You should steer clear of the following foods as everyday foods while you are trying to understand How to Lose Weight because of their high carbohydrate, High GI and/or calorie content. These foods can be re-introduced in larger quantities and more frequently during the levelling our phase as you become closer to your ideal weight.
- Grains, cereals, beans, lentils
- Pasta, rice, noodles
- Bread, pastries, biscuits
- Chocolate, sweets, ice cream
- Fruit juice, carbonated fizzy drinks
We need to get you in to optimising your fat burn and by eliminating the foods above from your diet during the Weight Loss phase your body will turn to its fat stores for energy. At first, liver glycogen (stored carbohydrates) is used for energy, and then once those stores are reduced, your body will naturally turn to its fat reserves to keep you going. After about 48-72 hours of limiting your carbohydrate intake, the fat burning process begins.
Even if you have a day where you have eaten foods that are not part of the weight loss programme, do not give up; you are only human. Think of it as a five-day week, it will only take your body a day or so to get back into optimum fat-burning mode again. It is normal to have these days, so just take it in your stride and get straight back on the programme as soon as possible.
If you are finding it challenging why not try introducing some transition principles for a week or so. You can always move back to the weight loss stage whenever you are ready. It’s important to see this long journey ahead of you in stages. A transition phase is simply part of the journey that helps you get used to the idea of limiting certain types of food. It’s not a diet but simply a stage put in place to help your mind, rather than your body, get used to the challenges that lie ahead.