Why So Many Veggies?
I want to talk briefly on the question I get a lot, “Do the veggies really matter as much as your method suggests?”
You already know veggies are good for you. You know they have lots of nutrients. You know they are the typical “health” food. Has that knowledge kept you motivated to eat a primarily plant-based diet? No. Probably not, or else you wouldn’t be interested in fat-loss regimens at all.
You need a little bit more pieces to the overall puzzle to help you understand just how important eating a diet heavily tipped by vegetables is. How and why exactly do vegetables aide in weight loss? How does skipping them, or eating less of them, in proportion to other foods, keep you from your long term goals?
Here’s why: your body runs on thousands of hormones, interacting and supporting one another. Your metabolism’s health depends on the balance of those hormonal interactions. When you eat food, the contents and ratios of those foods tip the scales of balance in your metabolic processes. Some foods more than others. Foods that are high in fiber, water, and protein are the “grounding” foods for keeping balance.
Hear me on this…
All macros are absolutely crucial in maintaining balance and vitality. There are a LOT of diets out there that subdue, or even cut out entirely, the different macros. While you might see “results” for a while, they don’t last. The reason why they don’t last is due to the fact that by subduing or cutting macros an entirely different hormonal environment is engaged, causing some hormones to work harder than others. In other words, subduing or cutting macros creates high stress on the body’s metabolic process. The “results” you see in the beginning are, in a way, forced weight-loss, before your metabolism has time to catch up. Once it does it goes into lock down mode due to the stress of the diet.
What does that look like? Your body slows down your metabolic rate to prevent any more release of stored fat, it spikes cravings to encourage eating in order to restore lost fat, and meanwhile, your entire hormonal system is frantically trying to find homeostasis again, causing crossed wires in hormones responsible for hunger, satisfaction, energy, and more.
How do vegetables fit into this? As I mentioned above, foods rich in fiber, water and protein are “grounding” foods, keeping the scales from tipping too far one way or the other. Veggies and fruit are foods that provide lots of fiber and water. When paired with protein, you have a balancing and fat releasing cocktail. Due to the sugar content of fruit, which is good, needed, natural, and totally fine, by the way, you still want to make sure you are eating more veggies than fruit. If you need a numerical illustration, think 80% veggies and 20% fruit.
I’ve also explained before how your intestines actually taste and analyze your food to send messages to your cells about whether to release or hold onto fat in the event that your body needs more energy. The messengers are called Incretins, and there are two types: fat releasing and fat storing. When you eat Veggies + protein, fat releasing messengers are sent out. By eating a diet that is heavily influenced by veggies and protein you release more fat releasing hormones. However, people, when hearing this info, want to lock in on “Only eat veggies and protein so that you can always release fat…why eat anything else?” This is the wrong mindset and leads to the imbalance I described above!
The Roic + Bru Method teaches you how to find a balance in eating a proper amount of each macro, delightfully manifested in different ways, allowing room in your everyday life for ALL foods; even the publicly crucified “naughty” foods.
If you’re interested in learning more about that, check out The Method!
Otherwise, do yourself a favor, and let your goal this week be, “EAT MORE VEGGIES!”