Diets are typically nutrient deprivation tips masquerading as ‘weight loss’ solutions

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They don’t work in the long term…

We share some tips on balanced, healthy eating.

Diets aren’t sustainable.

How many times have you tried the latest diet from keto, to paleo to the Atkins diet; you lose the weight quickly at first, only to stagnate after a period of time. Within a year or two you’re back where you started, if not heavier than you intended and this time you find you’re really struggling to drop the weight you want to easily unless you’re cutting back on your food drastically. Or, the moment you have something outside of your regimented diet your gut pays for it in the form of bloating and an upset tummy (yes, our gut microbiome is sensitive to these changes).

The cycle continues leaving you feeling dissatisfied and depriving yourself of everything from a celebratory slice of cake to a night out with friends sharing a pizza. Or you’re beating yourself up on a work trip because you stopped for a burger because, well, you were starving and nothing else was available.

Doesn’t sound like fun does it? In fact, research shows it’s not healthy to exclude food groups that many popular diets advocate. Diets can also negatively impact your metabolism.

Whilst some of these diets do offer some beneficial tips such as recommending a reduced sugar intake, incorporating more nuts and seeds or a healthy amount of fats, it’s the recommendation of animal fat-heavy diets and exclusion of carbohydrates and legumes that is of particular concern.

How you eat should be in line with your specific needs.

Legumes and whole grains like oats in proportion to your metabolic needs, genetic makeup and weight goals are essential to your gut health and overall function.

Complex carbohydrates and legumes should not be demonised.

Eating healthy isn’t about excluding carbohydrates, it’s about portion size. It’s about avoiding the processed carbohydrates like white bread, potato chips and alcohol (it’s interesting how many people say they’re ‘going keto’ but consuming carbohydrates in excess by drinking them in the form of alcoholic beverages).

Unfortunately carbohydrates and legumes have been demonised by successful marketing agendas targeted at promoting popular diets marketed by those with the power to influence.

For example, legumes have disease preventative benefits and help with your weight goals. In fact, according to a 2011 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition (1) and a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2), consuming legumes have been linked to positive health outcomes such as lowering the risk for metabolic diseases, heart disease and diabetes.

What actually works.

Weight loss, weight maintenance and weight gain all depend on two things:

1.      Eating a nutritionally balanced diet with the right macro and micronutrients for your body’s specific needs.

2.     A regular exercise routine specifically tailored to your weight goals.

Incorporating these two points into your daily routine, when maintained with consistency will help you with maintaining your body’s natural, healthy weight, long-term.

We sometimes get asked if our granolas are “paleo” or “low carb”. Our answer is this: We’re about sustainable, balanced nutrition, not popular diets.

Our granolas have been scientifically formulated to assist you with achieving optimal health and your fitness goals. They were developed to function as nutritionally balanced meals and snacks that assist with maintaining and improving gut health and reducing bloating.

Incorporating one to two serves a day of our granolas can help support your gut health and fitness goals. Try them and you’ll feel the difference.

Happy eating! X 

(1) Dove, ER et al. (2011) Lupin and soya reduce glycaemia acutely in type 2 diabetes, 2011 Oct;106(7):1045-51.

 

(2) Messina V, “Nutritional and health benefits of dried beans”, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2014 Jul, 100 Suppl 1:437S – 42S.

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Natalia Ashley