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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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Fat-free foods are making you fatI see you in the grocery store, carefully eyeing everything you pick up on the shelf. One phrase seems to be the determining factor of what goes in your cart and what goes back on the shelf: fat-free. What you don't know is that your careful dietary selections are only going to make you fatter. This is why and I'm praying that you will pay close attention...

Manufacturers are sneaky; they know weight loss is a huge market and that people are starting to pay more attention to their diets. How do they get their hands on a piece of the $61-billion-dollar Weight Loss Industry pie? They slap a label on their overly-processed foods that say "fat-free", then they sit back and watch the money start rolling in.

What these manufacturers don't tell you is that, while they skinnied-up the fat, they fattened-up the sugar to compensate for taste.  I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but my belief is that there is no such thing as fat-free processed food.  Guess what sugar turns into when it's done being processed by the body? FAT. See—while the body does need some sugar to function properly, all excess sugar beyond bodily needs is automatically stored as fat.

Not only that, but the fat is usually stored where most people are dying to get it off the most: the belly, hips, and thighs!

Not only do processed foods have an insanely-high amount of sugar, they also use way too much sodium to help preserve the food to allow for a longer shelf-life. Too much sodium in your body causes water retention to the tune of an added 2 to 5 extra pounds on the bathroom scale. Guess where your body is going to carry most of that water? If you guessed "my gut", you're right!

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Most of us have, at some point in time, lived our lives according to that number on the bathroom scale. The way we experienced our day would begin and end with that number. You know exactly what I'm talking about! One morning you hop on the scale and it tells you that you've lost a pound or two from the day before and you're feeling on top of the world! The following morning you do the same thing (it's like a ritual for you) and what comes next ruins the entire day for you:Why Bathroom Scales Suck

"How in the heck did I gain 5 pounds from yesterday?!?" (Cue emotional breakdown)

First off—take a big deep breath and stop letting your mantra be "why am I gaining weight?". Stressing out over it isn't going to do you any good—actually it'll make things worse for your midsection (article about the effects of cortisol and belly fat coming soon, I promise). Now that I've got you focused and centered again, I'm going to let you in on a little secret: Your bathroom scale SUCKS. Ok, not a surprise, but at least I have the pleasure of telling you why...

That bathroom scale isn't telling you the whole story. It doesn't tell you that the 5 lbs you gained overnight is water weight or muscle gain. Let me give a couple of examples to ease your mind regarding that 5-lb overnight weight gain.

Did you know...

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