Do you have to Starve yourself to lose Weight? No – Not if you want to remain healthy and achieve long term weight loss. This is all you need to know about the Wild Diet and Real Food.
What is the Wild Diet
This Diet focuses on what is Real Food – and pushes away the processed and refined foods we have in our diets. The Wild Diet focuses on fresh plant and animal based foods, avoiding processed foods. The main aim is to have your body burn fat instead of burning sugar.
What is Real Food
Real Food is nutrient-rich and is more filling and satisfying. Whilst on the Wild Diet, we avoid processed sugars and processed carbohydrates, and choose instead plant and animal simple foods. As refined foods are full of white flour, corn syrup, industrial corn and soy oils, and white sugar, and these can make you take in more calories.
Real Food focuses on Quality, for instance;
- For Red Meat and Milk, Butter and Cheese, go for Grass Fed cows
- for Bacon, choose organic and local pork, instead of factory farmed pork
- For Eggs, choose free range and organic
The Wild Diet is more filling, and contains mainly;
- natural proteins
- natural fats
- slow-burning carbohydrates.
Real Food includes upgrading the Quality of your Diet, these foods include;
- Fresh vegetables
- High Quality Meat
- High Quality Dairy products
Exercising is very important for your well being, but if you want to lose fat, you need to make changes in your eating habits. Losing weight whilst on the Wild Diet does not mean counting calories all the time, it means shifting your eating habits to real and whole foods.
The main result you should look for whilst on the Wild Diet is losing body fat, not losing body weight. A lot of people trying to lose weight end up losing muscle or water weight, they eat too little and possibly exercise too much. Building lean muscle will boost your metabolism, and this will help you lose weight for the long term as your body consumes more calories all day long and burns more fat.
Building lean muscle will boost your metabolism
Exercising for short but frequent times, is often more effective than going for long gym workouts, especially until your body gets used to exercising and your muscles start building up the endurance and strength required. Reducing the muscle soreness of the day later until your body builds up that strength again, helping you continue to exercise daily.
Examples of short but frequent exercises;
- A 15 minute brisk walk in the morning
- kettlebell swings – 3 sets of 15 repetitions each
- Push-ups – 3 sets of 10 repetitions each (you can do these on your knees instead of on your toes to reduce the strain)
- Skipping for 5 minutes, 5 times a week
It is widely known that processed foods can make us fat. Processed sugars, grains, starch, artificial flavours, artificial sweeteners are all found in processed foods. Past generations always bought Organic and Local food, and we raised our livestock without all the chemicals used today, giving them more space and a high quality life.
This is often no longer the case and we need to learn to make good choices whilst shopping for food for our family. Go for foods that are grown on farms, which are Local and Seasonal foods, rather than grown in factories. Factory-made food is made in massive volumes because it makes more money this way, not because it is more healthy for you.
Animals packed in tight cages are given growth hormones to make them grow faster, and antibiotics to stop them from getting sick, selectively bred to obtain the most weight and growth in the shortest time possible – and all these chemicals will be present in the meat you then eat.
Real Food should be:
- Free range
Finding this high quality food takes more effort and will cost more money, but the health benefits will be considerable.
The Wild Diet pushes your body to burn more fat for fuel, rather than sugar or muscle.
More than half of your plate should be full of plant-based foods, and these will improve your health, help you burn more fat and will Boost your energy.
The Wild Diet is not a Diet Fad, this is not something you take up for 2 weeks and see how much body fat you lost. The Wild Diet is something you adopt for the long term and will affect your everyday eating and lifestyle decisions.
The Wild Diet can be a more enjoyable and less restrictive Diet, which can be used for the long term and can bring on long lasting changes to your health and weight-loss.
The Wild Diet – The Get Started Plan
- Focus on food quality, not quantity
- Eat loads of non-starchy green and colourful plant based foods
- Include a portion of protein from Organic meats or wild fish and seafood
- Include high-quality fats such as grass-fed dairy products
- Have plenty of fresh herbs and Spices; turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar, garlic, fresh basil leaves
- Eat nuts and seeds, such as natural peanut butter, cashew nuts and almond butter
- Keep physically active every day, even for just short bursts
- Include a small portion of potatoes or brown rice after your workout
- Have eggs for breakfast
- Eat fresh foods
- Eat wild seafood (salmon, shrimp, crab), meats and game (such as lean rabbit meat)
- Eat whole grain foods (oats, barley, quinoa, rye, bulgur)
- Don’t count calories
- Burst training – break a sweat every day
- Avoid added sugars, breads, and gluten grains (avoid white bread and pasta)
- Skip the processed packaged foods and sweetened drinks
- Eat 2 portions daily of Fresh fruit (eg. apples, citrus fruits, berries)
- Enjoy your fresh and health meals
- Look for the best options when shopping for food (local, seasonal, organic etc)
- The occasional dark chocolate treat is allowed
- Limit your alcohol intake and choose red wine over beer or spirits
What should my plate look like when on the Wild Diet
Your Plate should have;
- 50.0% plant base food (fresh, organic, local vegetables)
- 25.0% high quality protein rich food (eg. meat, eggs)
- 12.5% fruit (eg. tomatoes, cucumber, avocado)
- 7.5% starch based food (eg. potatoes, brown rice)
- 5.0% fat based food (eg. olive oil, high quality cheese)
The Wild Diet can be a more enjoyable and less restrictive Diet