My relationship with food and eating hasn’t always been plain sailing: quite the opposite in fact. Food was for sure my drug of choice growing up and my preferred tool to cope with the trauma of growing up with a mentally ill father.
I’m grateful though, not only because I could have easily chosen a WAY more destructive and debilitation coping mechanism, but also because those challenges taught me SO much of what I know now. By really understanding the subtle dynamics of what I call the “psychology of eating” I am able to help our clients identify the root causes of their unbalances with food which is a FUNDAMENTAL step to achieving long lasting results.
Here’s the thing, you can eat all the “right” foods and know everything there is to know about healthier choices, calories, macro-nutrients etc. but if you don’t investigate and improve how you eat and why, you will still struggle to find peace and effortlessly maintaining a healthy weight. Most of us know a lot about how we could improve our diets to get positive results: why is it so hard to make the necessary changes then? The answer lies precisely in your very unique “psychology of eating”.
Having said all that, there are some harsh and universals truths around eating and weight-loss that I’ve found apply to everyone’s journey to some extent and will certainly help you make a shift in perspective that’s needed to improve: I’ve come to identify these in my work with hundreds of busy and time pressed professionals all around the world and I truly believe you will get value and insights that you can implement right away.
So here comes the third of the 7 harsh truths of permanent weight-loss:
3. There is NO real way of eating crap and still be healthy and slim: this is essentially how keto diets and all other low-carb fads came about. The market was simply looking to give people what they wanted and apparently what they wanted was a way to eat bacon, butter and steaks but still loose weight. It’s is a big topic that’s really hard to condense and the reason why low-carb diets have gained traction is because they do generate short to medium term results, especially in people who were eating a diet mainly revolving around junk food: the truth is that any improvement from a junk food diet will bring forth positive results.
The same can be said for systems such as weight watchers or any calorie restricting program; these resolve around the principle that to loose weight, one must simply cut down on the calories consumed each day. The problem with this approach is that not all calories are created equal: 100 kcal of cake will have a profoundly different effect on the body than 100 kcal of beans or broccoli. For sure, if you go from consuming 5,000 kcal a day to consuming 2,500 you WILL loose weight BUT, and this is a KEY difference, if you’re not eating enough of the foods with highest nutrient density, long lasting results will continue to escape you.
In order to function optimally, the body doesn’t just need a minimum amount of calories each day but also and most importantly, it needs essential macro and micro nutrients and guess what? if you’re not getting enough nutrients, much like when you don’t get enough calories, you will continuously feel ravenous or weak, or lack energy even as you get leaner.
I always remind our shifters that in most cases, calorie counting is simply distracting and deceiving. The focus should be on eating PLENTY of nutrient dense foods such as vegetables, fruit, wholegrain and legumes and eat those without limits until we feel satisfied and full. That’s the only monitoring ever required for effortless and long lasting result.
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