually gain weight.
Similarly, if you eat fewer calories than what you burn, you’ll lose weight.
Because carbohydrate foods of today are so rich in calories, a little goes a long way in terms of caloric intake.
To demonstrate the difference, a slice of bread has a similar number of calories to a MASSIVE serving of salad.
You can stuff your face with salad whereas a slice of bread will only tickle your appetite.
Furthermore, in terms of vitamins and minerals, a slice of bread pales in comparison to a serving of vegetables!
To sum it up: Foods that are caloric dense and high in carbs, refined flours or processed sugar are not suitable for people who want to lose weight but are generally inactive.
The Diet I Used To Lose Weight Even Without Exercise
Alright, now that we’ve built the foundation of understanding how certain types of foods aid or prevent weight loss, I think you’re ready for the diet I used to lose weight without exercise.
I’ll be brutally honest, my intention to eat this way, at the time, wasn’t for weight loss.
I wanted to heal my body and rebuild my immune system.
The unexpected side effect of this diet just happened to be weight loss and it really opened my eyes to how easy it is to lose weight in a healthy way.
My goal was to minimize the digestive process and give it the healthiest and easiest foods to break down.
I also placed an emphasis on repopulating my gut with fermented fiber so that the healthy bacteria I consumed from probiotics could attach to my gut and feed on the fermented fiber. It just so happens that the foods responsible for accomplishing these goals happen to be nutritionally dense, low on calories, low on inflammatory properties and actually aid in weightloss.
Here’s a list of the foods I ate:
- Green leafy vegetables: spinach, lettuce, Swiss chard, mustard herbs, kale.
- Cruciferous vegetables: Cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts and so on.
- Root vegetables: Turnips, carrots, beets, sweet potato, onions and so on.
- Organ Or Fresh Meats
- Fruits (mostly berries and coconuts because they’re not high on the glycemic index)
- Non-animal based Dairy Products like coconut milk and almond milk
- Complex carbs like oats and brown rice (in moderation)
Here’s a list of the foods I avoided:
- White rice and white flours
- Most animal-based dairy products like excessive butter and cheeses
- Processed sugar
- Sodas, alcohol, fruit juices and other beverages high in sugar or caffeine
- Deep fried oily foods
- Takeout foods like burgers and pizza
On this diet, I didn’t concern myself with actually counting calories because there was no need. Vegetables are naturally so low in calories that you could stuff your face with them and still be in a significant caloric deficit.
What complimented this diet was the addition of herbal teas like green and rooibos tea, apple cider vinegar, bentonite clay and a ton of fresh water.
Apart from what I’ve already mentioned, I also implemented an intermittent fasting protocol into my lifestyle so as to minimize the digestive process and allow my body to deal with the inflammation, heal and cleanse itself. If you’d like to read more about Intermittent Fasting, please take a look at this article I’ve written.
Wrapping It Up
I hope you enjoyed this article and found value in the information I’ve tried to share with you. At the end of the day, a clean diet is a subscription that will never fail or disappoint you.
It may take time but you will most certainly see the visible results in just a matter of weeks.
I wish you all the best in your weight loss journey and don’t forget to read more of the article I’ve shared on this blog because there’s a ton of information that could help speed up the process or make it easier for you.
Also, feel free to comment below or send me an email if you need some help or a sounding board. I’m more than happy to help!
Have a wonderful day and may you be blessed with a healthy and fit body.
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