EATING LESS and EXERCISING MORE do not work to maintain long term health and fat loss goals. Even though it has been proven through research to not work, it is still the most common approach to fat loss. We have been told since around the 1970’s that if we reduce food and increase exercise we can burn off fat, it is not what you eat, but how much of it you are eating “everything in moderation.” Meanwhile…The World Health Organization states that worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since the 1980’s, furthermore, in 2011, more than 40 million children under the age of five were overweight and Australia is now ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world.
What have we missed? Why can we not maintain a low calorie diet? Why can we not keep the fat off? Why does the fat return after going on a low calorie diet?
Here is why:
- HUNGER is not sustainable, calorie counting means you are STARVING your body
- There is always an error in counting calories, it cannot be precise even if all you are eating are foods which are clearly labelled
- Different calories act differently in the body, for example protein is utilised differently to carbohydrates
- Cannot accurately calculate calories out, for example through exercise, there are no fixed values, there are numerous discrepancies
- When there is calorie in, for example during a low calorie diet, the body tries to adapt itself, it will operate slower as there is less energy coming in, therefore more difficult to utilise fat stores
- Calories burnt are not only to do with the energy cost of physical activity but also with basal metabolic rate and diet induced thermogenesis, and the latter is dependent on the type of foods consumed, the difference being the balance between protein, fats, alcohol and carbohydrate intakes. Again, there are no fixed values.
The real question to ask is WHY CAN’T MY BODY BURN FAT if I have excess fat? Why would you get hungry if you have surplus calories in fat deposits? Why not just burn the fat and get hungry after the fat has been burnt?
Your body cannot readily use fat for energy. But why cannot your body use this fat for energy if the fat is there to be used?
- Your body is metabolically dysregulating, for example through blood sugar or lipid metabolism
- Your hormonal pathways are out of balance
- Your brain chemistry is out of balance
- Your gut bacteria is out of balance
There is an imbalanced consumption between complex carbohydrates, simple carbohydrates, types of fats, proteins and/or alcohol. It is not that you are eating too much food, it is that you are eating the WRONG TYPE of foods.
How can you turn your body into burning fat as fuel?
- Stop counting or looking at calories in or out
- Manipulate FOOD QUALITY NOT QUANTITY
Allow your body to heal itself by feeding it with Quality nutrient rich foods and never starve again!
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