Let’s cut to the chase.
You are carrying extra weight that you would like to lose-- the sooner the better.
Guess what? There’s no shame in that.
The purpose of this article is to jumpstart your weight loss journey so you can begin to see the power you have over how you look and feel in your own skin and start making changes TODAY.
So let’s get started.
Step 1: Stop eating ALL flour.
Yup. All of it.
OK, right now, pause and notice what is coming up for you when I say that. Most likely you have a deluge of thoughts running through your head that are designed to freak you out.
Don’t worry-- this is super normal.
Take Action: Write down all those thoughts and questions on a piece of paper and title it “Parking Lot”. This is where they will stay until later. (I promise I will get to them in future post or you can always shoot me an email or leave a comment and I will be sure to respond.)
So, when I say all, do I really mean ALL??
Yes. I do. That is why it is in capital letters. ;)
This includes gluten-free flour, corn flour, rice flour, buckwheat flour, spelt flour, almond flour, garbanzo flour, ALL FLOUR.
Step 2: Stop eating all sugar.
Again, all means ALL. No honey, cane sugar, agave, sucrose, dextrose, maltose, brown rice syrup, high fructose corn syrup, nada.
You are going to have to read labels for this one and be sure to make choices based on the elimination of all sugars. Don’t forget to eliminate sugary beverages as well.
Why do you need to stop eating all flour and sugar?
In order to lose weight our bodies need to become fat adapted. This means that we want our bodies to start using the fuel (fat) we are storing on our bodies for energy.
In order for our bodies to access that fat, we need to lower the amount of insulin in our bloodstream. Everytime we eat (or even think about eating for that matter) we release the hormone insulin into our blood. When insulin is present our body is unable to use the fat stores it already has for fuel.
All foods are not created equal when it comes to triggering the release of insulin. Which foods release the most insulin? You guessed it! Flour and sugar. These two food groups trigger high quantities of insulin to be released, resulting in fat being stored instead of burned.
When we keep insulin levels low, on the other hand, we are able to use the our fat for fuel and find we are less hungry less often and have fewer cravings for sugar and refined carbohydrates.
For brevity’s sake I am over-simplifying here, so if you want to learn more pick up Gary Taubes’ book Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It.
If I Give Up Flour and Sugar, Won’t I Be Nutrient-Deficient?
There is absolutely no nutritional reason to consume sugar or flour. You can get absolutely every single nutrient available on the planet without eating flour or sugar, ever.
Eliminating flour and sugar is going to get many of you results fast, but it may not be easy. Most people are so accustomed to frequent and high doses of flour and sugar that they will experience some withdrawal symptoms for the first two weeks or so. Push on. You will get through it and on the other side of this discomfort is freedom.
Some of you might have to be dedicated and persistent for three or four weeks before you see those results. Again, push on. For encouragement and support sign up for a free mini-session with me and I can help you through it. I've got lots of tools, tips, and tricks that you can use to make small tweaks that will make the difference. That freedom awaits you, too, I promise you that.
Freedom awaits You
What is this freedom I speak of?
But also the freedom of living life without excess weight on your body, bulging through your clothes or over the top of your now-very-uncomfortable-pants.
The freedom of finding joy in putting on a bathing suit and heading to the beach without worrying about what your body looks like.
The freedom of feeling good in your own, beautiful, glowing skin.
That is the freedom I'm talking about.
Lia Pinelli is a weight loss coach and educator who helps women put an end to emotional overeating and lose weight, permanently.