One Simple Free Way To Lose Weight Effortlessly

Lose Weight Effortlessly

As long as weight loss remains a multi-billion dollar industry, opportunistic companies will keep thinking up new ways to get into our wallets.

Have you noticed there is a new weight loss “breakthrough” almost every month? You’ll recognize their advertisements by the use of such marketing buzzwords as “ground-breaking,” “advanced formula,” and “clinically proven,” to trick us into shelling out more cash for easy solutions to our expanding waistlines.

My favorites are the commercials that implore you to call your doctor if you happen to start losing too much weight too fast. How dumb do they think we are? It’s outright dishonest and manipulative but also perfectly legal.

These companies know some people will fall for their deceit. In fact, they’re counting on it, but they’ll make millions before the hype is over and the public moves on to the next weight-loss fad.

And they’re perfectly okay with that.

The Dangers in Losing Weight

When it comes to losing weight, almost everyone turns to counting calories. We weigh our food, download smartphone apps, and become Rain Man at doing math, all so we can stay within caloric boundaries and lose X amount of pounds per week.

While it’s true that burning more calories than you consume will cause you to lose weight, it’s not a healthy approach. This is because we often don’t change what we eat; we just try to eat less of it.

Rather than eating more fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, fish, and the like, we simply end up trying to eat fewer hamburgers, less pasta, and not as many cookies. See my point?

Getting thinner accomplishes nothing if you end up destroying yourself anyway. There are plenty of skinny, sick people in the world.

Being overweight does indeed contribute to disease. However, the same unhealthy lifestyle that leads to obesity also leads to illness. If we don’t change our lifestyle, our attempts to lose weight for health reasons will be wasted.

We have to pair our desire to be thin with the desire to be healthy.

The Simple Reasons We Gain Weight

Weight loss has nothing to do with counting calories, drinking processed and chemical-laden protein shakes or finding the right pill or plan. 

The amount of chunk around your middle, and the ease with which you lose it, depends entirely on your insulin levels.

The higher your insulin levels, the more fat you will store, and the heavier you will become.

High insulin levels are the result of two things:

  1. Eating the wrong foods.
  2. Eating too much at one time.

Here’s how it happens:

Your body uses the food you eat to nourish cells and produce energy. If there’s too much than what your body needs at that time, your blood sugar will rise, and your body will release insulin into the bloodstream to store the excess in your liver and muscles as glycogen (for energy). However, those storehouses fill up pretty fast. Once they’re full, the remainder is stockpiled as saturated fat.

The worst culprits in spiking insulin levels are:

  1. Grains like pasta, bread, pizza, bagels, rice, and cereal.
    *Farmers sell cows by the pound. Do you know how they make their cows big and fat? They feed them GRAINS!
  2. Sugar (includes grains) like candy, cookies, chips, crackers, baked goods, pastries, and anything containing high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.
    *Basically, any carbohydrate that is not also a fiber.
  3. Processed foods (pretty much all the foods listed above) are largely anything that comes in a wrapper, bag, or box. These are all the foods you find in the isles of the grocery store (those low-calorie boxed diet foods will sabotage you).

All the fresh, natural, real food is located around the perimeter. Real food rots; processed food doesn’t.

As we repeatedly cause our insulin levels to spike by overeating and making poor diet choices, our cells eventually become insulin resistantThis is a protective mechanism.

Insulin is toxic to our cells in high amounts, so they turn off their insulin receptors to defend themselves.

This is why overweight people develop type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It’s not because they are overweight; it’s because they are insulin resistant.

Those with type 2 diabetes may think their insulin levels are too low, but that is not the case. The problem is insulin resistance, which can be reversed if the right guidelines are followed.

Over time, fat cells become insulin resistant making it nearly impossible for the body to burn fat for energy. That destroys your ability to lose weight regardless of caloric restriction or dedication to exercise.

Lose Weight Effortlessly By Keeping Insulin Levels Low

Having said all that, the simple way to lose weight effortlessly (and avoid dozens of degenerative diseases in the process) is by keeping insulin levels low. We do this in a few ways:

  1. Keep carbohydrates at 50 – 100g per day. High carbs = high insulin = high fat storage. At this rate, you’ll lose about 1-2 pounds of fat per week without even trying. Make sure your carbs come from a healthy source, i.e. fruits and veggies, not pasta and crackers.
  2. Graze – Instead of eating three meals a day, graze instead. This means eating (whole foods) as often as you want, but only about a cup of food at a time. You should never be hungry, and you should never be full.
  3. Focus on healthy fats and protein. These are foods that the body was genetically designed to burn as fuel. The body prefers to get its energy from fat, so you'll turn into a fat-burning machine once you start eating more of it. Concentrate on:
    • Dark, Leafy Greens
    • Nuts and Seeds
    • Lean Meats
    • Fish
    • Eggs

There are hundreds upon hundreds of ways to make these foods delicious and exciting. Don’t kid yourself into thinking there is nothing you can do with that list. All it takes is a little research and creativity.

This list should be no surprise as it’s everything we know we’re supposed to eat anyway. “Eat right and exercise” is not a phrase health professionals keep repeating because we just like to say it. It’s the only effective way to lose weight that keeps your health intact.

Jerry Connel is a fully qualified nutritionist and personal trainer. He is also currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Food Science at Oregon State University in the US. He has been a keen bodybuilder throughout his adulthood and is well-versed with health supplements.