Is it really possible to lose weight in a healthy way without restricting calories?
Yes, it is! The secret to all this isn’t really a secret at all: eat nutritious food and stay active.
The easiest way to do this is to eat high carb low fat (HCLF). The three main components to this lifestyle are eating carbs without restriction, minimising your fat intake, and staying active.
The best part about this lifestyle is that you can eat as many carbs as you care for—no restriction! This lifestyle is about abundance. Eat as many clean carbs as you like.
Carbs are not to be feared. Carbs like bread, pasta, and potatoes have been wrongly demonised, only because these healthy foods are typically served with fatty cheese, meat, and oil. These fatty additions will cause you to gain weight, but the carbs themselves have nothing to do with it.
Clean carbs include fruits (with the exception of avocado and durian), veggies, potatoes, oats, rice, bread, pasta (gluten-free and wheat-based), and even foods like vegan pizza if prepared without vegan cheese or pesto. These foods should be eaten in abundance whenever you are hungry, and with little to no fat or oil.
There is absolutely no point in restricting carbs or calories if you are trying to lose weight. If you restrict the number of carbs you eat, you won’t have energy and you’ll feel terrible. You’ll have mad cravings, too! You crave starchy foods like bread or pasta because your mind and body need carbs to function. Instead of being miserable every day while fighting the intense urge to tuck into some carb-laden foods, do yourself a favour and eat some carbs. Your body will thank you!
If you want to lose weight healthily and keep it off, change the foods you eat instead of cutting calories. Calorie restriction may cause you to lose weight in the short-term, but you will not be able to keep the weight off permanently. In order to do that, you would need to restrict your calorie intake for life. The second you return to eating normally, i.e. eating a suitable number of calories each day, the weight will pile on.
So here’s a better plan, cut out fats and eat carbs. The more carbs you eat, the more energy you have to walk, run, and exercise. Now I have so much energy to walk everywhere. There’s no way I can eat around 3000 calories a day from fruits and veggies and sit around!
Try eating HCLF if you’d rather eat as much as you want instead of counting calories. You’ll feel energised every single day while you fuel your body with the most nutritious foods. It really is that simple.