Weight loss keeps us all busy.
There are many discussions about calories.
We are debating the laws of physics against the human body.
And time and time again, we bump our heads in the wrong direction.
Weight loss is not a one-off event done many times over for special occasions.
The real question is this: How can I achieve and maintain permanent weight loss?
Myth 1: Eat less, Exercise More if you Want Weight Loss
In the long term, your metabolism is always going to win. Starving yourself means that you will have less and less energy, fewer nutrients, and that your metabolism is going to work less and less. How is that going to promote weight loss?
You see, your metabolism will sense a clear and present danger for you. That will reduce its natural fat burning capability to a minimum. Your metabolism will turn your body into a fat-storage machine, and everything you eat comes right into the many storage units your body creates for you. And that's only the eat less part of the equation.
Let's say you don't exercise at all. Moving more and better is a good thing. It helps with a lot of things and has its benefits for weight loss too. You are making progress. Exercise more will make you think about exercising longer, more often, or both. That won't be sustainable for you, and it won't lead to proportional weight loss. Your recovery, sleep, hormones, and again, your metabolism will suffer.
Myth 2: A Calorie is a Calorie for Weight Loss
Let's take a look at different types of foods and their calories. Food is energy, and caloric energy has to be the same for every calorie. The laws of physics make this energy statement right. But is eating donuts or fruits the same for weight loss?
Food is much more than fuel and energy. Different foods have different effects on the human body. Our body is a complex biochemical system that "knows" food. It makes a healthy difference between foods rich or poor in nutrients, saturated fat, and more.
Check out the satiety index for foods. It measures the ability of foods to reduce hunger, increase feelings of fullness, and reduce calorie intake for the next few hours. Donuts are low on the satiety index and will make you hungry and cue you to eat more. Fruits are high on the satiety index and will make you eat less and lose weight.
Is eating the same calories of donuts or fruits the same?
No, and the difference in the long term effects on your body is day and night.
Myth 3: This the Best Diet for Weight Loss
There are two issues that I see right away with the idea of the best diet for weight loss.
First, the concept of a diet creates a false narrative of a short-term exercise.
You make an effort for some time, and then you are done with it.
Nothing can be further from the truth with weight loss efforts.
You want to achieve and maintain optimal weight.
Second, there is no best diet for anything, let alone the best diet for weight loss.
People can lose weight in many different ways and keep it off forever.
Comparing diets from a theoretical point of view doesn't do a thing.
Google comes up with millions of the best diets for weight loss.
Which one is the best weight loss diet for you?
Weight loss is not a diet or a fixed, speedy and straightforward thing.
Your weight loss journey takes you and everything you are into account.
And it makes space for what promotes health and can be done consistently.
Weight loss is never easy and it is seldom about food only.
There are thoughts, feelings, and actions that work for or against weight loss.
The secret is to go back stage and take a deeper look at yourself as a whole person.
You're going to experience the freedom that comes up with weight loss as a by product.
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