The holidays are over, the decorations have all been packed away, and many of us are also ready to start the New Year fresh! At the top of many resolutions lists – is to lose weight.
But does the thought of dieting and calorie counting make you cringe? Because no matter how strictly you cut calories – your holiday weight gain just won’t seem to budge? Or maybe you can drop a few pounds dieting, but it all comes right back on and then some? You are not alone. The majority of people that are able to lose weight by dieting will gain it all back and then some.
The truth is – dieting and cutting calories just doesn’t work. In fact, it can even cause more hunger and cravings and make your metabolism slower.
A recent study found that it’s harder to maintain the same weight than it was 20 to 30 years ago, despite eating the same amount of calories, and getting same amount of exercise.
That means there are other factors affecting our weight and health than just calories in vs calories out.
You might be thinking – but the calorie theory makes sense mathematically – if we just bring in less calories than we expend, and we create a calorie deficit and will lose weight. Makes perfect sense, right?
Sure – it would make sense – if our bodies were calculators. But our bodies are not that simple! We need to not just consider the amount of calories, but also the type of calories that we’re eating, and how our hormones are interacting with those calories to process them.
You see, a fat calorie impacts our metabolism and hunger hormones differently than a carbohydrate calorie. Eating sugars and simple carbohydrate calories cause blood sugar spikes – which are followed by lows. So we reach for more to get the energy back up. Overtime, this creates a situation that I call “The Sugar Rollercoaster.” The short-term effects of being on the Sugar Rollercoaster include:
The long term effects of being on the Sugar Rollercoaster are concerning. When we are spiking our blood sugar over and over for a period of time – we can develop a resistance to sugar and carbs – called insulin resistance. This makes the body less able to get the sugars out of the blood to convert it to energy, it raises our risk of many diseases, and make it very difficult to lose excess weight.
To get off the Sugar Rollercoaster, try following The Perfect Metabolism Rule of Three!
Basically – the rule is you should choose one or more of the following macronutrients every time you eat:
Each one of these macronutrients helps to keep our blood sugar stable, which means more balanced moods, energy, brain function, immunity, and less cravings & hunger…and no more rollercoaster!!
Other factors that affect our metabolism
Getting control of our blood sugar is just one key to fixing the metabolism. I wrote the book The Perfect Metabolism Plan – to outline 10 key factors that are impacting our weight and metabolism. These factors include toxins, digestive issues, blood sugar imbalances, exercise (too much and too little), stress, food intolerances, hydration, and more. It is not a diet, but a plan to help you get the metabolism working for you instead of against you.
Also join me for the Metabolism Summit an online event featuring 30 of the top experts from around the world that can help you understand how to manage your metabolism and weight – for good (without counting calories)! The Metabolism Summit is free to attend from Feb 1-8th! Register here.
So it is time to stop blaming ourselves or a lack of willpower. Because we didn’t fail – our diet failed us! 2016 is the year to take back control of your metabolism, cravings, and energy – and revitalize your health – for good!