Never Calorie Count Again
You have been told that counting calories are the way to lose weight, right? Energy in, energy out, makes sense in a way. But our bodies are too complicated for it to be that simple. A calorie in a cookie is not the same as a calorie in an avocado...if you think it is, then you really need to read on.
The body is complex
Food is a source of energy from living organisms that affect every biological function in our body. Depending on what you eat, you turn on multiple pathways that can either lead to disease or the prevention of disease. Your food changes your behaviour, mood, hormones, immune system, gut flora, brain chemistry, nervous system...the list goes on. So don't be fooled by the low fat skinny milk that has been through multiple processes and tampered with, go for the less processed version.
A calorie doesn't equal a calorie and thinking that 1 energy dense calorie is exactly the same as the other is past science. It's like comparing a bunch of Tim Tams and a hand full nuts; they have two completely different effects on your body even if they have the same amount of calories. So, ask yourself the question...which one am I going to feel better after? Quality of course!
Good Fat vs Bad Fat
Yes, fat can be good, and it's high in calories. Not only can it be good, its satisfying and turns of messages in your brain to stop eating (okay it's a lot more complex than that, but you get the big picture). Research has compared low-fat diets with high carbs, to a high-fat diet with a low-carbs study. The high-fat groups did better (if you want the research I can link it). In fact, lots of high omega 3's and 6's are extremely high in calories but provide anti-inflammatory effects, satiety, brain function and protection against cardiovascular disease.
It's A mental mind f*#K
I don't know how you guys do it. It gets obsessive to the point of unhealthy and you become scared of eating. Constant counting, points, weight watchers, the life is drained out of you, you're constantly turning a packet and looking at the nutrition labels. You're stressing your self out and putting the body into sympathetic dominance (fight or flight mode). This affects your nervous system, digestion, consequently increases inflammation, blood pressure, adrenals etc.
Is it actually a real food? How about avoiding nutrition labels altogether and buy food that doesn't need a packet. Shop in the fruit and vegetable isles. Look at the ingredients, not the label of contents, fats, salts, sugars. Can you pronounce the words on the ingredients list? If not, then don't get it.
It slows your metabolism and deprives the body of nutrients
A low-calorie diet is restrictive, minimal and plain old boring. Human studies have shown that low-calorie diets can slow the metabolism. Studies have shown that even when on a high-fat diet with the same consumed amount of calories as a low-fat diet, you are more likely to lose weight.
Eat when you are hungry
listen to your body
eat quality foods that you know will be better for you.
Ask yourself what is going to make you feel better (energy, mood, behaviour)?
A 100 calorie packet of chips doesn't equal a 100 calorie apple.