Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stop making that liver quiver...

First, I will caveat: I am not a certified nutritionist or a doctor! 

Now that I have that out of the way, some of you may have tried every fad diet in the world and wonder why you can't loose weight. You count calories, eat "health" foods, and try everything in the book that is supposed to work. Have you ever thought that there must be something wrong with those diets and the items you are consuming on a daily basis? There two things I think that, if everyone really understood them, would really help people to control their eating and fat. Those two things are your liver and insulin. This time I am going to give you a little bit of information about your liver. 

Your liver has two main functions: filtering toxins and processing fat. Just like a man with two jobs, the more time you spend doing one, the less time you spend doing the other. So, if we constantly give our bodies toxins the liver has to filter then it has little time to process and get rid of fat. Hence, we reduce our bodies ability to burn fat. 

Now, when I use the word toxins that refers to anything that your body cannot process. If you look at the label and see a lot of chemicals, even when it is "health" food. Your body cannot use or process it. This stuff has to be filtered through the liver! That includes preservatives used in canned foods! Don't be surprised but even items like soy products and whole wheat bread are extremely processed. Also, anything with artificial sweeteners, no matter how healthy it may seem, can be put into this category. 

Now, how do you beat this without having a PhD in nutrition? Try eating fresh food made of one thing like broccoli, steak, chicken, and rice. You can combine these foods to make healthy meals. One great example is a hamburger made out of 100% ground beef, lettuce, onion, tomato and 100% grain bread. 

Now, I will say that, in this day and age, it is extremely difficult to totally rid yourself of processed food. However, when you can, avoid them! In my own diet, to maintain muscle mass, I use protein powder which definitely has some portions that cannot be processed. However, the rest of my day consists of eggs, lean meats, fresh veggies and some fresh fruits. 

Finally, you can't say that you will start eating none processed food and forget all the other tenants of healthy eating but this is great place to start changing your lifestyle! You may ask, how do I know it works? Well, hours of reading don't hurt, and, second, experience! Not only for myself but for quite a few others who listen to recommendations from Team SideMeat! 




  1. No matter what kind of food you eat, counting calories will lead to losing weight. If you eat under your daily caloric maintenance it will lead to weight loss. The discussion on the type of food and how "clean" it is really gets into the debate on over all health, not weight loss.

  2. Mario you are correct! I can't argue with a law of Thermodynamics. With out being too specific as I like this to be an easy read, if you look at calories eaten and you take the same amount in a "clean" diet and the same amount in a processed diet you will loose more fat and/or gain more muscle on the clean diet. That being said, if you can change your current diet to a "clean" one (or at least a "cleaner" one) you should see a change in look and, of course, energy levels and alertness. As I stated, you can't flat out ignore all other dietary principles, such as calorie intake, but this is a great place to start and a way to maintain gains (or losses if we are talking pounds) permanently. This is just more of a "jumpstart" to a healthy, fit lifestyle. Thanks for the comment! We appreciate the discussion!

  3. Oh, I see what you're saying now. I think I just misunderstood the initial blog post. My bad :)