Low carb high protein diets are the craze right now for weight loss, however, the healthiest way to lose weight is by actually eating carbs, especially if you're trying to achieve sustained weight loss.
Of course you can lose weight on the Paleo diet, the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, and the ketogenic diet, but at what cost? Over-consumption of nuts and animal protein is just not a safe long term solution for weight loss. These diets put a lot of extra strain on the kidneys. It can take many, many years for such damage to be detected by blood tests, and by the time it is detected, extensive damage might have already occurred.
Nuts cannot and should not replace grains. Their high phytic acid content is a health risk when consumed long term.
Consuming too much animal protein including red meat, chicken and fish severely taxes not only the kidneys, but also the heart. The liver can break down some of the protein, but the body has to store the rest of the protein somewhere. The excess protein is converted into collagen fiber built into the basal membranes of the capillary walls. Collagen is 100% pure protein. This results in a thickening of the blood capillary walls. When the main coronary arteries begin to thicken, a heart attack or stroke can occur. Which of course, puts the brain at serious risk.
B vitamins found in grains like wheat, spelt and kamut are necessary for maintaining mood and brain health. Vitamin E, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, Riboflaven, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Pantothenic acid are some of the other nutrients found in wheat and spelt. Vitamin E found in wheat germ is a very important nutrient that so many women lack in their diets. (Thats because wheat germ is often removed from commercial breads even whole grain breads). Some studies have even suggested a link between vitamin E deficiency in the mother and autism.
Researchers discovered that people on low-carb diets do not really lose actual body fat, instead they lose muscle glycogen which quickly leads to muscle loss. The theory behind the low carb diet simply makes no sense and it can lead to muscle weakness, brittle bones, depression, mental deterioration, kidney disease, kidney stones, gout, fatigue, severe digestive distress, and reduce immunity.
So what can we eat to lose weight safely?
THE BREAD DIET
Our bodies rely heavily on carbohydrates to function. Our muscle and brain cells are designed to run on carbohydrates. The key is to choose foods that have a high nutrient profile. Nutrients include vitamins, minerals, and fibers. The more fiber and vitamins your food contains the more it will keep your blood sugar levels stable.
Weight Gain and Blood Sugar Levels
What most people don't realize is that weight gain is directly connected to Blood Sugar Levels in the blood stream. Most processed foods today, even organic foods, are full of sugar, starches, refined flour, fruit syrups, and soy. These ingredients are detrimental to our health and will quickly raise blood sugar levels. White flour, white pasta, white rice, and white sugar have been stripped of their fiber and nutrients. These Refined foods are full of empty calories causing blood sugar highs when consumed. They flood the blood stream with glucose, causing insulin surges. This is the crux of the issue. Too much insulin secretion promotes fat storage in the body.
As our insulin levels continue to soar, more and more fat is stored and thus a vicous cycle is created. "Processed Carbohydrates, lacking in fiber, fail to slow sugar absorption, causing wide swings in glucose levels". (Eat to Live Dr. Joel Fuhrman)
To control weight gain we must first take control of our blood sugar levels by eating foods that are high in nutrients and fiber. Of course, green leafy vegetables are chock full of vitamins and w should eat as much as 2 big bowls per day. But we can't live off of leafy greens alone.
So what can we eat that will fill us up and still keep the pounds off?
The answer is stone ground bread.
Stone Ground Bread was been a staple food for thousands of years. In fact, the Bible mentions bread about 70 times. There was a special bread offering in the Temple every day. This bread was called Lechem Hapanim. And there is a segula when you say the last 4 blessings of Bircat Hamazon (the blessing that's recited after bread).
Bread was a staple food for thousands of years for a reason. It has the potential to meet up to 75% of our daily nutrient intake. It is especially high in B-vitamins.
THE PROBLEM WITH STEEL MILLED FLOUR
Most flour today is steel milled. Steel milled flour is ground so fine that it gets digested too quickly. This causes blood sugar levels to rise too fast. On the other hand, stone grinders grind grains softly resulting in large flour particles. These large stone ground flour particles get digested slowly preventing blood sugar surges.
Steel mills grind grains at high heat destroying the vitamins and altering the molecular structure. Stone grinders grind at low heat. For this reason only stone ground bread made from freshly ground flour can effectively reduce blood sugar surges, because of the natural fiber and nutrients it contains.
Stone Ground bread is in essence a superfood that has nourished our ancestors for thousands of years.
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