At Heart In Motion, we always encourage a whole foods approach to wellness and weight loss. Yes, whole foods are the best choice for overall health, but did you know that they actually help you lose weight with less effort? Here are the best benefits of eating a primarily whole foods diet:
- It decreases metabolic setpoint. Metabolic setpoint is the point at which your body says “I like it here.” And decides to stay. Studies show that eating a whole foods diet actually allows us to MAINTAIN a lower body weight without any extra effort. That means that by eating more whole foods and less processed foods, we can maintain an ever lower weight without extra hours sweating at the gym or changing a single calorie.
- Decreased cravings. Weight loss and maintenance are so much easier when we are not having to fight constant hunger and food cravings. Processed foods upset our hormonal balance, causing cravings while whole foods naturally balance our hormone levels, curb cravings, and make weight loss less of an uphill battle. I challenge you to think about the last time you had the urge to compulsively eat apples ; ).
- Whole foods boost the metabolism. Foods like avocado, beans, salmon, berries and cabbage have actually been shown to assist in the burning of fat within the body and inhibit body fat storage. Including these foods instead of highly processed foods with help you to lose weight more naturally.
Remember that our goal is to make weight loss/maintenance less work. Working towards a more whole foods based diet will make your journey easier in the long run. Of courses, eating whole foods is better for your health, but the metabolic benefits just put the icing on the cake.
STEP(S) FOR THIS WEEK:
- Take a look at what you are eating on a daily basis. Is there something that you include regularly in your routine (or multiple things) that might be getting in the way of your goals? After careful assessment, decide if it might be appropriate to switch one or two processed foods for whole foods to make your journey easier. Remember that it is just as easy to reach for an apple or a bag of pre-cut broccoli as a granola bar or cereal.