I know a lot of people sipping on a kale smoothie right now are going to be a little surprised by this one.
The simple fact is we have all been conditioned to believe that eating fewer calories is healthier….
For good reason, with the access to high calorie foods we can all get a bit carried away at times.
So the whole food movement isn’t wrong….
It’s simply incomplete, actually, it’s close to wrong when you really look at it.
If the goal of living a long healthy life is to regenerate lost tissue throughout the day (even if you are sedentary) then you HAVE TO have the raw materials to do so.
For instance, one of the most important hormones in the human body is insulin, the role of insulin is to REPAIR lost tissue and bring back new and healthy tissue. Insulin is a BUILDING hormone.
So with some measure of protein and moderate carbohydrates you CAN and SHOULD consume carbs and I am not talking about just green vegetables.
I am talking about root vegetables and even white rice.
“But PAUL what if I am diabetic or pre-diabetic, my doctor doesn’t want me on a high carbohydrate diet”
Neither do we.
The issue right now is that there is seemingly no option, you are either eating high carb or low carb and people forget there is a middle piece that can be super helpful.
But let’s take that out of the equation for a second, even if you are eating low carb AMOUNTS MATTER (meaning calories higher) . For instance, when you eat low carb you took out a lot of calories if you are losing weight and when you stall what are you going to do. That's right, eat less steak. One of the bigger issues with a low carb way of eating is that it's not really intuitive how to reverse back to normal calories especially with the NAUGHTY and NICE approach to food. Many people that are low carb find it much better to only use it periodically and then add moderate carbs back when they normalize.
The whole good and bad foods thing is often distracting. It's much better to view food as useful or not.
It’s about the time of year where a lot of people that started a new way of eating have either quit already or they are getting to the hard part and thinking about quitting (and probably should).
Approach matters, if you have say a large amount of to lose and you lose just a few pounds grinding out a couple of pounds more won't seem worth it. The juice just isn't worth the squeeze. Because it doesn’t take Nostradamus to realize you probably aren’t going to get all the way to the end.
When you look at why people quit, the solution is fairly simple. If people would move to TIME as a pit stop rather than WEIGHT more people would succeed.
In fact, A LOT more people would succeed.
Oftentimes people will say to us as food normalizes (once again, calories going up) “this feels like a lot of food” and the reason it does is because if you are learning healthier habits and eating mostly whole foods IT IS A LOT.
Because that is required to build the tissue your body needs to stay alive as long as you can.
So amounts matter a lot (actually they matter both up and down but for this discussion we are talking about calories going back up to normal).
If you follow this page at all you know that most of the time you shouldn’t be dieting. There are many reasons related to metabolism that make this so but the main reason is because you need that food to repair the breakdown your body goes through each day.
Even if you are inactive.
Many people are often cavalier about weight loss and often choose a bad path for themselves, blowing through a lot of muscle along the way.
I know, I was one of those people but eventually I had to realize that if I was going to land in a more correct place I needed to have food come back so that I could live a long and healthy life.
For almost all of us some weight loss here and there is important but the same is also true in regards to the amount of food you eat.
Another thing we get a lot is this, “I eat clean, I am at a healthy weight and I lift weights but I don’t LOOK LIKE I lift weights”.
THAT IS AMOUNTS IN PLAY or should I say, the lack of amounts.
If you don’t take amounts seriously you just can’t build muscle.
I will add to the comments a picture of what I mean.
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