Counting calories, avoiding fats,
miniscule portions, living with hunger—dieting is a drag and the majority of
people eventually gain back the pounds they fought so hard to lose. Newer
research shows sloth and gluttony aren’t necessarily to blame for excess
weight, but instead inflammation, leaky gut, stress, and other health
Dieting slows the metabolism
influences hormones that control appetite
so you may become
hungrier, and can create a cycle of unhealthy yo-yo dieting.
You’ll have better success if you eat
with a focus on lowering inflammation, detoxifying the system, and meeting your
nutritional needs. Many people take on anti-inflammatory diets to manage
constant pain, digestive complaints, skin rashes such as eczema or psoriasis,
an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, high blood
, anxiety, and other chronic health
People are surprised to find that not
only do their symptoms fade but they also lose unwanted pounds. This is because
excess weight can be a symptom of health imbalances, such as chronic
inflammation, stress or leaky gut
, a condition in which the lining
of the gut becomes inflamed and porous.
Weight loss through better health
An anti-inflammatory diet focuses on
whole foods and is free of inflammatory foods. Although it may cut out many of
your favorite foods, it does not require you to be hungry. In fact, hunger can
work against you by causing low blood sugar. Certain herbs and supplements that
cleanse and detoxify the body can boost the anti-inflammatory and weight-loss
benefits of the diet.
Anti-inflammatory diet basics that can
lead to weight loss
Although anti-inflammatory diets vary, here
are some basics:
- Eliminate all processed foods, fast
foods, desserts, coffee drinks, sodas, etc. These foods are designed to
be addictive. Your anti-inflammatory diet
should consist mainly of whole foods found in the produce and meat sections of
the grocery store, with an emphasis on plenty of vegetables. Also eliminate
processed vegetable oils and hydrogenated oils. Stick with natural oils such as
coconut oil and olive oil.
- Eliminate common inflammatory foods. The
most common culprit is gluten,
the protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and other wheat-like grains. Many
people enjoy weight loss simply by going on a gluten-free diet. However, you
may have developed an intolerance to other foods, including dairy, eggs, soy,
and nuts. Eliminate these foods for about a month to see whether you react upon
reintroducing them one at a time.
- Eliminate sweets. Sugars and sweeteners
are inflammatory and a major culprit in excess weight. On the anti-inflammatory
diet you will avoid all sweeteners, including natural ones such as honey and
maple syrup. This helps curb cravings, stabilize blood sugar, lower
inflammation, and eliminate excess fat. Enjoy fruit instead, such as
- Some people may need to follow stricter versions of this diet, such as
eliminating grains, foods with lectins,
or nightshades. An anti-inflammatory diet can be
tailored to individual needs, but the focus is on clearing out the junk and
getting back to foods in their most natural state, with an emphasis on plenty
of leafy green vegetables.
- Eat to satisfaction, but do not overeat.
Overeating even healthy foods stresses the system and causes blood sugar
problems. If you have an eating disorder or food addiction, you may need
additional support for that.
- Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep
promotes hunger, stress, and inflammation and is linked with obesity in
studies. Sufficient sleep is a major inflammation-buster. And, of course, get
regular physical activity, not to burn calories
but because it is vital to good health. Overtraining,
however, can cause inflammation and actually counteract your weight loss
Boost success with gut repair and
I have found adding in nutritional compounds to
help repair a damaged gut, lower inflammation, support the liver, and gently
detoxify the system is a wonderful way to boost the health gains on an
anti-inflammatory diet. Ask my office for more information about a
detoxification and gut-repair program.