If you are still of the mindset that eating less food will make you thin, I’m sorry but you have been fooled along with a lot of others and it’s not your fault.
Years of media brainwashing backed by corporate money has steered millions astray with compelling yet unproven “science” that still has a psychological grip-hold. Sadly, if we believe this old model which assumes that the body is made like a machine programmed to consume calories, we also must believe that eating 1000 calories of candy is the same as eating 1000 calories of kale.
Astonishingly, this antique “calories in-calories out” model remains one of the most popular medical myths, refusing to consider that the body isn’t built like a machine and it doesn’t treat all calories equally. Our metabolism is actually the one in charge of what happens to the food we eat. According to how the body was wired internally, cutting calories is a recipe for failure when it comes to losing weight and here’s why…
The body has a built in metabolic system of communication which organizes each macro nutrient (fat, carbohydrate and protein) differently; and the number one hormone that has it’s grip on the controls is insulin. This is why choosing candy over kale will have a drastically different effect on your body’s physiology.
Insulin tells your body to store fat.
If you want to lose body fat, you must first shut off insulin so your body will switch to burning fat. There are two tracks for fueling your body with energy: the food you eat, or the energy you have stored. But how do you get your metabolism to switch over to burning fat instead of food?
First off, you have to drop any belief that you may still be holding that eating less will make your thin! This may be all it takes for you to see a dramatic change in your shape. Remember, the food is not in charge — but the metabolism is–and it takes orders from it’s powerful boss who is insulin. A reduction in insulin is what causes the track to shift. This means that even if you have 50 calories of carbohydrates (sugars/glucose) a day, you’re perpetually stuck in fat storage mode.
To deactivate fat storage mode, all we have to do is shut off insulin production and our metabolism seeks out fat for fuel. This means restricting the availability of carbohydrates (sugars) in your diet. That’s it! This metabolic adaptation process (keto-adaptation) takes about 14 days for most people and begins when carbohydrates are restricted.
Losing weight has nothing to do with cutting back on calories. In fact, when you do so, the metabolism adapts by slowing down even more to conserve energy. Thus further committing the “eat less – exercise more” theory to failure.
Here is a link (see article below) to an excellent article that gives you a detailed look at the science behind fat burning by Dr. Jason Fung who is a pioneer of spreading evidence based science about weight loss. Thank you Dr Fung!
Mary Beauchamp, RN
Mary Beauchamp is a is a world traveler, food alchemist, and student of ancient healing traditions. She has four beautiful children, two grandchildren and a husband of 25 years. With her knowledge of nutritional science, natural plant medicines, and ancient super foods, she formulates food products for the natural foods industry and is a private health coach specializing in healing the metabolism and reversing disease through the implementation of therapeutic nutritional strategies and mindful awareness. She specializes in healing the metabolism by addressing environmental, emotional and dietary stressors.
Mary works with a team of Naturopathic doctors at Auburn Naturopathic Medicine in northern California. She also offers private and group online coaching programs. You can learn more about her work by visiting her website, www.ketogenicdietcoach.com. Mary is passionate about re-educating people about nutrition. She invites you to experience your body as a master communication system and facilitates this sacred encounter within to unlock the body’s innate intelligence to heal and thrive!
Blog post by Dr. Jason Fung…