For a very long time, it’s been “common knowledge” that, in order to lose weight, you must eat less food, or at least consume less calories. Is this the truth? Must you starve yourself to trim down? Are you doomed to a life of constant hunger, and to feeling like a failure when you binge?
Let’s consider the animal kingdom. Of all the creatures God has made, the animals in the wild eat as much as they please; and even the ones with an ample natural food supply don’t have a problem with weight. The only creatures who constantly struggle with their weight just happen to be human beings and the animals who live with them. Coincidence?
In the wild, animals eat their natural diet. Horses don’t eat bananas, and monkeys don’t eat grass. Lions don’t eat acorns, and squirrels don’t hunt down deer.
Humans, on the other hand, have become quite skilled at eating what we were not created to eat. In Genesis, we read that God gave man the fruit of the trees and the herbs of the field for food. It wasn’t until the Great Flood, when man would have starved and not been able to populate the whole earth due to the climate change and the reduced plant life (fruit trees, a major source of man’s original energy supply, didn’t regrow over night, and wouldn’t grow at all in many of the new climates), that God told mankind he could eat the flesh of animals.
That was not his natural diet. And when we eat things we aren’t biologically supposed to eat in large quantities over a long period of time, we start developing major physical problems.
But that’s a really big topic, and we can come back to that later. What’s important in that train of thought is that in the beginning, God not only gave man lots of sweets and carbohydrate-filled treats, but He also told him to eat as much as he wanted.
In Genesis 2:16, God said, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat (except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil).” In other words, “Eat to your heart’s content. No need to count calories.” So much for the popular belief that fruit makes you fat. Even after the fall, while we don’t see an account of the quantity of fruit consumed, we do know there was farming, and there are early records of various starches, including lentils.
After the Flood, we read the following in Proverbs 23:20: “Do not be among heavy drinkers of wine, or among excessive eaters of meat.” The word translated as “meat” literally means animal flesh. Does God just not want us to have too much fun? Ixnay on the ineway? Can’t have much wine, and can’t eat a lot of meat? Is God just mad at the Atkins and Paleo crowd? Well, just like all His laws, there are good reasons for them. Primarily, they are against His nature, and/or they cause us harm. So just like too much alcohol damages your body and mind, so too much animal flesh causes serious problems.
The same goes for milk. God designed milk for a growing baby. For a baby human, human breast milk is nutritionally perfect, is the perfect temperature, and creates a strong physically and emotionally healthy bond with the mother. The same is true for baby goats, cows, cats, and dogs. And all creatures wean their young at an early age. All, that is, except for humans. For the average human, weaning just means changing from a nipple to a cup. We don’t stop drinking milk. And it’s no wonder that approximately 70% of both children and adults, with or without realizing it, have some level of allergic reaction to lactose (milk sugar), because our bodies were designed to drink human milk as a baby, and then be weaned. It’s also no wonder that casein, the predominate protein in dairy products, has been proven to cause cancers, especially breast and prostate, since it was designed for baby cows, not adult humans; and, of course, it can cause weight gain.
It’s The Fat
Our bodies love turning carbohydrates into glucose, and they do so very efficiently. Fat, on the other hand, is more difficult to burn. So if you are eating enough carbohydrates to fuel your body, and you’re also eating excess fat (and we’ll cover the meaning of “excess” in just a moment), your body has no need to burn the fat and stores it away instead. In fact, you can tell which animals a person likes to eat by taking a sample of their body fat and running an analysis. If they like bacon, they’re carrying around pig fat. If they prefer chicken, they’re carrying around bird fat. If they eat at McDonald’s, they carrying around clown fat. Just kidding with that last one. The point is, the analysis of your body fat doesn’t identify rice, potatoes, or corn, only animal fat. “The fat you eat is the fat you wear.”
It is an inefficient process for the body to turn carbohydrates into excess fat. Aside from very unusual conditions, your body will store up to two pounds total fat produced from carbohydrates in the form of glycogen (energy stores), and the rest is burned off (thermogenesis). Your body is great at dealing with energy (calories) from plants, because that is what you were designed to eat!
What Is Excess Fat?
Based upon the diet God created us to consume, excess fat can be found in:
- All meat, including chicken, fish, and eggs (even “lean” meats are relatively very high in fat).
- All dairy products (low-fat is still relatively high in fat, and to make fat-free dairy, the amount of deadly casein is increased).
- All vegetable oils (which can cause as much damage to your cardiovascular system as animal fats).
- Over-indulgence in nuts and avocados (naturally produced in limited or hard-to-access amounts for a reason).
Don’t buy into the bro-science that says eating lots of fat is good for you. It’s not. It’s been proven not to be by numerous large-scale, long-term, peer-reviewed studies. And it’s not what the Bible shows us God created us to consume.
You Were Designed to Eat Plants
God designed you to eat plants. That’s the diet He gave us in the garden. That’s what we ate even after the fall. It was hundreds of years later that, primarily because of climate change, God introduced the carcasses and bodily fluids of animals as human dietary possibilities. And then He warns us in Proverbs 23:20 to not eat too much of it.
In a few remote places, some people today still need to eat animals to survive, because there are not enough edible plants to provide the necessary caloric and nutritional needs; however, most of us have access to so much plant-based foods year ’round that we do not need to consume the carcasses or bodily fluids of animals. And the less of it you eat (optimally none), the better off you’re going to be.
This is why a growing number of well-known doctors and nutritionists are proving that the human body does best on a whole foods vegan diet, and that any addition of flesh and dairy causes damage; the more that’s added, the worse the damage. To those of us who believe the Bible, this should come as absolutely no surprise. Regularly consumed, these substances cause heart disease, strokes, Type 2 Diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and a number of other degenerative and autoimmune diseases.
Today, most of us eat meat and/or dairy for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and desert. It’s in everything. And just in case that’s not enough to make most of us overweight, we add vegetable oils. And when we start noticing that we’re too large, what do we do? Well, the popular answer is not to cut out what’s causing the weight gain, but simply to under eat. Keep eating the meat, the cheese, and the oil, just cut down on everything you’re eating.
But starving yourself does some really bad things.
- It can leave you without energy.
- It can cause more nutritional deficiencies than you already have.
- It often leads to binging, since God programmed us with a strong hunger drive for a very good reason.
- It damages your metabolism, and makes it very easy to quickly gain back every pound you lost and more.
On the other hand, consuming large quantities of whole foods plant-based carbohydrates does some really good things.
- Carbohydrates are the best macro nutrient for boosting your production of leptin, the fat-burning harmone.
- They give you good, long-lasting energy without stimulants.
- They provide your body with all the nutrition it needs (minus B-12), including protein, calcium, and fatty acids.
- They make it much easier to move your body and stay physically active.
Your cravings for meat and dairy and excess fat will quickly disappear (anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks), and you’ll find that you are tremendously satisfied with your potatoes, non-GMO corn, rice, beans, whole grain pastas and breads, fruits, and vegetables. And you’ll start to lose weight eating to your heart’s content.
WARNING TO TYPE 2 DIABETICS!
If you have Type 2 Diabetes, you should watch your blood glucose levels very carefully! The fat you’ve been eating has clogged up your insulin receptors, which is why you have Diabetes. When you ditch the fat, your insulin resistance will quickly reverse itself. So if you’re taking insulin shots, you might consider stopping them immediately to keep you out of a diabetic coma. Most Type 2 Diabetics are able to go off all of their related medications within a few weeks, and never have Diabetes again (as long as they continue eating this way).
For Type 1 Diabetics (like me), watch your glucose levels very closely and reduce your insulin as needed.
NOTE: This is not meant as medical advice. Please consult your physician. (There’s the legally-necessary disclaimer!)