Want to get in better shape? Stop counting calories and focus on food quality.
There are thousands of books that advocate counting calories of what you eat and cutting calories. Sure this might work short term, but it is not going to succeed long term as you will not keep it up for the rest of your life and inevitably binge eat. Also your body is designed to fight back calorie restriction by increasing hunger, slowing your metabolic rate, and production of stress hormones. Calorie restriction always fails, not because of poor willpower, but as result of human biology.
“The main problem with our diet today is that it has been hyper-processed. It is fast food in every sense of the word: You eat it quickly, but you also digest it quickly, causing a surge and crash in metabolism. Processed carbohydrates program our bodies for weight gain, because they raise levels of the hormone insulin, which is like Miracle-Gro for fat cells. Natural, whole foods, on the other hand, are digested across the full length of the intestinal tract, which leads to a gentle rise of blood sugar and a gentle return to baseline. Calories are not shunted into storage in fat tissue, but rather used—oxidized, in biological terms—by the rest of the body and the brain.
To gain these benefits, do three things: First, replace processed carbs with whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, and modest amounts of whole-kernel grains. Second, eat an adequate amount of protein, which can include plant sources. Third, enjoy plenty of delicious high-fat foods—nuts, nut butters, olive oil, and even full-fat dairy, rich sauces and spreads—because fat is filling and has minimal effect on insulin. When you eat this way, blood sugar, hormones, and insulin change more gradually after the meal. It’s like an ocean tide that gently rolls in and rolls out, versus a tsunami—a natural process of feeding and fasting that the body adapts to easily. Fat cells calm down and store less. Hunger decreases. Metabolism speeds up. It’s a recipe for long-term weight control without restriction or deprivation.” Source Harvard Public Health Magazine
Forget diets and focus on the food you eat in 2017 and the rest of your life if you want to become healthier and see positive weight loss results that you can maintain. Depriving your body of the energy it needs will wear you down psychologically and biologically. Feed your body healthy whole foods, vegetables and fruits and your body will thank you and work with you!
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