Monday, February 6, 2012

Eat More and You Can Lose Weight

Are you tired of hearing about portion sizes to control or lose weight?
You can actually eat MORE and still lose pounds or maintain your weight more easily.
We have been entertained by the prospects of a Twinkie diet to convince us that calorie control may be the only necessary component to proper health. Unfortunately, these tests usually are post hoc  or "correlation not causation" arguments and are not valid. His short term gains may have been significant, but perhaps he should have been compared to someone who was malnourished, etc. in order to better prove causation.
There is an important causation, but it depends on the type of calories you consume. Calories come from carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Carbs burn first, then fat, and finally protein. If the body needs energy quickly and you do not have enough carbs for energy, and the fat is taking too long to break down, then your body can turn to protein, and this can lead to inhibition of lean body mass gains. Balancing your diet to meet your energy needs is the single most important goal.

You may need to eat more fruits and vegetables, go heavier on protein, change the types of fats you consume, and decrease your carbohydrate intake if you only engage in moderate activity. Insufficient energy can effect your mood and decision making abilities, so balance your meals accordingly.

If you are active, more protein and carbohydrates may be necessary, depending on the activity and your level of exertion. Running 5Ks and cycling is different than powerlifting which differs from basketball, football, soccer, and other sports.

If you are not sure about how to manage your meals, then you should speak to a lifestyle management and wellness coach such as myself about effective changes. Be prepared to tell your LWMC all about yourself, your physical activity, and your current eating habits. Some of the changes are basic and do not require a specialist such as a nutritionist to solve some of your dieting dilemmas.