I’m often asked if I really do think that we should eat a “starch based” diet for overall health and for weight loss. YES!! I do! After years of study and research and looking at how people around the world have eaten throughout the ages, it seems to me that The Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and Dr. John McDougall have the best handle on healthy eating and weight loss.
- Whole foods
- Plant foods
- Starch centered
- A wide variety in fruit, vegetables and starch
- Eat as much as you want until full
By eating a wide variety of fruit, vegetables and starch you don’t get bored and by eating until you are full, you don’t compulsive eat. You can eat all you want until you are comfortably full, and still lose weight.
The reason this works is calorie density. Many many studies have been done in the last few decades confirming this. If you eat “ad libitum” or all you want untill you are comfortably full, from low calorie dense foods, you will lose weight, not be hungry and do not have to count calories.
Of course, calories still count, but it becomes almost impossible to over consume calories from the foods you choose if you follow those five recommendations.
- Fresh vegetables have around 100 calories per pound
- Fresh Fruits are around 250-300 calories per pound
- Starchy Veggies and Intact Whole Grains are around 450-500 calories per pound
- Legumes have around 550-600 calories per pound
- Processed Grains (even if their Whole grain) have about 1200-1500 calories per pound
- Nuts and seeds are round 2800 calories per pound
- Oils around 4000 calories per pound
Studies show that :
- If the calorie density of the food you eat is below 400 calories per pound, no matter how much you eat, you will lose weight
- If the calorie density of the food you eat is between 600-800 calories per pound, with some moderate exercise, you will lose weight
- If the calorie density of the food you eat is between 800-1200 calories per pound, you gain weight, unless you have a very high activity level
- If the calorie density of the food you eat is over 1200 calories per pound, you will gain weight
If you eat a starch based diet, made up of starchy vegetables and intact whole grains along with some fruit and veggies, you will have a calorie density under 500 calories per pound and maybe even 400 calorie per pound. It would be nearly impossible for you to overeat.
Be sure to avoid or minimize processed whole grains, like whole wheat bread, crackers, dry cereals. At 1200-1500 calories per pound, if they become a large part of your diet, they can raise the overall calorie density and make it much easier to overeat on calories and easy to gain weight and/or not lose weight, even with a higher activity level.
At Slender For Life™ we suggest a flexitarian approach to eating where you choose how closely you will follow a starch based eating strategy. Overall, the bulk of your food should look like you dug it out of the earth, picked it off of a plant, bush or out of a tree. (The produce section of the grocery store).
But, “what about my blood sugar,” you ask. Check out Diabetes and Obesity ~ Hypnosis Health Info, Whole Grain Intake Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Vegan Diet Benefits Diabetics.
The Light Switch Self Hypnosis technique as an easy way for you to use hypnotherapy to change your eating behaviors and to create a desire for starch based foods. My book, Becoming Slender For Life and it’s Becoming Slender For Life hypnosis audio reinforcement system teach the Light Switch Self Hypnosis and shows you how easy self hypnosis is. You can also watch these videos on Power Minutes: Power Minutes, How To Use Power Minutes, Written Suggestions, Course Corrections and Orange Blossom. Use hypnosis several times a day, every day.
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