Today I’m writing a somewhat subversive post. I’m going to address the topic of calorie restriction while dieting and why it doesn’t work in the long run. Many of you may think I’m ill informed, ignorant, or worse yet, crazy! Bear with me—I think you might be interested in what I have to say.
In theory, calorie restriction will help you take pounds off your body. However, studies show that keeping the weight off, by restricting calories, represents a monumental challenge. Peer reviewed research reveals that diets which include complicated calorie counting and restriction, end most often in an epic fail. Why do so many people have such a hard time with calorie restriction? It’s because our bodies don’t like to have food limited; and furthermore, when hunger strikes, our brains will eventually drive us to consume the calories it needs to function optimally. Therefore, willpower can only take one so far on a diet. Eventually, as the research shows, people get tired of being hungry and go back to old eating patterns that make them feel full, but unfortunately pack on more pounds.
So what can one eat to lose weight and not calorie restrict? Once again we return to the carbohydrate. A diet that focuses on complex-carbohydrates full of fiber makes your stomach full and leaves the brain feeling incredibly blissful! While it is important to eat low fat when eating this way, I promise, you won’t even miss the heavy oils that come with the standard American diet. Some of you might be saying, “Wait a minute, I thought you said this was a blog about abundance, not deprivation! Why are you saying to limit fat?” That’s a fair question and I respond as follows: When you limit the overt (processed) fat, you can eat with abandon, all the fruits, veggies, beans, bread, potatoes and whole grains that you wish. So in reality, limiting fat frees you up to eat abundantly!
You will never count another calorie, worry about carb totals or glycemic indexes. You will have more energy, your brain will feel balanced and you will find yourself happily pursuing new endeavors. Because eating in this manner is so high in fiber, you get full before you consume too many calories. You may eat whenever you wish and eat as much as you desire! It is beautiful in its simplicity!
Remember, you can eat all the whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables you desire! Have a bean burrito or a quinoa salad. Cook up a pot of whole grain pasta and smother it with a veggie rich marinara sauce. Eat some butternut squash soup with a side of salad. Smash in some blueberries, apples or dates for an afternoon snack! Eat Abundantly. Keep Shining. Peace Out!
I like to make the following recipe in a HUGE batch on Sunday and eat on it all week. You can vary the meal by serving different sides, i.e., a side of potatoes, salad, bread or rice.
Bodacious Black Bean Soup
4 Cups dried black beans, rinsed.
64 oz canned tomatoes
2 small cans of green chilies
2 sweet onions, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
2 bell peppers, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
2-4 tsp chili powder, depending on how spicy you like it
4 tsp cumin
½ tsp crushed red pepper
¼ tsp chipotle powder
½ – 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Put all ingredients except for cilantro in crock-pot. Pour in 12 cups water or veggie broth. Turn crockpot on high and cook for around 8 hours. Serve with cilantro on top. Garnish with avocado and/or salsa. You can eat it plain or serve it over brown rice, millet, potatoes or quinoa. Smash in as much as you desire! Enjoy.