In his new book Always Hungry, Dr. David Ludwig states, “Overeating doesn’t make you fat, it’s the process of becoming fat that makes you overeat.” Let me explain. In an attempt to lose weight, the low-fat diets we’ve been told to eat over the last forty or more years have triggered our fat cells to hoard too many calories leaving too few for the rest of the body.
This means we get hungry and sluggish, our metabolism slows down, and we gain weight. We then cut back on calories in an attempt to lose weight which creates a conflict between our brain and our metabolism and we feel miserable. It’s a vicious cycle that many of you are familiar with.
Our bodies were created brilliantly. When our brain senses we need nutrition and fuel, it stimulates our hunger hormone (Ghrelin) and we get hungry. When we have satisfied our nutrition needs, we feel satisfied. Unfortunately, eating a low-fat diet means we replace the fat calories with high-glycemic carbohydrates which spike insulin production, fat storage, and hunger.
The cause of weight gain is the hormone insulin which promotes fat storage as it does its job lowering blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. In contrast, when insulin levels go down, fat cells open up and release their stored calories back into the body to be used as energy. When that happens cravings vanish, metabolism speeds up, and you lose weight without struggle. To learn more about the insulin response click on the link.
The key is eating nutritious, low-glycemic foods that do not raise insulin levels. This is truly dieting without deprivation. This is how your body was created to function. You are working “with” your body, not against it. We need to change our thinking from the calories-in, calories-out paradigm to food quality over food quantity. If calorie restriction worked over the long term, we wouldn’t have the “diabesity” problem we have in our nation today.
When you eat properly, you eat until satisfied. You snack when you are hungry. And, you do not need to count calories to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. (Although, when you first begin a new diet, tracking macronutrients and calories can be very helpful.) It’s about eating healthy carbs that are “real” food. And, not eating processed foods which are easily digested and tend to spike blood sugar and insulin levels which promote fat storage and deprive the rest of your body of needed calories. It also means consuming the right portion of healthy fats and protein. You can read more details about a healthy diet on my 21 Day Challenge post.
Give it a try, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your body responds when you eat the way your body was intended to eat.
This really works. Live Healthy!