Traditional diets don’t work long term because their fundamental design defies brain and metabolic science.
Most diets rely on counting calories, points or macros, weighing and measuring.
They rely on the calories in/calories out model of calculating weight loss.
But this formula is flawed.
All calories are not created equal.
Instinctively we know that 100 calories of a green, leafy salad and a 100 calorie muffin have vastly different nutritional profiles.
But did you know that your body actually digests them differently? That they travel different metabolic pathways? That certain foods are more easily stored as fat than others?
Understanding these concepts and how to use them to your advantage are more important than all the measuring and counting paradigms.
Dieters readily accept that the eat less/move more formula is the path to weight loss.
Seems logical, right?
We’ve been brainwashed to believe that somehow the human body understands math. Somehow it can calculate the math equation of calories eaten – calories burned = weight loss or gain. This is not an accurate representation of how our bodies respond to either food or exercise.
The human body is not designed to speak the language of calories. It is designed, however, to speak the language of hormones. Fluently.
Our hormones determine whether we store energy or burn stored energy.
The whole concept of calories is a man-made construct.
The concept of the nutritional calorie was devised in a chemistry lab.
Here’s what the Scientific American magazine has to say:
The flaws in modern calorie counts originated in the 19th century, when American chemist Wilbur Olin Atwater developed a system, still used today, for calculating the average number of calories in one gram of fat, protein and carbohydrate. Atwater was doing his best, but no food is average. Every food is digested in its own way.
Calorie counting is an imperfect system for determining what we should eat to lose weight.
When the food we eat speaks to our hormones, our bodies know how to respond.
Hormones tell our bodies exactly what to do with whatever we ingest.
But we’re taught to eat fewer calories and burn more calories through exercise as the path to weight loss success. Doctors, nutritionists, trainers our mothers, they all tell us to eat less and move more to lose weight.
And in the short term, calorie restriction works. But calorie restriction alone is insufficient to lose weight and keep it off.
Prolonged calories restriction causes metabolic slow down.
Trying to lose weight by calorie restriction alone tells your body you’re starving.
So when calorie restriction continues for months, you’re actually instructing your body to slow its metabolism to conserve energy and keep you alive.
Eventually eating the same calorie restricted diet is no longer enough to lose or maintain your new weight. That’s when your pride and confidence in your willpower and focus degrade into shock, frustration, and despair.
The shame and anxiety of weight loss failure close in like a heavy, black cloud.
That’s when the “f* it” voice in your head grows louder and you guiltily return to your former way of eating.
Now matters are worse because you use food to buffer against your sad and angry feelings.
It is possible to prevent metabolic slow down, lose weight and keep it off.
During the early days and months of calorie restriction you can lose weight.
During this “honeymoon” period your willpower is high. You’re hopeful that you’ve finally found the answer to weight loss success.
But here’s the problem:
Depending on calorie restriction alone, without regard for how metabolic and brain science hinder or support your weight loss, is a sure-fire recipe for misery.
Here’s what you need to learn to achieve sustainable weight loss:
- How your metabolism is designed to function so you know how to control the hormonal levers that promote weight loss.
- Why we experience over hunger and over desire for certain foods and how to manage those urges, cravings and temptations.
- How to use current neuroscience research to engage our brains in support of weight loss.
- How to shape, shift and form habits that accelerate weight loss.
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I can teach you the brain science and metabolic science you need to know to have maximum control over your weight loss process.
Weight loss will become easier than you’ve ever experienced before.
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