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stop-measuring-food-and-break-all-the-weight-loss-rulesAs a fitness professional, many of my clients are shocked to find that I loathe all weight loss rules! Their jaws drop when I tell them that I discourage calorie counting, measuring food, and paying attention to portion sizes. The way I see it, if cavemen didn't have to do it, then neither should we! Can you imagine our primal ancestors huddled in a cave with hammer and chisel, carving out calorie counts and portion sizes on cave walls? I think not!

Listen, the reason why so many weight loss professionals and programs encourage weight loss rules like calorie-counting and food measuring is because they don't trust that your body will know when it's had enough to eat. The existence of the "hunger switch" is believed to be broken; the off switch doesn't work so hunger is always "on". Ok, so there is some truth to that belief—that may be why so many of my clients are stunned with my unconventional approach to healthy nutrition. They only feel that way until I tell them why I don't calorie-count or measure food: I found out how to fix that proverbial switch!

Before I tell you how to fix that hunger switch, let's go off on a little side-tangent. The brilliant researchers over at the University of California in San Diego discovered what Dr. Robert Lustig calls "The Holy Grail of Obesity Research": Insulin in the bloodstream blocks the transmission of Leptin to the brain. Leptin is the hormone that tells your body it's had enough to eat.

While I understand you may not be pumping yourself full of insulin, chances are that the foods you are eating are causing insulin to be released into your bloodstream. Want to break all the weight loss rules and stop calorie-counting and food measuring? Simply stop eating all the foods that cause insulin to be released into your bloodstream!

Such foods include anything that is made with highly refined sugars, wheat, and grains in general. Yep, pretty much 80 percent of the foods you probably eat. These foods essentially turn off your body's "I'm full and satisfied" signal, causing you to consistently overeat—which necessitates calorie-counting and food measuring. Eliminate all processed foods and grains from your diet and you won't need to keep a food log!

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