Refined grains and weight gain: How to win the ‘battle of the bulge’

What’s the connection between refined grains and weight gain? There is a connection, because when I excluded all refined grain I lost weight. I was stuck until I stopped all refined carbs. It’s from my own personal experience. And, the weight stays off as long as you avoid processed food and refined carbohydrates.

Stopping all forms of grain is not easy. Grain is very addictive. And, it will make you gain weight. We all know that when you take in more calories than you burn up, you gain weight. This is common knowledge that’s been around for quite a while.

It is well known that fruits and vegetables will make you lose weight and make you healthier while eating refined grains and sugary drinks will increase your disease risk and are factors in weight gain.

Conventional wisdom says a calorie is a calorie. Is this true? Who wants to eat less and exercise more? I know I don’t want to be starving when I exercise! What’s my motivation if I have to work hard and feel hungry all the time?

There’s all kinds of diets and theories that go along with them out there. Where’s the scientific research? It’s totally confusing. There’s low-fat diets, high protein, eat more fat, and low-carb, etc. just to name a few.

Have you noticed that when you eat chips or crackers you never feel satisfied? I know all I want is more! That’s because they are made like that. This means, you want to keep eating until the entire bag or box is gone! Then, you go out and buy more.

You sacrifice flavor in a low fat diet. This means, they compensate for lack of taste by adding more sugar and salt, etc. Not good for you!

You don’t want to eat your carbs from sources which rapidly digest. This is refined food like white bread, (this goes for whole grain wheat, soy, not even sprouted) noodles (no matter if they are made out of wheat, rice or corn, etc.) white rice, chips and crackers. Junk food and snacks will increase our risk of weight gain, heart disease and diabetes.

You don’t want to eat small portions and be hungry all the time. Your body goes into the starvation mode, and you won’t lose weight. Furthermore, the blood sugar highs and lows associated with eating junk food is another thing we don’t want over time. It’s not healthy. More about WEIGHT GAIN AND GRAIN, here.

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.