The main source of weight gain is not healthy fats, but processed trans fats and excess sugar. In his YouTube accessible UCLA public, Sugar-The Bitter Truth, Dr. Lustwig outlines the biochemistry on how sugar and fructose make you fat. Healthy fats such as organic butter, nuts, seeds, and olive oil actually benefit our heart and other organs.
The solution to keeping slim in any season: Eat whole, unprocessed foods. Your body doesn't recognize fake, engineered foods, and can’t metabolize and use them into our biological processes as effectively as nutrient dense, whole foods.
What are processed foods? Here's a quick assessment on determining what processed foods vs. whole foods are. Whole foods are as they would be found in nature, or baked with minimal processing and whole ingredients. They contain their full nutritional content and don’t need "enrichment," because they are not devoid to begin with. Examples include whole, unprocessed grains, fruits, and vegetables. Organic is the best, because it guarantees no GMOs, pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics which interfere with metabolism and can affect health negatively.
Is it something that comes in packages or doesn't expire easily? If that box of treats doesn't taste any different 2 days or 2 weeks after purchase, just think of how it's not decomposing in your belly or being utilized for biological processed. Processed foods actually make you crave more of them; because your body is using up it nutrients balance the nutrient deficiencies in the food you are eating. Therefore, you are consuming more calories and getting less nutrition! Portion control is much easier if your body is getting the correct cues to when it's full. Processed foods can actually shut off your body’s satiety cues, such as leptin and ghrelin.
Therefore, the key to healthy desserts is to bake using whole and natural foods. You can replace sugar with xylitol or stevia (and imbibe less calories), use gluten free grains abundant with nutrients, add in whole fruits and sweet vegetables, replace margarine with butter or ghee, and add fiber rich grinded chia or flax seeds for satiety.
You can easily access healthy recipes online by goggling what you’re looking for. For example, search "gluten free pie”, “organic chocolate cookies”, “gluten free pie”.
Thanks to the internet, we can find lots of options that satisfy our sweet tooth without creating bulge in our waists.
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