Calorie Restriction = Fat Storage

It’s very difficult to sort through all of the information we receive about weight loss, and not to mention the information on what we should and should not eat.  If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say “I’m barely eating anything all day… why can’t I lose weight???”  Unfortunately, at the end of the day, we’re still hungry, overweight and searching for answers. Typically the first thing I hear from my clients is that they have tried some sort of calorie restriction diet in the past and it’s the only thing that has ever worked for them.  What they aren’t taking into consideration is the amount of times they’ve had to use the diet because in the end, all the weight was eventually put back on. Therein lies the problem:  restricting calories is not a long-term solution.  There is a logical explanation for why that unwanted poundage seems to hang on and unfortunately we get distracted by our focus on calories.  The inability to lose weight is not a calorie problem, it’s a HORMONE problem.  Hormones receive information from the food we eat.  They are directly affected by what, when, and how much we consume.  While restricting calories our bodies enter into a starvation mode which sends a message to store fat, essentially to survive. Despite all of the information that has been beaten into our heads with regards to weight loss, WE NEED TO EAT AND EAT THE RIGHT FOOD TO LOSE WEIGHT. Calorie restriction may work in the short term, but it will inevitably lead to carbohydrate cravings that are so intense, even the strongest willpower will give in.  Once again we find ourselves back to our original weight plus FIVE additional pounds!  The goal is to train the body to burn fat, as oppose to its natural tendency to store it. The body will utilize whatever it is given for fuel and because of the Standard American Diet, that usually means carbohydrates (aka, sugar).  It cannot get to the stored fat because it’s busy dealing with the sugar overload!  To finally mobilize that fat storage, it is necessary to:

  1. Change the focus (meaning, forget everything you’ve ever been told).
  2. Truly gain an understanding of how certain foods effect hormones and the messages those hormones give.
  3. Get educated on what foods support the fat BURNING hormones and those that promote fat STORAGE.
  4. Implement the necessary changes to diet & lifestyle and understand WHY you’re doing it.
  5. Maintain the changes for the long term to ensure optimal weight & health well into the future.