When it comes to making food choices remember that most of your foods fall into 1 of 3 categories. Protein, Fat or Carbohydrate.
All 3 are necessary for normal body functioning.
However, our modern American diet has provided us (and therefore we have consumed) a ton of calorically dense foods/highly processed foods.
For the individual who simply eats too much, perhaps the answer is to eat less (and move more) if your goal is to lose excess weight caused by consuming too many calories that have been stored as body fat.
One simple strategy is to eat Protein for breakfast (assuming you’re a breakfast eater). Steak n eggs or just eggs with a handful of nuts. Bacon is fine but I’m not a 100% advocate of all the bacon chomping, kool-aid drinking, Paleo people that suggest wrapping it around everything you possibly can. Just saying!
Protein and Fat are the two macros that provide greater satiety (make you feel full). With every gram of Protein you get 4 calories whereas with Fat you get 9 calories. So, if you’ve mastered 5th grade math you can easily deduce which of the two categories you should choose if losing weight is your goal. *Too many folks mean well but totally screw up this effort. One of these common mistakes occurs when pursuing a Ketogenic or Low Carb diet approach. Since these are more popular than ever it’s worth mentioning. Inbox me or comment below to receive details because it happens a lot of different ways but simply stated, these particular efforts are very sensitive to any macronutrient violations/excesses. It stinks to see good intentions foiled by hidden mini-mistakes.
Carbs are carbs (4 calories per gram). Carbs come in all kinds of disguises! Alias after alias. I’ll tell you this much. It’s hard not to be confused by the underground world of hidden carbs/sugars. In fact, while visiting my hometown last week I was chatting with my dad and learned that he did not realize a sugar was a carb.
The food industry has managed to separate the 2 (sugars and carbs) into separate categories so they can advertise that a health bar has only “2 g of sugar!” yet when you read the nutrient label you clearly see that the same bar has 25g of Carbohydrate. Talk about bait and switch!
This is some simple food for thought (is that a pun?). From a success driven perspective, knowledge provides one with a lot of nutritional strategies to try. Having options is GREAT because what I have not discussed are the many many many other reasons people who DO watch their caloric intake still struggle with weight loss (or gain).
Other reasons are plentiful and an example would be issues that are hormone/enzyme driven. Some people simply need to find what ratio of macronutrient intake works for them to maintain their weight (or lose weight). Athletes obviously must eat differently than our elderly. Where one strategy works terrific for one individual, the same strategy could have a negative affect for others. It’s highly dependent on a large number of factors.
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