Have you been struggling for years to lose weight? Are you a “yoyo dieter”? Do you try one “weight lost plan” after another, never achieving healthy weight loss or your weight loss goals? Maybe you just can’t stop eating junk food at night, or can’t resist pulling into a fast food drive-thru. Or maybe you’ve decided to make a dramatic change in your diet and are now focused on eating low-calorie, low-carb or low-fat foods. Perhaps you are wondering why you are still overweight and experiencing health complications even though you are eating a “healthier” Paleo-style, vegetarian, vegan, low-glycemic-index or a gluten-free diet.
The fact of the matter is that no matter how “healthy” or “unhealthy” society tells you that your diet is, if you are struggling with weight and health issues, you are depriving your body of the nutrients it needs to function and stay healthy. And, you are consuming what your body does not need, and are not eating in a way that makes your body want to burn fat.
If any of these situations mentioned above describes you, you may want to consider a nutrient-rich healthy eating style to achieve your goals. You might reasonably be asking yourself why a nutrient-rich diet should be any better than Plan A or Plan B. The reason is that so many plans exclude whole categories of foods, and whole nutrient categories making them ineffective beyond short-term weight loss only.
In addition, most are not so easy to figure out or to follow. You will constantly be wondering, “Am I doing this low-fat high-carbohydrate diet right, or should I be doing a low-carb high-animal protein diet”? “So many of my friends are doing those…”
The truth is that you don’t have to focus on low-cal, low-fat or low-carb weight loss-only diets at all– these are not whole-food natural diets. Rather, these may be attributes of a nutrient-rich healthy eating plan. You can make a nutrient-rich healthy eating plan be low calorie, carbohydrate controlled (in case you are carbohydrate sensitive) and higher in protein, when you optimize your 90% or more, for nutrient density and other factors, such as your goals. But, simply eating typical low-calorie, low-fat, low-carb, high-protein diets that are animal products and refined foods rich, are nutrient-poor diets! You won’t succeed that way.
Eating a nutrient-rich diet has you sticking to a relatively simple rule— optimize your diet for nutrient density 90% of the time, or more! The weight will come off naturally, just by making this simple change in your diet. That’s not so hard to follow, is it?
Some of the most nutrient-rich foods in the world are the leafy greens, which include: kale, collard greens, swiss chard, spinach and arugula; the cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, bok choy, Chinese (or Napa) cabbage, broccoli and brussels sprouts (all of which, by the way, can help prevent cancer as well). Leafy greens are also very low-calorie, high-energy foods (because of the high levels of B vitamins they contain). And, no matter what “diet” you have followed in the past, lower calorie foods are important, if weight loss is your goal. The difference is that they must be “nutrient rich” if you are going to avoid more food addictions, cravings as you change your diet, and be satisfied after every nutrient-rich meal you eat in great-tasting ways. Nutrient-rich food categories include all fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, raw nuts and seeds and whole grains… hundreds of foods, countless meals and menus.
Another reason to consider the nutrient-rich diet is that you want to achieve a healthy weight loss! What better way do so, than by eating healthy foods? The “food addiction” problem often occurs because your body is craving nutrition and withdrawing from levels of toxins that make you crave certain foods— driving you to over-consume to feel better, and so, one nutrient-poor diet after another, you lose weight and gain weight, lose weight and gain weight…
Think of yourself as a perpetual motion machine— the more nutrient-rich foods you eat, the more “fueled” and stabilized your body gets as it becomes nutrient rich, and the better you will look and feel. And, the better you look and feel, the more “pumped” you will get to continue living the nutrient-rich way!
Make the Switch to Rich– the healthiest and most successful way to eat. This is not a rigid diet; it is simply a great-tasting and healthy eating style that inspires you to live more successfully, optimally healthy and at your ideal weight, all while aging slower, looking younger and maximizing your longevity.
And, there is no need to give up your old food favorites completely– you just eat your way up to 90% or more plant-based nutrient-rich foods, while leaving 10% of your daily diet with some wiggle room for those old food favorites (if you need to). The key is the know how in optimizing your diet for nutrient density and making the nutrition transition right. However, once you start eating up to 90% or more plant-based nutrient rich, you will eventually lose your cravings for animal products and those made with refined ingredients– both being the primary cause of most lifestyle-induced diseases from diabetes, heart disease to cancer. You will be looking and feeling so great that you won’t want to be eating foods that are not nutrient rich. These foods are just – that good!