The Calorie Myth: You’re overweight because you’re eating too many calories.
Sure, many folks struggle to eat healthy balanced meals. Partly, the US obesity epidemic is due to limited access to nutrient dense produce, and excessive access to calorie dense, nutrient depleted convenience food. In fact, most researchers have concluded that people tend to underestimate their calories and serving sizes, which can contribute to excessive calorie consumption. This is especially true when folks consume processed foods instead of fresh fruits and veggies.
Shoot I’ve been there- counting every calorie (or points for those on Weight Watchers), working out diligently and yet still hitting a brick wall.
Well what if I told you that your’re actually not eating enough!
So what is the calorie myth? The calorie myth we’ve been fed for generations is that quantity only, not quality, matter. In other words, we’ve been focusing too much on the numbers on the food label, and not enough on the colorful variety and nutrients that make up our meals.
Many of us are still eating too many processed foods: “fiber” cereals, protein bars, frozen meals, pretzels, cold cuts on ”low carb” bread, low-fat cheese and yogurt. Calorically they may be modest, but they’re usually filled with artificial ingredients, processed beyond recognition, and monochromatic.
Breaking the Calorie Myth: Eat real food, focus on good fats.
As part of the calorie myth, for years we’ve been told to avoid fat because it’s evil. We’ve filled our plates with high-glycemic breads and pastas and relatively low-nutrient starchy veggies like potatoes and peas. A few things happen when we eat this way:
Eating naturally occurring, full-fat foods and high-fiber and hydrating whole veggies also leads to more satiety (feeling full and satisfied throughout the day). This means less snacking between meals, better blood sugar and insulin control, and less inflammation.
You end up reaching for more processed food instead of real, whole foods like veggies. In a lot of my clients, I’ve noticed that they’re so used to relying on bars, cereal and supplements, they actually forget how to eat real food. We spend our time getting back into the habit of preparing fresh foods and making new breakfast/lunch/dinner habits. It doesn’t have to be time consuming, the best food is simple and accessible.
So, you want to lose weight?
I’m not saying there’s no need for calorie counting when you’re trying to lose weight. Sometimes it’s great to touch base and see where you are, especially when you dig a little deeper and see how you’re balancing fat, protein and carbohydrates. But you do not want to be a slave to calorie counting!
Once you get into a groove, and you’re feeling good, usually you can switch to just keeping a food journal or periodically checking in to see if you’re on track. You’ll probably come to find that when you eat high quality, well-balanced, real food, you begin to naturally reach for foods that keep you in balance. Our body’s are amazing like that.
The program is geared for anyone struggling to lose weight, trying to balance their hormones, or manage cravings. As a bonus, we’ll also do a 7 day whole-food detox to jump start results. But hurry, because spots are limited!