It’s the beginning of the new year and most of us have made the same resolution as last year: to lose weight.
Year after year you keep promising yourself you are going to lose weight, but every diet you have tried so far has failed. Losing weight is important for your health, so don’t give up yet!
New research is changing the way we go about dieting. A Stanford University study showed that whole foods were more effective in achieving sustained weight loss rather than either low-carb or low-fat diets.
The shift in diet goals is not to drop pounds right away, but to make long term changes to your lifestyle for a healthier future.
Enter the new diet centered around whole foods. It sounds simple at first, but can you only eat whole foods and not feel deprived? What even are whole foods anyway?
We have a quick and dirty guide to one of the newest trending diets, the whole foods diet. Keep reading to learn more about this diet and how it can help you!
What Is the Whole Foods Diet
If you think about what the human diet was like at the dawn of man, that is a whole food diet. There were no processed foods and cheap burgers back then!
The object is to eat foods that are as close to natural as you can. This includes raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, meats, and anything that is not processed.
Why You Should Eat Whole Foods
Eating whole foods is the only way we know of to ingest phytochemicals which fight fat and cholesterol. Also, eating whole foods will ensure you are only consuming good fats like omega-3 fatty acids.
Whole fruits and vegetables have tons of fiber which can help you lose weight and keep regular in the bathroom department. High fiber foods also help battle diabetes and heart disease.
Many people do not get enough basic nutrients in their regular diet. Whole food diets are often rich in those vital nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C & magnesium.
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How to Incorporate Whole Foods into Your Diet
You may be thinking that living whole-food, plant-based on a budget would be impossible, but you would be wrong! By shopping around and changing some of your cooking habits, a whole food diet can be very budget friendly.
Look for whole grain breads and flours instead of processed bread. Include as many fresh fruits and veggies as you can.
Processed foods are the only thing you want to avoid like the plague. Sugary and nutrient deficient foods like fast foods and convenience foods are not doing your body any favors!
Feel the Vibe
Now that you have a grasp of the whole foods diet and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle, it’s time to head to your nearest produce stand and grocery store to stock up.
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