Have you heard of Mark Haub?
He was a professor at Kansas State University. Back in 2010, he wanted to prove that you can lose weight eating the wrong foods, as long as your calories-in are lower than your calories-out. Every 3 hours, he ate Twinkies, Oreo cookies, and Doritos – and in 10 weeks, he lost 27 pounds.
Yum, right?! Will that work for you to lose weight too?
Well, yes. Unless you have some sort of medical issue, as long as you eat fewer calories than you’re burning, you’ll going to lose weight. However, you’re also going to feel crappy, because you won’t be eating good quality food. A Ferrari can’t run at its optimum on bad gasoline – and neither can you.
So are there right and wrong foods?
Actually, no. That might sound surprising coming from a personal trainer, but I feel you can eat pretty much anything and still have a healthy, fit body. There is a difference between the quality of foods but you can lose weight eating the wrong foods from time to time.
So what’s the problem?
The problem comes when you stop paying attention to your hunger and satiety signals, if your hormones are outta whack those signals may not be firing correctly. Today’s processed food keeps our hormones from allowing our body to do what it’s naturally supposed to do.
A diet isn’t the answer.
You’ll drive yourself crazy trying to follow today’s hyped-up diets and figuring out what you “should” and “shouldn’t” eat.
For the woman who just wants to lose some inches, lose some body fat, and feel good in her own skin, you can enjoy so-called “wrong” foods here and there.
Here’s The Solution To Lose Weight Eating The Wrong Foods
Choose mostly foods with one ingredient.
Aim for five or fewer ingredients in the food you are selecting.
Making the ‘wrong’ foods fit.
For almost two years, I’ve had a goal to do a fitness contest. Last year, while I was on this fitness contest journey, I ate ice cream every night, and I was losing weight. I had to stop because I was having digestive issues and found out I was lactose intolerant, so there went the ice cream.
But you can absolutely fit in those wrong foods like processed foods, and you can still keep progressing onto your goals, as long as you’re eating less than what you are burning.
The Key To Making Wrong Foods Work
The key is to watch your portions. Let’s say you’re eating 20 Oreo cookies a night. Instead of going cold turkey and setting yourself up for a possible binge, eat 15 for a week or two, then go to 10, then keep going until you might have one a day.
If you like burgers or cheesesteaks, instead of having a regular size, make sliders. Eat plenty of vegetables and lean meats, which will look like a larger portion size than a cheesesteak or a burger.
Sure, there’s better quality food out there, but you can still lose weight eating the wrong food, just maybe not as often, or maybe in smaller portions.
Get Off The Mental Cycle
If you are trying to resist eating the wrong foods, it can be easy to feel guilty and beat yourself up.
This mental cycle is not a good place to be.
I know. I have been there back when I was a ballet dancer. It was ingrained in us that you literally don’t eat. Then we would have our show, and afterward, we’d go out and go overboard: two appetizers, a main meal, dessert, drinks, whatever. And then we’d go back on that path where we didn’t eat as much.
It’s very unsettling when you are in a constant starve and binge mode. You feel out-of-control, like there’s something wrong with you. I don’t recommend that path.
Here’s what I do recommend to lose weight eating the wrong foods
Everything In Moderation
Doughnuts and Cinnabon rolls (lol …keep reading!)! They are my kryptonite. You know what yours are – and it’s OK to eat them. Really. Just remember: it’s better to eat one doughnut a day than six doughnuts in one shot.
Watch Out For Foods That Disrupt Your Hormones
Be aware that certain foods such as flour and sugar generate a chemical response in our body. They’re in pretty much everything, and especially for us women, they’re disrupting our hormonal balance, and our hunger and satiety signals from those hormones.
If you are starting out or struggling with your weight loss goal, ditch the flour and sugar for a month, and see how you feel. Then slowly add back them in, and see what happens.
It’s like hitting the reset button.
Flour And Sugar
Eliminating sugar and flour should help reset your hormones so you can get those “hungry” and “full” signals. Your taste buds are also going to change. You’ll be amazed at how overly sweet things are!
Just say ‘no’ to gluten-free flour, hidden sugars, fruit, and artificial sweeteners, too.
What About Gluten-Free Products?
Gluten-free flours are still flours, so they’re out.
Eliminate anything that raises your blood sugar – and you’ll be surprised at the things that can have sugar: ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and even toothpaste!
Fruit is also sugar, and it can spike your blood sugar levels, so I would eliminate fruit for the month. I do think fruit has good minerals and vitamins; I just think we eat too much. In general, you should have just one serving of fruit per day because of sugar.
Even though artificial sweeteners such as Stevia and Splenda aren’t supposed to raise blood sugar, I think the taste triggers your interest. If you have a little bit of that sugary taste, you’re going to want more.
“I can’t give up flour and sugar!”
I hear you! A lot of us are very attached to sugar and flour. But try it. And when you do, be aware of your thoughts and emotions. We gravitate toward sugar and flour when we’re stressed, bored, having a good day, want to celebrate … it’s emotional eating.
Get a notebook and write down your thoughts as you go through the process. Understanding why you are mindlessly grabbing those foods is eye-opening.
Your Taste Buds Will Change
When I was little, my father owned a convenience store, and we had video rentals and pizza and ice cream … and Entenmann’s doughnuts. I loved Entenmann’s Pop’ems.
Many years later, when I hadn’t had them for a long time, I ate one, and it was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever eaten. It felt like fur and chemicals on my tongue.
So when you change your palate, your taste buds do change. Stick with it. It may take time. The things that you thought you liked, you may not like anymore … which is a good thing.
I’ve been there too.
I am definitely a recovering carboholic. Back when I was dancing, I would eat tons and tons of bread. I don’t think I knew what protein was.
For instance, my husband used to bring home my favorite doughnuts, and I swear to you those doughnuts would call to me in another room and say, “come eat me … come eat me!”
Now, you can put a doughnut in front of me, and I can choose whether I want to eat that or not. I don’t feel like the doughnut is in control of me. I am in control of my choices of what I want to eat.
You can do it too!
In conclusion. take control today. And if your kryptonite starts calling you, click here, and let’s chat about how you can learn to lose weight eating the wrong foods.