You can eat anything and lose weight.
This has to be too good to be true right? There is no way on earth that someone can eat donuts and lose weight... Right? I am only allowed to eat clean foods including lean meats, whole grains, healthy fats, fruits, and veggies, right? Eating a slice of pizza will send me into a downward shame spiral where my fat cells multiply by infinity and I'll feel depressed, right? Ugh.
If you feel and think this way, I don't blame you. Society has transformed the minds of everyone to believe that certain foods will instantly make you gain fat. People! Your body does not have some magical indicator that says broccoli will make you lose weight while a bagel will destroy you. I followed this practice for years only eating "clean" foods and found myself stuck cause I was so sick of eating the same boring stuff everyday. It made me want to go binge on junk food on the weekends because it was something that was off limits. As soon as you take away something, your mind will crave it more. This is why my last blog discussed why going cold turkey is setting you up for doomsday.
Death to clean eating
I am the leanest I have ever been in my life and I eat all of the foods that are "off limits." Dairy, bread, soda, and other so called bad for you foods are things that I consume daily. Here's proof that I'm not a beached whale:
When you drop 25 pounds and can still eat burgers.
Yes, it sounds absolutely contradicting compared to what you know and I know that I am asking a ton from you to be open minded, but hear me out. I promise that I won't steer you down the wrong path when it comes to your weight loss journey. So let's begin..
examples of ex-clean eaters
So you might be saying to yourself, "OK Luke, so you say that you are eating grains and dairy, but you really aren't eating pure junk food." Case and point heard my imaginary reader! Why don't we look at a study with a doctor who pushed the envelope to the epitome of extreme when it comes to eating junk food and losing weight. Let's bring in Dr. Mark Haub.
Dr. Haub is a professor from KSU who infamously took on the "Twinkie diet" back in 2010. This man decided to see what would happen if he only counted calories while eating a convenience store food type of diet including Twinkies, Doritos, and other sugary snacks. He made sure to still get in protein by whey protein drinks and took in vegetables from canned green beans. Now any person who knows a thing or two about nutrition is absolutely cringing and holding onto their stomach imagining the amount of toxins and poison this guy decided to eat every day. Here's whats interesting.. Did he gain a ton of weight and develop cancer? Nope. Instead he lost 10% body fat, dropped bad cholesterol, and increased good cholesterol. But...what..how..did..he..what? By all logic and reasoning, this guy should be on his death bed and instead he is looking better than ever.
Ok so this is only one case, what about another one? Let's bring in Dr. Layne Norton. Dr. Norton is a champion body builder and power lifter who competes at the natural level. He also holds his Ph.D. in nutritional science and is considered the founder of a way of eating called, "If It Fits Your Macros." Needless to say, this guy knows quite a bit about food. Dr. Norton decided to prepare for a body building show by eating ICE CREAM SANDWICHES every day before his show date. His results? He came out looking like this. Once again to hit home, this guy decided that he was going to be judged by his body with ice cream as his secret weapon...
Are you starting to be convinced yet? Let me explain how this is possible..