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Posted by Ed 17 days ago
So you are pounding away on the treadmill...  and you think you are following a reasonable diet eating complex carbs including lots of whole grains, drinking pure fruit juice, substituting honey for sugar etc....  
 
Yet the pounds are not coming off. 
 
If so, I highly recommend the book Go Wild

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bananaq 15 days ago
start doing IF and keto diet

Ed 3 days ago
Here's a quick summary of 'Go Wild' 
 
Up until humans transitioned to farming (from hunting and gathering lifestyles), we did not consume large amounts of carbohydrates.   
 
No bread... no pasta...  certainly no fast or processed foods...  next to no sugar (only what you get from fruits)....
 
Fast forward to modern times ---  most people take huge 'hits' of carbs throughout the day --- a couple of toast for breakfast, pancakes .. a large glass of juice...  perhaps a bowl of pasta or a heaping helping of rice with lunch....  2 maybe 3 soft drinks ....  a pizza for dinner....   maybe a burger... 
 
All these carbs are not needed by our bodies so they get converted into fat...  the author also argues that the body can react badly to these inputs --- there is a case study detailing how one very sick person recovered after cutting most carbs out of her diet (you can get all the carbs your body needs without  consuming foods that are high carb...
 
As the saying goes - you cannot outwork a bad diet --- if you are taking in loads of carbs, unless you are training at the level of a performance athlete, you will not burn them off - so you will not lose weight. 
 
The book is well worth reading as it can inspire you to lead a more health life...  but the author does a quick summary of recommendations:
 
- avoid sugar of any kind including honey - it is all equally bad
 
- avoid all processed foods 
 
- avoid bread, rice and pasta (including whole grain stuff)
 
- avoid all soft drinks and fruit juice 
 
- limit your alcohol intake 
 
- eat a wide variety of foods to obtain a wide range of nutrients
 
- vegetables, nuts, limited amounts of meat, dairy (if you are not intolerant) and fruit are recommended
 
- exercise regularly (group classes are recommended - check out the Les Mills options such as Body Pump and Grit)  
 
 
Our gym has regular 21 day nutrition challenge seminars.    The challenge is to go cold turkey --- absolutely no rubbish for 3 weeks.   You are not even meant to have milk or sugar with your coffee...
 
What this does is break your addiction to unhealthy foods (people with really poor diets often get physically sick for the first week) --- once you have done that you start to feel better with more energy and a positive outlook -- you will also lose weight....  (motivating!)
 
The other take away is that you then understand which foods are the villains... and you know to avoid them.  For instance - some people believe drinking juice is healthy --- even fresh squeezed is full of sugar....
 
Essentially the goal is not to 'go on a diet' ... it's to change your eating habits permanently... once you have done that then a cheat here and there is not a big issue...  you can have a pizza once in awhile without worrying about gaining all the weight back. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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