Did you know that doctors, personal trainers, nutritionists, nurses and even the government are unintentionally (I hope…) giving you the WORST possible fat loss advice? In fact, 99.9% of them STILL believe this outdated information is relevant, and they stick to this “common wisdom” despite a huge mountain of evidence that it’s flat out WRONG. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, in some way, shape or form. It goes something like this…
“Eat less and move more.” Sounds logical, right? Calories in vs. calories out.
We’ve all heard that this simple equation is the key to getting a lean, hard body. And that substituting lower-calorie foods for high-calorie options is the key to having the body of your dreams.
100 calorie package of Oreos anyone?
But if this were true… Why are “calorie-counters” still fat? As a society, we’ve been calorie conscious for over 4 decades. And we just keep getting fatter.
So do calories even matter? Is there more that you need to know?
The fact is, the concept of calorie counting has many flaws. But one CRITICAL mistake makes it nearly impossible for you to lose body fat with this approach.
So what’s the big mistake?
Calorie counting does not take into account the hormonal effect of food. Most people who try low calorie diets end up eating foods that set off a cascade of “fat-storing hormones.” For example, let’s compare eating 200 calories from a high-carb energy bar with eating 200 calories from organic butter.
Which of those choices is going to make you fatter?
If you said butter, you’re not alone. 9 times out of 10, the average person will make the same guess. After all, it’s what you’re lead to believe with elaborate food marketing, pseudo-science experts, and celebrity fitness personalities. Sure, it’s the same 200 calories, but here is what happens hormonally…
When you eat the high-carb energy bar, your body secretes insulin in response to the elevated blood sugar. Insulin is a “building” hormone — in other words it is fat-storing. It takes the sugar in your blood and drives it into fat cells, making them bigger. The butter, on the other hand, blunts insulin, leading to a more sustained energy release and a feeling of fullness. But that’s not all, the butter actually sends signals to your body to BURN bodyfat.
So… same calories in both, but certainly not the same reaction in your body!
Unfortunately, many of the commonly recommended “low calorie” health foods are exactly the ones that set off that cascade of fat-STORING hormones. So no matter how low you take your calories, you end up becoming a fat-hoarding machine.
So do calories matter?
Yes, in the big scheme of things, calories do matter. BUT, the hormonal effect of the foods you eat is far more important. To optimize your hormonal response to food, eat plenty of protein & tons of vegetables. Load up on healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, and organic grass-fed full-fat butter. And reserve “starchy” carbohydrate intake to the hour immediately after your hardest resistance training workouts, and ONE weekly cheat meal.
Don’t make the mistake of obsessing over the minutiae of calorie-counting without first getting your hormones in check. It will only lead to a mediocre body, endless frustration, a dead metabolism, and guaranteed rebound weight gain.