One of the most exciting things about starting a new eating journey is the thought of losing weight and getting healthy. While any whole food path that you choose will help you to get healthy, finding a path that’ll help you lose weight can sometimes be more complicated. Often the simple act of making better food choices is enough to begin to lose weight, so many whole food eaters will see weight loss with little effort. But that isn't true for everyone, there are those who will still need to make a bit of extra effort to see weight loss while they are eating whole.
But the good news is that with a few adjustments, anyone can lose weight while eating whole foods.
The first thing you’ll want to do is get a journal. Only a journal will be able to give you an accurate account of what you’re taking in and how those foods are making you feel. So, let's say that you’ve been eating whole foods for a while, but you aren’t losing weight; after journaling for a few weeks you might find that you’ve been eating a lot of sweet foods like honey and bananas. Even though these foods are healthy, they’re still natural sweeteners, so eating them in abundance may inhibit your ability to lose weight.
After you take inventory of what you’ve eaten for a few weeks, start looking for ways that you can be stricter with your food choices. A good place to start would be looking at something like the Whole30 program. While this program is very close to the popular paleo diet, it’s also stricter than the typical Paleo diet. Whole30 is designed to help you to give your body a reset and, after doing so, you’ll be able to add foods back into your everyday life and get a true understanding of how these foods effect your body.
If the Whole30 program is stricter than you’d like, you can start by looking at whole foods that are rich in water and fiber. Foods that fit into this category will help you to naturally start cleaning out your system.
One of the most exciting things about starting a whole foods journey is the thought of being able to lose weight effortlessly. While it’s true that many people begin to see a difference just by starting to eat whole, that isn't true for everyone. But it’s important to remember that you aren’t doing anything wrong and you are not the only one who hasn't lost weight right away. We’re all different, and if you are having trouble losing weight while eating whole, it simply means that you need to re-evaluate the steps you are taking on your whole food path.
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