Yes, even healthy food can act like a stimulant; and it’s fair to say that if you’re eating nutrient rich or “natural foods” to overcome a personal energy deficit, you can get fat because you are eating for the wrong reasons.
This is one of the biggest mistakes people makes that get in the way of natural weight loss.
First of all, what is natural weight loss?
Natural weight loss is when you live at or near your ideal weight as a result of how you live, not heroic efforts at dieting or exercise.
One of the biggest errors in judgment that people make, including this author, is “eating” for energy and performance when what we really need is to recuperate our personal energy. I would venture to say that we eat more out of need for vital energy, (life force, chi, electrical energy, nerve energy) than we ever do, due to a need for nutrients or because of true hunger.
The minute we start eating we stimulate our body to process the food and get the illusion that we are increasing our energy when inf act, we are actually exhausting ourselves and overeating.
Really, the only time we actually get an energy “boost” from food is when a) we haven’t eaten for a long period of time, b) have been athletic and are physically depleted, but not tired or c) when you start eating nutrient rich foods after having eaten nutrient poor for far too long.
Ask anyone whose been eating nutrient rich for a long period of time, and it’s not likely they’ll get a major energy boost from what they eat, even it is is fresh fruits and vegetables.
The energy most people want comes from recuperation not eating. Food energy, while stimulating, won’t really help you increase your energy for long, when you’re yawning. Even it it is healthy!