It is freezing outside (in NY) 32 degrees F and we are surrounded by snow and ice. Today is February 2nd. It’s the day after the Super Bowl, big deal, it’s not a major holiday, not a significant day in history but it is a mark of the 139th day until the first day of summer, June 21! Yes, that’s right about 4.5 quick months that will fly by as quick as a blink of an eye.
Don’t wait ’till it’s too late, whether your “beach body” goal is to build muscle, lose a couple of pounds or drop a few dress sizes get the ball rolling now.
There is so much information out there on how and what to eat coming from experts, well-meaning people who share what they have done to reach their own goals, companies touting the value of their “magic bullet” product and research that swings back and forth like a pendulum so we really have no clue how to interpret what is useful information or not. I must admit I try to stick with the diet I created, “The Stubborn Fat Fix” and even then, there is always a little wiggle room to meet individual goals and preferences.
I wanted to share my thoughts with you to help you make better choices as you embark on getting to your goals for the summer.
One of the best pieces of information I have read in a long time is an article written by Dr. Jade Teta about a year ago. It is powerful and underscores the importance of individuality when considering what to eat.
Dr. Teta discusses what really matters in his article “A Calorie Is Sometimes Not A Calorie”. You can find it here at T Nation, http://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/a-calorie-is-sometimes-not-a-calorie.” What really matters and is most important to each of you who read this is that it incorporates personal factors (Hunger, Energy, Cravings, HEC) that should be considered higher priorities than a general “scientific” formula (fewer calories consumed = weight loss) which may or may not work for many individuals.
I have always questioned the calorie theory. Nutrition sessions with my clients center on these same personal factors. Focus is always on getting more in tune with what I call your body’s communication signals (BCS) or ACE (appetite, cravings, energy levels) that should dictate your WOE (way of eating). Using general “blanket” calorie formulas, like eat more calories to gain weight, eat less to lose weight, is not a standard that people “need” to “stick” to because factors that influence individual BCS are much more important. As Dr. Teta says, “balance metabolism first”.
In a previous blog, I outline the consequences of metabolic overdrive, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/what-is-metabolic-overdrive/ , if you need to repair your metabolism and have a metabolic disadvantage due to issues with blood sugar. thyroid, the gut, adrenals etc…following a formula that looks good and makes sense on paper does not work in a complex body system. You may want to check this out, http://www.zoeharcombe.com/2014/06/the-calorie-theory-prove-it-or-lose-it/.
Here are my favorite key points from Jade Teta’s article:
- The combo of sugar, fat, and salt will short-circuit your appetite centers, turning that “cheat meal” into a cheat week, or worse.
- The standard “eat less, exercise more” approach to dieting leads to about 20-50% loss of lean tissue.
- The quality of food you eat can directly affect the future efficiency of your metabolism.
139 days and counting, as you prepare for the summer and get your beach body on, my suggestion for the calorie theory is “Drop It Like It’s Hot”! Focus on what makes you tick; good quality food, stable and consistent energy and a naturally controlled appetite.