Eating nutrient rich for as little as six weeks can reverse disease, help you to lose weight naturally, and even help you to live longer – and better. Nutrient-rich healthy eating is naturally lower in calories than most other styles of eating, particularly, when you optimize you diet for nutrient density, and that’s much easier to do than it sounds.
Instead of depriving yourself and only eating small portions of high-calorie foods that aren’t going to give you the nutrients that you need , and will leave you feeling hungry, eating nutrient-dense, appropriate-calorie foods will keep you satisfied at a much lower calorie count. Believe it or not, you’ll be able to feel satisfied on anywhere from 1000 to 2000 calories per day, as opposed to the usual 1600 to 3000.
What’s the trick?
Well, there’s no big mystery to the equation. You’ll be receiving many more nutrients for each calorie that you intake, so what you eat will actually count and fill you up. The Chinese population eats more calories than Americans do, but they’re actually 25% thinner. This is simply due to the fact that the average American diet is made up of at least 37% of calories that come from fat, as well as excess amounts of refined sugar and carbohydrates.
High fat and high sugar can totally destroy your metabolism, leading to long-term weight gain… no matter how many calories you’re eating. Yikes!
Or maybe you’re one of those people who has tried diet after diet, hoping to lose those last 20 pounds, without any visible results. All hope is not lost for you, my friend. You can tweak your taste buds with nutrient-rich healthy eating and learn how to be satisfied with fewer calories, on a permanent basis.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health have set dietary guidelines for those hoping to reach their goal weight. These guidelines state that women should eat less than 1200 calories per day, and men should eat less than 1600.
After studying a number of top diets in-depth, it has been found that nutrient-rich healthy eating is the only way to meet these National Institutes of Health calorie requirements, while still getting the proper fiber and nutrients that you need each and every day. Even some of the sample menus published by the National Institutes of Health for 1200 and 1600 calorie plans don’t meet the recommended daily values set in place by the government.
Why is that? The sample diet plans simply aren’t nutrient-rich enough. Most of the food choices on the diet plans are surprisingly low in important nutrients, like vitamin K, chromium, folate, and magnesium, which can be found in a 90% plant-based diet.
But there’s no need to worry about your calorie count when you’re eating nutrient rich. Eating your way up to 90% or more plant-based nutrient-rich foods doesn’t mean that you’re on a diet. And, you don’t even have to become a vegan or vegetarian, since a vegetarian diet doesn’t necessarily guarantee good health.
People who don’t eat animal products, but continue to gorge on pasta, bread, bagels, and other refined carbohydrates may be eating low-fat, but they’re definitely not getting enough vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals to protect their health. Refined grains are dramatically low in fiber, so they also won’t help you to feel full after eating them. This again leads us back to the cycle of constant overeating due to a lack of nutrient-dense foods that are low in calories, causing your body to naturally feel full after a meal.
To spell it out for you, eating a strict vegan or vegetarian diet is not always the same as eating a 90% or more plant-based nutrient-rich diet. A vegetarian may eat a diet made up primarily of refined grains and processed health food products, yet they may still be missing out on valuable fruits, vegetables, and beans to balance their nutrition. But let’s not forget about the fact that vegetarians in the US have significantly lower cholesterol rates because they are not eating animal products. This reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity, causing them to live longer. So, whether or not you are a vegetarian, you can receive many of the same benefits by eating 90% or more plant-based nutrient-rich and cutting back dramatically on the animal products that you eat.
By the way, with all the talk on global warming – imagine losing weight the nutrient-rich way, and reducing the environmental impact of the foods you eat. According to http://www.farmusa.org/,
a diet full of animal products is not only responsible for disease, but it requires 10 to 20 times as much land as a plant-based diet. More than half of the soybeans and grains in the world are fed to animals, resulting in a serious food waste. To give you a better idea, if meat consumption in the US dropped by even 10%, it would free up enough food sources to feed millions of starving populations in the world.
Animal agriculture has also caused mass devastation by cutting down forests for cattle pastures. Animal feed crops have a constant need for irrigation, using up 80% of all water available for human consumption and causing serious water shortages all over the world.
Eat the nutrient-rich way – it is good for you and for the planet!