Why Calorie Counting is Not the Answer
Did you know that Weight Watchers recently abandoned their calorie counting weight loss method?
So, to get down to the basics, it’s far more important to look at the source of the calories than counting them. If it wasn’t, you’d be able to substitute one meal a day for a Twinkie and still shed pounds…
Back in 2004, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report accurately concluded that carbohydrates (read sugars and grains) are the reason why Americans have been consuming increasing numbers of calories over the past 30-plus years.
Interestingly, the number one source of calories in the American diet is from soda, in the form of high fructose corn syrup.
Meanwhile, obesity rates jumped from 14.5 percent of U.S. adults in 1971, to nearly 28 percent in 2010. Previous research linked this increase to a greater intake of salty snacks, pizza and other fast foods — in other words, a greater intake of carbohydrates, mainly grains.
What’s the Answer?
At the end of the day, your consumption of carbohydrates, whether in the form of grains (including whole grains) and sugars (especially fructose), will determine whether or not you’re able to manage your weight and maintain optimal health.
Cutting out or severely limiting grain carbs and sugars can be the U-turn you’ve been looking for if you are currently overweight or your health is suffering.
The real remedy is to return to your kitchen and embrace good old-fashioned home cooking. By simply spending time in the kitchen cooking fresh wholesome meals you can increase your health and longevity.
A major leap forward would be to strive for a diet of 90 percent non-processed food and only 10 percent from other sources. Not only will you enjoy numerous health benefits, but you will gain the satisfaction of preparing meals and being able to control the ingredients.
Your Hunger is Your Guide to Your Optimal Fuel
Many do not realize this, but frequent hunger may be a major clue that you’re not eating correctly. Not only is it an indication that you’re consuming the wrong types of food, but also the amounts and timing throughout the day.
You can split your meals into five or six smaller portions and still be far less hungry than you ever were before because your body is finally getting the fuel it needs to thrive.
Typically, finding your optimal diet involves shifting the ratio of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, once you have determined what types of food your body is designed to eat. Optimal health may actually have less to do with the type of food you are eating, but more to do with the relative percentage of each food you consume.
If you are eating right for your nutritional type, your meal should leave you with increased energy, noticeable improvements in mental capacity and emotional well-being and should leave you feeling satisfied for several hours.
However, if you feel worse an hour or so after eating, such as:
- You still feel hungry even though you are physically full
- You develop a sweet craving
- Your energy level drops
- You feel hyper, nervous, angry or irritable
- You feel depressed
… then you are likely eating the wrong combination of protein, fat and carbohydrates for your nutritional type
The best case scenario that can come from Weight Watchers changing their program is that it may bring millions of more people back to REAL food, opposed to processed “diet” foods.
(Just keep a close eye on your fruit consumption, Berries excluded)