Is Your Food Ageing You?

Did you know that there is research(1&2) to show that low calorie, starvation type diets actually make you fat? This is shocking to hear but sadly it’s true. Can you imagine how many people are putting a lot of effort into trying to eat less, depriving themselves while feeling hungry and miserable in the process?

The knock on effects of low energy and brain fog can leave even the most determined amongst us, fed up and demotivated. You may well be one of them; I certainly was until I found a better way.

You see, for the majority of our existence, we human beings have thrived on a completely natural diet. We ate meat, fish and seasonal vegetables along with fruit, nuts and seeds. It’s only in the last 60-70 years that we have eaten a diet of unnatural processed foods, containing sugars and chemicals. Our waistlines have expanded as dramatically as our ‘food choices’ and I do not believe in coincidences!

It’s known that from the age of 25 to 30 we lose 1⁄2 lb of muscle tissue from the body every year. We are likely to lose up to 30% of our muscle tissue(3) over our lifetime. This is the reason why someone who weighs the same on the scales as they did many years ago, will be less toned and more flabbier. This is because they have lost vital muscle tissue, which is replaced with unsightly and unhealthy fat as their body composition changed. What’s more, this loss of muscle tissue can reduce our metabolisms functionality by nearly half!

 “To gain back and maintain lost muscle tissue, fire up your metabolism and rejuvenate your body […] Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and berries, grass fed meat, wild caught fish, organic eggs and some healthy fats such as avocados, olives and coconut oil.”  Tweet This!

The sad fact is that although low calorie diets may help you lose weight on the scales, part of that weight is muscle tissue too. In fact up to 90% of the weight loss achieved on a low calorie diet is shown to be muscle tissue and not fat! This is disastrous for our health, and the reason why you gain back any weight lost once you return to normal eating. Plus that loss of muscle tissue will also have increased your rate of ageing too!

You’ll be glad to learn that there is some good news, plus a scientific solution. To gain back and maintain lost muscle tissue, fire up your metabolism and rejuvenate your body. Aim to eat a diet free from processed foods and sugars. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and berries, grass fed meat, wild caught fish, organic eggs and some healthy fats such as avocados, olives and coconut oil. This helps to restore your body so its functions as nature intends, enabling you to experience vibrant energy, a slimmer figure, increased mental clarity and feel younger as you grow older!

I founded The Healthy Girl to demystify diets and educate people by revealing the truth behind weight loss and healthy ageing. I’m a qualified Nutritional Therapist and NLP Practitioner. I’m also trained in Psychotherapy & Counseling and have co-owned a Boutique Personal Training studio. I’ve overcome the pain and upset of Yo-Yo dieting myself and use the same specialised approach to help my clients to do the same. I have a passionate interest in the most effective approaches to weight loss, health and well-being and am currently working on my second book. I believe in making things easy and enjoyable for everyone.

References
1. Schuler 2003, p50, Accu-Measure Inc. 1991.
2. Cook NJ, et al. 1987, Dohm GL, Tapscott EB, Kasperek GJ 1987, Lindholm C, et al. 1995, Maron MB, Horvath SM, Wilkerson JE 1975, Morville R, et al. 1979, Newmark ST, et al. 1976, tegelman R, et al. 1990, Tsai L, et al. 1991.
3. Faulkner JA, Brooks SV. Xerba E (1995), Lexell J (1995), Rogers MA. Evans WJ (1993).

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