When we think about being fit and healthy or getting in shape for summer, we think about dropping weight on the scale and counting our daily calories. However, is this the right approach to getting fit and healthy or can this actually be the wrong approach and cause weight gain? I am going to explore the pit falls and potential dangers of being on a calorie restricted diet and being overly consumed with counting every calorie you eat.
First and foremost, the notion that the human body adheres to a strict mathematical equation in terms of calories is far-fetched! Consuming 2,500 calories of fruits, veggies, and lean meats is far different than 1,500 calories of pizza, candy, and processed meats. In fact, the 1,500 calories from pizza, candy, fat free and processed foods would elicit more weight gain than 2,500 calories from fruits, veggies, and lean meats.
Now let’s just think about this from a different perspective. In other parts of the world there are people in tribes that do not have the slightest clue of what a calorie is and even if they wanted to count calories their food has no label for them to even count! The real issue is not calories per se; it’s the effect those calories have on our body and the insulin response to those foods. Due to this calorie-counting phenomenon, health and food industry companies make low fat or sugar free foods, which in turn, is causing major health issues around the nation.
The low calorie and/or fat free foods should be avoided at all costs! These foods generate food cravings and lead to overeating because the foods each have very low or poor nutritional value. This leads your body to crave more to get the sustenance it needs. Thus, adhering to a low calorie restricted diet that has very little nutritional value makes your body say, “Hey! There is not enough nutrition so go eat more food!” (or something along those lines) J
Again, it’s not all about the calories but rather about the quality of food that make up those calories. Like I mentioned before, consuming 2,500 calories of fruits, veggies, and lean meats is far better than 1,500 calories from low quality processed food. Focus on eating high quality organic food whenever possible and stick to just water for your beverage. It is very difficult to eat REAL food and gain weight. When you eat good quality food you will find yourself actually eating less because the food is very nutritious. This leads your body to react in a positive way and cuts down on over-eating because the food cravings are greatly suppressed due to the incomparable nutritional values of the unprocessed and fresh foods.
So as a quick recap, eat REAL food and learn to listen to your body and you won’t have to make a daily calculation of calories and a monthly (or daily) date with the scale! Instead of counting calories just ask yourself this question, “Was this food around 10,000 years ago?” If not, DON’T eat it and you just solved your counting calorie problem!
If you need more tips about eating healthy on the go, check out my Healthy eating on the go video. Put these principles into action and watch your mind and body make dramatic changes!
Until next time live with passion and get inspired!