Many people are convinced they need to eat less to reduce body fat, but this is sometimes not the case. It is true that an excess of calories will result in the accumulation of body fat, but reducing calories can have the same effect.
Restricted calorie diets assume that an excess of calories causes fat accumulation. Obesity can be the result of a hormonal imbalance, not necessarily overeating. The ‘calories in vs. calories out’ theory has serious flaws. Our fat metabolism system does not decide to burn fat based solely on the number of calories we consume, it makes the decision based on the hormones those calories trigger. “Naturally skinny” people have a hormonal profile geared toward fat burning. These individuals can eat whatever they like and not accumulate body fat. This is the hormonal profile we all strive to achieve.
When calories are restricted, the body slows down its metabolic processes to save energy. If the metabolic rate is too low, the body devotes all of its available energy to maintenance and repair, rather than muscle growth. This is less than ideal as muscle growth is one of your most powerful tools for optimal body composition. If you need help please drop in to my Flemington personal training studio (www.flemingtonstrengthstudio.com.au) where I’ll be happy to show you how to build the muscle that will burn the fat!
Everything you consume has hormonal consequences.
For example, processed foods upset the delicate hormonal balance needed to build muscle and burn fat, and instead cause an inflammatory stress reaction. The body will not build muscle or burn fat for energy in times of stress. Nor will it effectively assimilate nutrients if the digestive tract is in a state of inflammation. Our digestive system, muscle tissue and fat tissue are constantly communicating with our nervous system via our hormones. It is imperative that the digestive system is free from inflammation and that the foods we eat trigger the desired hormonal response.
Further, processed foods are toxic, and the accumulation of toxins in the body enlarges fat cells.
Supporting the natural detoxification system will allow your body to thrive, not just survive. So called “detox kits” are not the answer as these kits can pull toxins out of the fat cells, where they cause little harm, and deposit them in to the blood stream. This sudden increase in toxicity will over-burden your natural detoxification system. The human body is in a constant state of detoxification and with enough water, fibre and nutrients it’ll do just fine on its own!
As you can see from the information provided above, obesity is not the problem – it is the solution! Your body is attempting to neutralise the threat caused by the wrong foods by moving toxins and excess energy to fat cells for storage. The body is trying to save your organs from dealing with the toxins, and obesity is the by-product of storing excess energy for times when food is not available. In today’s developed world, food is so abundant that the saved energy is never required, resulting in a perpetual weight gain.
So if you’ve been on a resticted calorie diet and haven’t seen the results you expected try eating more. What should you be eating more of? Simply eat more, and only, natural foods in their natural state. If it’s made by man, you probably shouldn’t eat it!