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Learn How to Eat Healthy
As a nutritionist, I have worked with many people who wanted to lose weight. While there are differences in how each person achieves weight loss, I try to steer people away from quick fixes and drastic changes in their diet. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million times: Diets don’t work. Their inherent design is to deprive yourself of some type of food, amount of food (or amounts of certain foods), time of day you eat, or a combination of all three for a specified amount of time. Anyone who has ever dieted can tell you, once you stop the diet, you will put the weight back on. It’s like magic and it will happen time and time again. This isn’t your fault and it isn’t a sign that you are weak or a failure; it is a sign that your body is responding accordingly. If you change something in your diet for a short time and then do not continue that change over time, it only makes sense that your body will return to the way it was.
Not All Calories Are Created Equal
The calories in=calories out theory has led to much of the confusion we have about how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Gary Taubes explains it better than anyone (and in EXTREME detail) in his book Good Calories, Bad Calories. In a nutshell, our bodies don’t treat all calories the same way. There are a plethora of studies that document people losing weight while eating more calories than they previously were. The hormone insulin plays a key role (if you keep your insulin lower, you tend to store less fat) as does biochemical individuality. This biological truth is why some people don’t lose weight (or even gain weight on calorie restricted diets). We’ll be talking about this much more in later chapters and you will see why eating foods that are right for your metabolic individuality are essential to a happy, healthy body.
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