You won’t lose weight automatically if you eat fewer calories

Many people who want to lose weight start a diet that prescribes foods with a low number of calories. With such a diet there is a high risk that you will eat foods that unleash a whole series of fat-storing hormones. For example, let’s compare a 250 calorie granola bar to a 250 calorie avocado. Both are the same in terms of calories, but the big difference is in the effect that both have on your hormone balance. Why is it – although the muesli bar has the name of being “light” and an avocado is considered fattening – still better to choose the avocado.

Contents

  • The statement that if you eat fewer calories you will automatically lose weight is incorrect
  • Calories that store fat
  • Does the number of calories matter?
  • Switch the button
  • Calories are not equal
  • Plan of approach

The statement that if you eat fewer calories you will automatically lose weight is incorrect

The truth is that calorie counting alone has many flaws, the main flaw being that it does not take into account hormonal effects that certain foods have on your body. Deep in your heart you know that eating a well-filled salad is better for you than eating a cupcake. You feel different and your body reacts differently to these two different foods.

Hormonal, mental and emotional effects of calories

Although a salad and a cupcake may contain the same number of calories, you also need to consider the hormonal, mental and emotional effects the calories have on you. This ensures that you do not lose weight, even if you stay below the number of calories you need to lose weight.

Calories that store fat

When you eat a muesli bar with a lot of sugar and carbohydrates, your blood sugar level rises. In response to your increased blood sugar level, your pancreas will secrete insulin. Insulin is a hormone that brings sugar from your diet into your cells to use as energy. Insulin stores extra sugar as fat. If you eat too many carbohydrates at a time when your muscles do not need them, the carbohydrates will be stored as fat.

Monounsaturated fats

The monounsaturated fats of an avocado suppress the production of insulin by our body, which creates a constant energy release and therefore gives you a feeling of satiety. In addition, an avocado sends signals to your body to burn body fat. So even though both foods have the same number of calories, the effect on your body is significantly different.

Does the number of calories matter?

In the big picture, the number of calories is important in the sense that you cannot consume too many calories without gaining weight. However, the hormonal effect of what you eat and drink is just as important as the number of calories. To improve the way you hormonally respond to food, you need to eat plenty of vegetables and enough protein. Also use healthy fats such as olive oil and avocado. Only consume starchy carbohydrates within an hour after a heavy workout. Furthermore, try not to sin too much; limit this to once a week.

Switch the switch

Your body asks for the food you consume the most. It is a survival mechanism; our bodies learn to use the types of foods that have served successfully as fuel in the past. For example, if you start eating healthier calories with fewer carbs, over time your body will relearn what is best for it. Flipping the switch is difficult, and relapses are inevitable, but take comfort in the fact that after a week of intense carb cravings, your body will adapt and start asking for them less. You will then be more hungry for calories that promote your health and well-being.

Calories are not equal

Prefer calories from protein and fiber; these help slow down digestion and keep you feeling full for longer. Fats are also satiating and help send a signal that you are full. So if you eat lean proteins, fiber and healthy fats, you will feel full all day long. Slow-digesting carbohydrates are good because they take longer to be converted into sugar, so you don’t have rapid fluctuations in your blood sugar level.

Slowly digestible carbohydrates

Examples of slow-digesting carbohydrates include leafy greens, sweet potatoes, whole grains, wild rice, quinoa, cut oats, beans and legumes. You don’t have to avoid tropical and citrus fruits with a higher glycemic index. If you eat the fruit whole, the fibers ensure that it is digested much more slowly than if you drink it as fruit juice.

Plan of approach

  1. Stay full with protein-rich meals that contain fiber and healthy fats;
  2. Prevent unhealthy cravings with an eating plan that consists of 80% healthy unprocessed foods;
  3. Consume “hormonal activating” foods like coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado along with plenty of vegetables;
  4. Eat starchy slow carbohydrates and fast sugars only up to an hour before and an hour immediately after a heavy workout.
  5. Also keep an eye on portion sizes

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