Can you loss weight without exercising?


It so happened that the first book that fell into my hands and “worked” when I got a job at MYTH was David Perlmutter’s bestseller Food and the Brain. I note that before that, the amount of literature I had read on this topic and genre was approximately zero. Therefore, the natural reaction of the mind was the desire to check whether the “exposure” of gluten and carbohydrates presented by the famous neurologist and nutritionist is true. In general, writing articles about books that you do not believe are bad manners.

Chupa Chups

Memory helpfully chanted “Bread is the head of everything!”.

In addition, my previous life-professional period has ended, associated with physical activity and the work of the nervous system, as they say, for wear and tear. In this light, the home office seemed like bliss and a godsend. Therefore, I immediately grew a “beer” belly that I hated (although I haven’t been drinking beer for many years), and my chin began to hint at its doubling.

The most comical thing about this was that in general, I remained very thin – an unshakable 66 kg “in heat and cold, in sorrows and joys.” This is below the accepted norms, but I felt absolutely comfortable (and was in shape – for example, a personal record on the horizontal bar 22 pull-ups), so I did not follow any dietary canons. And suddenly – belly! One of my friends, who was “very pregnant”, but very thin, was jokingly called “Chupa-Chups” by her friends for her forms.

I began to call myself the same. My bodyweight approached 73 kg, and almost all of this 7-kilogram excess for some reason settled on the front of the waist.

Do I need to clarify that I read “Food and the Brain” with personal interest?

Gluten and carbohydrates

The book describes the harmful effects of gluten and carbohydrates on brain function and overall health. Perlmutter’s recommendations are extensive and thorough, with advice on proper nutrition given in conjunction with physical activity and sleep patterns.

But first, remember I talked about bliss? I didn’t want any training, jogging, or even exercises. Yes, at that moment I just dreamed of sitting on the couch and reading books. Secondly, the inner voice teased in the style of “Well, you’re not a fit on, why these exhausting troubles?”

Therefore, I chose a simple, like a crowbar, male option: I took only one parameter (but the main one) and checked it.

I gave up bread and sugar.

Long live visibility!

The mechanism of their detrimental effects on the brain, intestines, and body will not fit in a few lines, moreover, this description is not the purpose of my article. You can read about them in the book itself or on our blog. For me personally, visibility turned out to be above weighty and mega-reasonable arguments. Namely: a simple example with wheat flour, described by Perlmutter.

You need to make a ball of dough the size of a walnut and knead it under running water. After a few minutes, a sticky and viscous lump of protein gluten will remain in the fingers. It is this hard-to-digest “chewing gum” that clogs the villi of the small intestine, preventing the normal absorption of nutrients.

Time to share your results.

Kilogram per month

Within 7 months I was back to my normal. It turned out minus 1 kilogram per month. I didn’t go to the gym, I didn’t run in the morning, and I didn’t even do exercises. I just did not eat starchy foods and sweets. It was not easy, because gluten and sugar are one of the main food “drugs”, the most powerful addiction, despite the fact that in our food culture it is formed from childhood. I confess that four or five times I gave up and ate a nightly slice of pizza or a coveted street hot dog. And also ice cream. But the stomach is drawn in, this is the main thing.

Now I do not adhere to a strict diet, although I still limit myself to sugar and bread. And to keep my weight normal, I bought a treadmill. If you are too lazy to go outside, you can open the window and run at least a couple of kilometers at home. Because, of course, it’s good to be sybaritic, but in moderation, and sport is no gluten, and you can’t refuse it.

And also because it is much easier to maintain order than to fix a mess. Checked on me.

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