How to Eat Healthy to Lose Weight

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My biggest frustration with wanting to eat healthy and lose weight was that even though I ate healthy, I was still gaining weight. But once I started eating Low Carb I realized that I was eating healthy for the most part. The problem though was that although I ate healthily, I also ate processed foods. And those process foods were what was killing me.

When you eat processed food, your body releases glucose and insulin. When this happens, it is almost impossible to lose weight. And this could be the start of other problems like cancer, diabetes as well as other health issues. So really the easiest thing to do if you want to be healthy is to stop eating processed foods and start eating healthy foods.

When you eat a healthy diet that is very low in carbs and processed food, and very high in healthy fats, proteins, veggies and fruits and less crap you will notice amazing things happen. Your skin looks better. You feel better. You lose weight if you need to lose weight. Many people are able to reverse their diabetes. That was true with my boyfriend, Brian. He reversed his diabetes and in no longer on medications. More importantly, he added years to his life. As for me, I lost 60 pounds and I feel amazing.

You can read Brians story here.

Eating healthy is actually pretty easy to figure out. I mean we all know what we need to eat and what is healthy. The problem with eating healthy in America these days is that there really aren’t many healthy options. When you walk in the grocery store, for example, 90% of the food available is processed. It is really frustrating.

Learning what to eat to be healthy is the easy part. And actually eating those healthy foods is pretty easy as well. You simply add those foods to your diet.

The difficult part is eliminating the high sugar foods and the processed foods. Why? Because sugar is extremely addictive. As a sugar addict, I can tell you it was one of the hardest things that I have done.

But really it is about mindset. You need to decide how important your health is to you. You need to ask yourself what will happen if you continue to eat the same way you have been eating. Yes, you will feel deprived. Get over it! Living and breathing are more important than eating chips and ice cream. At least to me, it was. I want to live and be on this earth and enjoy my family. This is way more important than crap food.

What to Eat To Be Healthy and Lose Weight (the common sense list)

  1. Eat Real Food

Ha Ha! Now that is a short list. But really it is that simple. When you eat real food you will naturally get healthy. Real food is foods that come from creatures created by God. Or food that comes from the earth or sky or water. So real food is meat, fats, fish, veggies, and fruit. Real food doesn’t come with a label.

Also, try to keep to organic fruits and veggies if possible. This will help eliminate some of the GMO’s and pesticides. (why would you want to put that crap in your body?)

What NOT to Eat to Be Healthy and Lose Weight

  1. Shop the Parimider. The easiest thing to do is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. This is where you will find real food. Most of the processed crap in the middle isles.
  2. If there is no label it is most likely real food. For example, an apple will not have a label on it. It was simply picked off of a tree.
  3. Read the Label of Packaged foods. If there are ingredients that you can’t pronounce and don’t know what they are, don’t eat it. Seriously, you don’t need it. It could end up making you sick down the road. Real food will only have 1 or 2 ingredients, for example, real butter may have cream and salt. Two ingredients.
  4. Avoid foods that have added sugar.

If you really want to eat healthily and lose weight, you really should consider a low carb high fat diet. It really can change your life.

What has been your experience, success, and challenges of eating healthy? Please leave a comment below.

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12 thoughts on “How to Eat Healthy to Lose Weight”

  1. Your article was concise and to the point. I like how you personalized the blog. Readers can better relate to you because you have gone through similar experiences. Even including the other post about your boyfriend adds credibility to your story (great way to insert other posts to get more views).

    1. Oh, that is so sweet of you to say that Sanmak. I only hope that I am able to help folks lose some weight. I know I have struggled for years and so have many other people.

  2. One thing my teacher taught me back then is to try to avoid eating processed foods. That would be things like potato chips, ice creams, sodas, etc.

    The reason like you said is that it is not healthy for you. This stuff has trans fat which is linked to heart diseases, obesity and diabetes. It is kind of scary if you think about it.
    Recently, I have been trying to eat mostly lean chicken, fish, leafy kale, nuts and lots of apples and oranges. It feels great like you said. I feel alive. That is because I am eating real fruit and how they are supposed to be in nature.

    I am also doing a lot of walking. That gets my blood circulation and exercise in. My doctor told me that my blood pressure is bit on the low side. It is no surprise. I lose around 10 pounds in a month doing this recently. Do you do any kinds of special exercises?

    1. Congrats on the low bp! Way to go. And I’m glad you “get it” about nutrition and not eating processed foods. Many people don’t and then down the road they have lots of regrets. As for working out, Actually, I do some floor stretching with an exercise balance ball and I also use light weights. Plus I also walk daily. As you said walking is really good for you. I really don’t do anything to strenuous. 

  3. I don’t think we have any idea just how negatively today’s processed foods impact our body. People think just because they don’t feel sick, it’s not hurting them.
    A lot of the problems don’t come up until your older (in your 50s and 60s)
    The older you get, the harder some of those foods are on you and, like you said, you really have to make up your mind that your health is more important to you than the food you’re used to.

    1. I agree that we simply just don’t have any idea what processed food will do. I worry about the long term effects. You’re right. Many people don’t think about it until they are into their 50’s or older and by that time have type 2 diabetes and or heart disease. It could have been prevented if we only put better foods in our bodies. I’m just glad that it really isn’t to late for anyone to turn their health around for the better. 

  4. Hi Wendy,
    Great advice!
    The principles you are describing are similar to the Paleo diet principles that are:
    – eat whole foods and
    – avoid processed and refined foods.
    Those principles are so easy to follow, but for some reason, we are all struggle with following them.
    And one of the main problems is that we do not read labels. As you mentioned we need to start reading labels and understand that there is nothing good about processed foods.
    And it is a great advice that if there are ingredients that you can’t pronounce and don’t know what they are, don’t eat it.

    1. Hi Anna, You are right. The Paleo diet is very similar to low carb. Really if a person simply eats real food and nothing in a box they could easily lose weight as well as possibly reverse their sicknesses. If they can’t read whats on the box then it probably isn’t food. I think it is easier to simply stay away from anything that has a label. Hey, thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  5. you make some great points! we really need to be careful about what we put in our bodies…. my biggest problem is carbs and sugar… I love them both… the good and the bad… I’m much more disciplined when i track what i eat actively.
    thanks for sharing

    1. Many people have an easier time with moderation when they track what they eat in a journal. For me, I had to simply eliminate. My problem with being addicted to sugar and carbs (which is sugar) I didn’t know when to stop. And then when I did stop, I would have cravings for more. I’m glad you are able to be disciplined. You are one of the lucky ones. 🙂

  6. Hi great read, its funny how we know whats good for us and yet tend to either avoid them or choose other not so healthy options, I remember when I was younger and I gave all the veggies and healthy foods over to my mum or threw them out, but now I enjoy eating them.

    1. This is so true, Charlie. And my adult kids are no different. I try to get them to eat healthier. I hope they will learn from my example. I really don’t want them to struggle with weight like I did most of my life. The good news is so far they are thin and seem to be healthy. But they eat way more fast food and processed food. I worry it will catch up with them down the road. But like most young people, you won’t fully understand until they start to see the weight stick.

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