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A calorie in, a calorie out, right?

Well… not exactly. Let me explain why I think…

  • Why conventional wisdom has this backward
  • It matters where your calories come from
  • Where calories really come from
  • Why calorie counting is stressful

Conventional Wisdom vs Reality

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But first, let’s agree on what conventional wisdom says about creating a caloric deficit in efforts to lose weight.

It’s pretty simple, most personal trainers will tell you that in order to lose weight you have to create a caloric deficit based on your body’s BMR. Your BMR simply tells you about how many calories your body will burn at rest (laying down, but not sleeping).

In other words, if you were planning to do no activity whatsoever, this is a number of calories you could eat without gaining any weight. If you decide to workout or go on a walk this exercise needs to then be taken into account (calories in, calories out).

After you subtract the calories out from the calories in you will arrive at a number. If that number exceeds your BMR you can count on weight gain. If the opposite is true, conventional wisdom says you’ll lose weight.

While there is some truth to this philosophy, I’d like to create a scenario to show you that it isn’t entirely accurate.

It Doesn’t Matter Where the Calories Come From

I have a question…

What do you think would happen if one person ate 2,000 calories in Twinkies and the other person ate 2,000 calories in… let’s just say apples.

Let’s assume they both have the same BMR and they both burn the same amount of calories from daily activities.

What do you think would happen over time (30 days)?

Conventional wisdom (calories in, calories out) suggests that the end result will be the same. My response, “don’t be silly”. The effects are going to be far from the same.

It’s not just calories in, calories out that matters. You must take into consideration…

Where Do Calories Come From?

Why do you think so many (Americans especially) struggle with weight loss? I’ve got an idea… The conventional wisdom is for the birds!

I haven’t counted a single calorie in over a year, yet I continue to lose fat and gain lean muscle.

So why am I different?

This is a very easy question, and it’s certainly not because I have great genes. My success is directly correlated to my eating habits. While I eat all day long, I am very conscious of what goes into my body.

I have completely eliminated all processed foods, refined sugars, and grains

The effects of these types of foods are detrimental to your success. I don’t care how big your calorie deficit is. Sure you’ll lose weight the bigger your gap is, but it won’t be healthy or sustainable.

Trust me, I’ve been there and done that…

Focus on eating whole foods; lean meats, healthy fats and low glycemic carbohydrates.

paleolithic-food-pyramidjpg-300x300Some examples include; chicken, beef, lamb, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, squash, artichokes, asparagus, eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, to name a few.

Additionally, a great way to prepare these foods is by using healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, and grass-fed butter.

Calorie counting is stressful

I won’t even get into the effects stress has on your bodies ability to shed excess fat. I’ll save that for another blog post.

It’s important to understand when you make changes to anything, especially your diet, gradual change is more effective for long-term success and sustainability.

Calorie counting is nonsense! So, are you ready to make it a thing of the past?

I get the frustration as you begin to try and figure out what you should and shouldn’t be eating to get to your desired goals, so let us take care of that for you. Let one of our expert nutritionists design a Custom Meal Plan based on you and your needs.

⚡ Related: Learn Why Calorie Counting is a Lie

 

The obesity epidemic is driving me crazy!

Every time I leave the house I can’t help but notice all of the unhealthy people walking around. I am to the point where I want to go up to people and simply tell them that it’s not entirely their fault.

While we certainly choose what we put into our bodies, we are surrounded by marketing campaigns drawing us closer to foods and brands that claim to have your best interest in mind. We can’t even trust the health professionals anymore. They are giving out meds before even diagnosing the problem.

A money centered economy leaves huge gaps in the health and well-being of others. These doctors are quick to write a script without even thinking first about trying to treat the problem with whole foods or all natural supplements.

Why?

Well, it’s very simple when you think about it… Does your doctor make any money when he or she tells you to go out and buy a bunch of bananas?

Does he or she get wined and dined by the pharmaceutical reps for recommending fruit?

I use bananas because I am going “bananas”. The reality is bananas could be anything from super-foods to herbs and/or spices to simple whole foods that you see every time you visit your local supermarket.

6 WAYS TO AVOID THE WEIGHT GAIN TRAP

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1. Question everything, even conventional wisdom

I want you to get into the habit of questioning everything you see and hear. I want you to even question my content. If you get lax and let my content slide then chances are you’ll begin to let other pieces of information slide, too. No! Question it all, mine included.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions

If a professional doesn’t take the time to answer you what does that say about him or her and the philosophies they stand for. I welcome all questions all of the time. Find me on one of the social platforms and see just how many questions I am answering in a day.

3. Be skeptical of “the talkers”

Be skeptical of anyone who recommends anything that they too don’t follow themselves. Say “oh yeah, if it’s so good for me then why aren’t you doing or taking it”? You’ll hear this… crickets…

Aside from questioning everything what else can we do?

Simple daily disciplines as Jeff Olson, author of The Slight Edge would say. You have to start making smart decisions. One at a time is all that’s required to get circumstances working in your favor.

4. Implement some exercise

Walk, jog, ride a bike, give your kids some attention. Start with 15 minutes.

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5. Start looking at your eating habits

The best way to attack this is to keep a daily journal. Write down everything from liquids to solids and the times of these consumptions. After 7 days review the information.

Ask yourself; am I eating greens, lean meats, fruits, nuts, or seeds. Now ask yourself where can I slowly insert these types of foods. Heck pick one meal or one snack and start there. Or better yet, sign up for a Custom Meal Plan and have us do the work for you.

Remember, progress is progress no matter how big or small.

6. Read something, anything.

Find a topic you enjoy and search for a blog or download a book. Even listening to an informative podcast is a solid move in the right direction. Again begin with 15 minutes a day.

Plan, do, review and question it all.

According to the latest report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) that our adult obesity rate has reached as high as 34.7% in Louisiana and Alabama. In another 41 states, the obesity rate has reached at least 25%.

We’ve got to wake up.

If you haven’t spent a lot of time with me via social media Twitter and/or Facebook than you don’t know this yet, but I am here to help. Lean on me and let’s get fit together.

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