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EAT: 5 Tips to Achieving Your Ideal Weight

March 8, 2009

1. EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT: All health experts and all the research agrees that in order to maintain your ideal weight and become a healthier person you must eat more fruits and vegetables.  There is no limit, I challenge you to eat as much live food as you can. The health benefits are endless.

2. EAT MORE CARBS: Eat more quality carbs, in other words more plant based foods. This will not only improve your digestion and help scrub out that GI tract, but leave you feeling more satisfied and with more energy.

3. EAT MORE FAT: There are essential fats that are chronically deficient in our western diet: EPA and DHA.  These are what are known as omega-3 fatty acids most commonly known to be found in deep-sea fish.  Supplement a pure fish oil every day, eat grass-fedmeats, and a couple servings of deep-sea fish per week. Sorry vegetarians, I’m not saying that I don’t agree with your diet in fact people that eat mostly plants have much more longevity and less disease than meat-eaters, but you are missing out on some important fats. After all, your brain is made up of almost purely fat!

4. EAT MORE CALORIES: The nutrient dense kind of course.  Get rid of all that dead food: White sugar, white salt, white flour. Zero nutrient value, no minerals, no vitamins, and your body has absolutely no idea what to do with it.  Get rid of all the packaged foods and stuff that has more than 3 ingredients on the label.  Fresh Fiber First!

5. DRINK MORE: Water.  Alcohol and caffeine dehydrates and kills you, and sugary juice and pop makes you fat and stupid.  Duh… drink fresh water throughout the day and your inflammation will go down, your thirst will be quenched, and you’ll feel better.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. pat Benoit permalink
    March 12, 2009 10:02 pm

    Things we all know but sometimes ignore. Bad Us.

  2. drhewitt permalink*
    March 14, 2009 1:33 am

    Just focus on addition Pat. Start with adding good things in your life like the ones on the list and eventually there won’t be any room for the bad stuff. It’s worth it, and you can do it!

  3. Ray Desautels permalink
    June 19, 2009 2:24 am

    So simple and so much common sense. The big question is why is it so difficult to do and there is no doubt it is difficult.

  4. drhewitt permalink*
    July 15, 2009 5:26 pm

    You’re right Ray it is difficult. There aren’t many places that you will see or go that will reinforce the right decisions such as choosing the apple over the pastry strudel. One of the most important things you can do is set yourself up for success. Plan ahead and make meals for the week. Make good decisions at the grocery store so you don’t have junk at home. There are things that you can do to make sure a behavior happens or doesn’t happen like having some fresh veggies handy instead of a bag of chips. And surround yourself with health conscious people. I can’t tell you enough how important it is to have a pier group that practices and supports healthy habits. Oh yeah, and get a health coach. I know some awesome chiropractors in Winnipeg that can help. Thanks for the comment!

  5. May 12, 2010 5:41 pm

    I agree with everything but the fat. While it is true we need a little fat, the operative word is “little.” The amount of fat found in a “healthy” portion of the leanest cuts of meat and fish have too much fat to acheice or maintain optimum health. Plant-based fats are best. Not only are they easier for the body to process but they contain less “unhealthy” fat then meat. Furthermore, you can eat more plant-based foods without overloading on fat, which is impossible to do when consuming animal protein. Another thing to consider is that when consuming animal fat is that you are also consuming animal-hormone by default. Even if you raised the animal yourself on the cleanest diet, animals have natural hormones that get passed onto the human consumer. Hormones play an integral part in health and weight management. Your body should make all the hormone you need, any more throws the body’s hormones off balance, resulting in health issues including weight gain, thyroid failure, and cancer, just to name a few. –www.comidalibre.com

  6. drhewitt permalink*
    May 17, 2010 2:16 am

    I invite you to read this detailed evidence based post by Dr. Kratka: http://www.drkratka.com/blog/?cat=47
    He has included research done by Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. an expert of international renown in the field of lipid biochemistry. Other great books you might want to read about this topic are: Fats the Heal, Fats that Kill – Udo Erasmus, Queen of Fats – Susan Alport, In Defense of Food – Michael Pollan
    It is unscientific to refer to fats in meat as “unhealthy”. Just the same as it is to assume that plant based fats are best. While I agree that industrialized meats have detrimental properties such as chemicals and hormones (that are typically stored in fatty tissue), scientific literature suggests that we need less processed plant fat and more omega-3 rich animal fat in our diet if we wish to have optimal health and less chronic disease. Of course the animal fat I am referring to is found in naturally fed animals such as pastured beef, wild fish, free-range organic poultry and eggs etc.
    Excess consumption of polyunsaturated oils (plant based oils) has been shown to contribute to a large number of disease conditions including increased cancer and heart disease; immune system dysfunction; damage to the liver, reproductive organs and lungs; digestive disorders; depressed learning ability; impaired growth; and weight gain.
    I agree that a plant-based diet is best for optimal health and ideal weight, but the mistake most people make is that they assume that plant fats are healthy and animal fats are bad. In fact processed plant fats are rich in omega-6 fat that contributes heavily to inflammation, and therefore chronic disease and weight gain.

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