In a world dominated by diets, low fat food and fitness crazes it seems odd that the population is getting fatter. Could it be that we’re missing something? Read on and I’ll give you my take on the situation.
The missing piece of the puzzle, I believe, is “nutrient density”. Our diet is becoming less nutrient dense as we consume more processed food. Our body requires food to do to two things – to move and to repair/adapt.
The moving part isn’t hard to explain. We eat calories which get metabolised and used as fuel for movement. If we move enough we’ll burn all the fuel – simple. If we don’t move enough and don’t burn the fuel it will be stored as fat – also simple. If you don’t move enough you are more than welcome to visit me for some personal training in Flemington, Melbourne – www.flemingtonstrengthstudio.com.au – I have ways to get you moving!
The adaptation part is actually pretty easy to explain too. I believe the body is driven to consume food not only when energy is required, but also when nutrients are required. Our cells are in a state of constant adaptation. If the food we eat doesn’t contain the required nutrients to satisfy cellular demand, our hormonal system drives us to consume more. By providing all the necessary nutrients, we allow the cells to communicate to our hormones that we’ve had enough to eat – thereby self regulating appetite.
No calorie counting required, no diet needed. If we consume nutrient dense foods, we have no need for diets as our body will tell us when we’ve had enough.
So what is a nutrient dense food? Look to nature. Most foods provided by nature are nutrient dense. Vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, rice, fruit – all simple foods packed with nutrients. I give my clients a general guideline of “lots of fibre, protein and water and don’t be scared of fat as found in nature”. That usually does the trick unless the metabolism has been damaged – and that’s where it gets tricky!
Get lean, get strong!