Weight loss success stories are always worth celebrating. One woman, in particular, is overjoyed (as she should be) for losing a total of 155 pounds by cutting out four foods that didn’t contribute any nutritional value to her health and in turn, led to this victory.
Casey Gemmell from Perth, Australia made a decision to do something about her lousy eating lifestyle. This shift in mindset occurred after seeing some photos that were taken on her son’s 1st birthday when she realized that she had let go of her health and that resulted in reaching her heaviest weight at 349 pounds (159 kilos).
She thought, “What am I doing to myself? What example am I setting my kids?” At that point, she knew she needed to do something about it. She shared, “On the 26th of September 2012 I went to bed that night wanting, and I mean REALLY WANTING to change, change my everything – my life, my looks, my outlook on living – I WANTED TO LIVE!!!!”
Casey’s Weight Loss Success Story
Casey found an app called 5K RUNNER. She wanted to start running and this app was an 8-week program that was designed to help people complete a full 5K run at the end of it. With drive and determination, Casey succeeded. She said, “By this stage I was feeling great – I was down about [37 pounds or] 17 kilos and people were starting to notice – strangers who had first seen this 160 kilos woman slowly dragging her butt around the oval were stopping me in the shops, on the streets and even clapping when the saw me running… I felt like I was on drugs – I needed more – More of this feeling, more of this acceptance – MORE MORE MORE!!!”
Casey still felt “yuk” internally, and that’s what nudged her to change her dietary habits by cutting out cheese, pasta, bread, and soft drinks. At the time, she had minimal knowledge about nutrition and was determined to focus on a meal plan for weight loss. Here’s why avoiding these foods worked in helping her lose 155 pounds.
What Is the Right Food to Eat to Lose Weight?
With all of the different weight loss plans, diet plans, and exercise tactics, it can be difficult to know what is right for you and your body. Particularly when it comes to food, you may be constantly asking “what is the right food to eat to lose weight?”. Perhaps it’s not about the food you should be eating, but rather about the food that you should NOT be eating. The following is a list of foods to avoid when you want to lose weight.
Foods to Avoid for Weight Loss
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Lactose is a form of sugar that’s found in all dairy products. Though the sugar levels aren’t as high as other foods, it does increase your insulin levels. When you’re trying to lose weight, the best thing to do is regulate insulin.
Furthermore, people who aren’t particularly tolerant to lactose may experience gut irritations that could prevent weight loss. If you experience any of these digestive symptoms when eating dairy: bloating, gas, upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea or other digestive or intestinal issues, there’s a good chance you may be lactose intolerant.
Finally, dairy products are acid-forming foods that can interfere with digestion, absorption, and utilization. When it comes to weight loss, it’s best to achieve a balanced between acid and alkaline foods, and avoid acid overload. (1)
Have you heard the saying, “fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does?” It’s completely true, and that’s because when we eat a lot of sugar, most of the fructose gets metabolized by the liver. From there it turns into fat and is then secreted into the blood. (2)
The problem with pasta is not necessarily the ingredients themselves but the portions. When you eat too much of it, as with any processed carbohydrate foods, it will raise your blood glucose levels, and when it doesn’t burn it off, it turns it into fat. (3)
On the other hand, eating whole foods that are high in fat can speed up your metabolism, contributing to weight loss. (4) This is the basic principle of the ketogenic diet. Examples of high-fat foods are nuts, seeds, coconut oil, avocados, and eggs.
Much like pasta, bread is also a common source of carbohydrates, and it has its cons. Eating a diet high in carbohydrates spikes insulin levels, which is the hormone responsible for body fat storage. The science behind it is that insulin turns glucose into glycogen, which is then stored in the liver and muscles. But because the body can take only a limited amount of glycogen, excess glucose turns into body fat. So, eating high amounts of bread leads to weight gain (and vice versa). (5)
Now don’t think you have to drastically cut out all the carbohydrates in your diet like Casey did. There’s another way to approach weight loss by reducing your carbohydrates intake and replacing it with energy dense foods/ high-fat foods as we mentioned above. As for foods that are not as energy dense but still have high nutritional value, add a generous portion of vegetables in your diet. The National Institutes of Health recommends half a cup of vegetables per meal. (6)
4. Soft Drinks
If you read the label on any soft drink, you’ll find that they have what’s called high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It’s made up of 55 percent fructose with the remainder being glucose and water.(7) If you want a detailed breakdown on how HFCS destroys your body, check out this article
We’ve already stressed the dangers of high amounts of sugar in the body as it contributes to weight gain. Thus, eliminating soft drinks in your diet will certainly help you lose weight.
Now, you might be wondering, “How about diet sodas or zero calorie drinks?” To that, we say, “Forget it.” Diet sodas use artificial sweeteners that can trigger additional sugar intake. This reaction happens because artificial sweeteners affect the body’s ability to gauge how many calories are being consumed. The human brain then responds with signals to eat more and that leads to bigger cravings for sweet foods and drinks, which then contributes to weight gain.(8) What you can do instead is drink plenty of water or things like black coffee or green, white, black, and herbal teas.
Before you jump the gun and decide to follow suit with Casey’s weight loss journey, make sure you do extensive amounts of research and consult a dietician. Weight loss is not always about reducing your food intake or counting every calorie that goes in your mouth. It’s about finding the right balance that works for your body and your lifestyle. Use Casey Gemmell’s success story as inspiration to perhaps lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.
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