Is it all just about calories? No, it’s not! The ‘calorie in, calorie out’ model has been proven faulty. Did you know that if you transfer gut flora of an obese mouse to a thin mouse the thin one will get fat and vice versa. If you inject cattle with hormones (unfortunately a common practice today) it will gain weight faster on the same diet. This is just an example that the calorie intake itself does not determine our weight. It turns out that there are good calories and there are bad calories and we don’t have to feel hungry to have a healthy weight and feel great about our body. We can also get rid of our cravings and don’t let them take over our minds so we have more focus and brain power for other important tasks and activities throughout the day. It also explains why exercise is not so effective for many. I am a big proponent of exercise for health reasons but not as the only strategy for weight loss. It’s not just about burning extra calories. Your diet determines how your body responds to exercise so you can burn fat instead of the muscle mass.
There are of course a lot of factors to consider when you struggle with weight loss including your genetics, current health status, emotions, your diet and your lifestyle. When you identify them and address appropriately you will feel better, have more energy and mental clarity. The weight, most optimal for you, will be an extra bonus.
Please consult a qualified practitioner before trying any new protocols and make sure your dietary choices are healthy and appropriate for you.
To find out more information I recommend:
'Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health' by Gary Taubes.
'No Fail Fat Burning for Women' by Skye St. John