Every January, millions of Americans take up new diet and exercise programs in hopes of shedding unwanted pounds.
But despite their best efforts, most folks never reach their weight-loss goals. Or if they do, they gain the weight right back.
Well—if that sounds familiar, listen up.
Because according to a huge, new study, those overhyped weight-loss programs don’t fail due to lack of willpower…
They fail because the very concept of eating less and exercising more is completely WRONG… and has been all along.
Worse yet, following this doomed approach can actually SABOTAGE your health and cause you to GAIN weight. In other words, they SET YOU UP for failure.
So, let’s talk a little more about these tainted approaches. And then, I’ll give you some insiders’ tips on how to healthily maintain your weight for the long haul.
Why you can “eat like a bird” and still gain weight
For decades, government health “experts” and nutritionists told us to follow one simple weight-loss plan: Eat fewer calories than you “burn.”
But that advice never really held up…
For one, we all know someone who eats “like a bird” and still gains—or keeps on extra— weight. Yet others seem to literally eat all they want without putting on any extra pounds. Not to mention, there was never any good science to back up the “eat less-exercise more” myth.
And now, as this new scientific analysis shows, your weight depends NOT on how much you eat…but rather WHAT you eat…
Carbs and sugars “drive” weight gain
For this new analysis, the researchers determined that carbohydrates, sugars, and insulin really drive weight gain and obesity.
In fact, according to the “carbohydrate-insulin model” (CIM), a diet high in processed and refined carbohydrates (and sugars) increases insulin levels. And this increase leads to weight gain and the accumulation of body fat—regardless of the total calories consumed.
So, even if you eat “eat like a bird”…but your meager diet includes highly processed carbs and sugars…you’re eventually going to gain weight. (And probably sabotage your metabolism, too!)
In an interview, Dr. David Ludwig, of Boston Children’s Hospital and co-author of the study, said that the country’s current obesity epidemic probably stems from the popular, low-fat craze that originated in the 1980s and 1990s. (In the U.S., 42 percent of Americans are obese. And almost 90 percent of them show signs of metabolic dysfunction, according to some experts.)
All because the government perpetuated a diet myth that told us to eat less, avoid wholesome foods, and exercise more!
So—what’s the answer?
As always, to achieve long-term health and maintain a healthy weight, you MUST cut out the ultra-processed foods filled with hidden carbs and sugars—such as low-fat, flavored yogurts and granola bars with “added fiber.”
Instead, strive to follow a sensible, enjoyable, Mediterranean-type diet filled with whole foods, natural fats, and natural fibers that help fuel your cells, balance blood sugar, and support healthy probiotics in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
As a quick reminder, here’s a list of the many delicious-yet-nutritious foods you can—and SHOULD—enjoy on the healthy, Mediterranean-type diet:
- Full-fat, whole-milk dairy, including butter, eggs, cheeses, and plain yogurt. (Remember, in the Mediterranean, they typically eat cheese as the after-meal “treat,” and desserts are small and rare.)
- Wild-caught fish and seafood.
- Grass-fed and -finished, free-range, organic beef, chicken, and especially lamb.
- Nuts and seeds.
- Five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day.
- Alcohol, in moderation.
To learn more about the best foods to add to your diet to help aid in weight loss, check out the January 2022 issue of Insiders’ Cures, my monthly newsletter (“[EXPOSED] The calories in, calories out theory is a downright LIE”). If you’re not yet a subscriber, now is the perfect time to become one.