More Than Just Calories
If you’ve read my blog for long enough, you might have noticed a trend. Almost every week I talk about some new key factor to gaining or losing weight. I mean, what gives? Am I just hopping every week on the next bandwagon? Or do I just keep changing my mind? And why don’t I talk more about CALORIES?
Confusing, eh? But trust me, there’s a method to my madness.
You’re an individual
There are two main reasons why I talk about a multitude of weight gain contributors,
The first is that most people have more than one factor contributing to their excess weight. We’ve been incorrectly told for years that weight loss just comes down to eating less and moving more.
Just reducing our calories and increasing our exercise won’t work. I mean, that might work in our teen years, or maybe even into our 20s. But as we get older, and the imbalances we harbor become more prominent, calorie restriction on its own becomes increasingly unlikely to be effective. Because with age, our bodies become less likely to just bounce back from our true imbalances. And there are many more factors besides calories that contribute to excess weight.
Second, our imbalances tend to be individualized. That means that what you really need to be successful is not what your best friend needs. There are many reasons that your body can be storing excess fat. Some are emotional and some are physical. And we must get to the bottom of what you personally need for success.
A Bevy of Options
My job is to give you the options. To tell you what can be creating a problem. There are certain factors that affect almost everyone. For instance, last week I talked about the gut, an important topic for most people looking to lose weight.
But the reasons for your weight gain are specific to you. Ultimately, my job is to increase your understanding of your own body. And it becomes your duty to be really truthful with yourself. To listen to what your body has to say. And to discover which things I talk about resonate with you.
There is No Road Map
We want answers to be easy. But there isn’t an exact test that will tell you precisely what your body needs. There is a level of experimentation that needs to occur. Trial and error is invaluable. But with persistence, you can come to a greater understanding of your own body. And this knowledge is golden.
Because just counting calories is haphazard. You can count your calories for a month, 6 months or even a year. But how can you count calories forever? It is a flawed system.
Here is why the calorie counting theory doesn’t make sense. If you go over by 25 calories a day for a year (the amount of calories in a lifesaver), you’ll gain 3 pounds every year or 30 pounds every decade. If you go under by 25 calories every day for a year once you hit your target weight, you’ll become dangerously emaciated after a few years. Obviously, we can’t eat EXACTLY the right amount of calories. But one extra lifesaver a day could lead to obesity? That doesn’t make sense, does it?
We have to look at other factors than calories for the true culprit. And those factors are based on you.
Let Go of Your Obsession With Calories
I know it feels scary at first. But calorie counting isn’t your friend. It might have brought you temporary results in the past. And it might have seemed like your friend in your younger years. But trust me when I say that calories alone aren’t sabotaging your waistline.
The reason you’re gaining weight is most probably more complex than that. And while calorie counting might make you feel in control, it isn’t really giving you control over your body. In fact, it is doing the opposite.
Calorie counting can lead to food obsession. It can lead to unhealthy binging. It can lead to feelings of food deprivation leading to emotional eating. And it is messing with your metabolism.
Be Patient with Yourself
Take the time to really explore YOU. Find why your body is reacting in certain ways. And focus on healing, not on simply depriving.
This method may take a little longer. It might not feel as instantly rewarding. But it is much more likely to bring you long-term success.
And that is definitely something worth waiting for.