How many times have I enthusiastically started a new diet, a new eating plan…a healthy new start? Started and failed. But, what’s amazing is, I am finding out why. It isn’t necessarily because of poor willpower or laziness. I’m learning it’s simple chemistry.
I’m looking into doing the Whole30 program, reading and researching this week with a proposed start date of Monday, March 28. You can do your own reading/investigating, etc at the Whole30 Website too. AND the information on the website is totally free. You can buy the book if you want, but all the information is out there for free.
I’ve tried every diet out there and what I’m reading is dieting actually promotes a hormonal response in the body that causes diets to fail. Read that again
Dieting makes it harder to lose weight.
I don’t pretend to be an expert, and I have not lost all of my critical thinking skills. I’m not “drinking the koolaid” and am doing other research on line to help debunk any craziness. But nothing sounds crazy here. I’ve read the same things in other nutrition magazines and articles. I am learning and plan on blogging each of the 30 days of this journey, sharing my experience with you. There will be no weight loss reports. The program discourages this. This isn’t primarily about weight loss. This is about resetting your body, detoxing from our sugar/carb (no this is not Atkins) addiction (results of chronic overconsumption of empty carbohydrates in the next paragraph) and toward eating food that:
Promote a healthy psychological response.
Promote a healthy hormonal response.
Support a healthy gut.
Support immune function and minimize inflammation.”
Excerpt From: Melissa Hartwig & Dallas Hartwig. “It Starts With Food.” Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, 2012. iBooks.
In a nutshell, due to consuming over processed foods (something we all agree is bad, right?) causes an imbalance of 4 major hormones in our body; Insulin, lepton, glycogen, and cortisol. 4 hormones which are supposed to work together to maintain sugar levels, manage stores or energy, regulate our hunger/not hunger signals, and also help keep the others in check–a well designed checks and balances system.
But chroniclly overeating empty carbohydrates throws this system out of balance. The brain doesn’t know when we’ve consumed enough, blood sugar levels remain chronically high which leads to a domino effect with these 4 hormones, hyper over-secreting them and stressing out our bodies which then actually starts breaking down, rendering these checks and balances inoperable…leading to a host of chronic conditions not limited to Type2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, chronic fatigue, etc., etc., etc.,
So before this post gets too long, I’ll summarize. What I think this program is about is: rebalancing your body’s own natural system which is designed to keep us at a healthy weight, store a healthy amount fat, and keep everything thing in a harmonious balance. Unnatural and over processed food destroy that balance.