Counting Calories For Weight Loss Doesn’t Work (Create Long Term Weight Loss) – Wellness For Life

Counting Calories For Weight Loss Doesn’t Work (Create Long Term Weight Loss) – Wellness For Life

January 7, 2020 34 By Ewald Bahringer


Counting calories does not work. Here’s
why. Hey I’m Dr. Ekberg with Wellness For Life and if you’d like to truly master
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we’re going to talk about one of the biggest topics ever because it’s so
misunderstood and everyone sort of thinks on an intuitive level that
calories in calories out if you eat too much and you don’t exercise enough then
you gain weight and yes those basic physical principles are true but there’s
more to it that tricks the body into doing the wrong thing so you can’t count
calories and have long-term success won’t work here’s why most people have
at some point try to lose weight and then 99% of the time they gain it back
so they get this perpetual yo-yo weight curve and it’s very frustrating because
that’s not what they were after originally that’s not their ultimate
goal to create a yo-yo they want to lose it and keep it off why can’t they
because when you count calories when you try to restrict food you are depriving
your body you put your body in a state of deprivation that it takes strong
willpower to maintain so then when you can’t maintain it when you feel oh I
gained the wain back I must be a useless person so now you have guilt because you
apparently didn’t have as strong a willpower as those skinny people that
managed to keep it off but that’s not what it’s about
and then the skinny people look at the fat people and they think that oh well
they must just be a glutton they must just be lazy and of course the fat
people feel terrible because they can feel that pressure that they’re not good
enough well it’s not what it’s about so here are the three factors about food
that determine if we’re healthy and main gain weight or if we gain weight and are
unhealthy so food is supposed to provide fuel and food is supposed to provide
nutrients and then food have different hormone responses primarily insulin so
someone who tries to deprive themselves of food they’re reducing the fuel
they’re reducing the amount of calories and typically they also reduce the
amount of nutrients because they eat less but most people don’t cut back on
carbs and replace it with fat on the contrary we’ve been told for the last 50
years that fat is evil so everybody tries to cut back on the fat and they
maintain the carbs and they just try to reduce the quantity and that won’t work
you cut back the fuel you cut back the nutrients but you maintain the hormone
insulin at a high level and insulin is fat storing it is fat storing blood
sugar has to get out of the bloodstream so if you eat something with
carbohydrate it raises blood sugar and blood sugar requires insulin to get out
of the bloodstream and into the cell but if the cell has more fuel than it needs
in that moment which always happens when you have high blood sugar then the rest
gets converted into storage so now the average person would probably have a lot
more than this actually this would be someone like me has about 15% body fat I
carry about thirty pounds of fat which is a hundred thousand calories so if you
figure out if you are 200 pounds and 50% fat now you have a hundred pounds you
have over 300 thousand calories how can you be deprived when you have that much
fuel walking around on your body it’s because the insulin keeps it locked away
you you eat a little bit and then you get hungry and you have all
these reserves that the body should be able to use for fuel so that you didn’t
get hungry so you could make it till tomorrow and not eat but you can’t get
to it as long as there’s insulin around and
insulin is driven by carbohydrates so here’s how we want to look at this and
understand blood sugar so blood sugar needs to be in a very narrow range the
body needs to keep it in a very narrow range about 80 to 120 milligrams per
deciliter if you eat high carb you get a blood
sugar spike now this is too much blood sugar in the presence of insulin this is
going to get stored then because of high insulin levels the blood sugar crashes
we get a valley we get a dip called hypoglycemia now you have not enough
blood sugar you don’t have enough energy so what does your body do of course it
tells you to eat something what’s the fastest way to increase blood sugar it
is through sugar and carbohydrates and processed foods that’s why they’re so
addictive that’s why they satisfy the cravings because we’ve created a pattern
of high and low blood sugar and whenever we are on a low end we want something
for fuel we so we satisfy number one here but we don’t necessarily satisfy
number two and then we trigger more insulin that creates more fat storage so
we have all these there’s energy all these resources the reserves on our
bodies but we can’t get to them because of insulin that creates blood sugar
rollercoasters that creates hypoglycemia that creates cravings so we’re trapped
in that vicious cycle and this is why you can’t count calories because it’s
not the amount of the fuel it’s what happens to the fuel when you eat it if
you eat a carbohydrate it will tend to get stored to a greater degree than if
you eat a protein or a fat once you’ve stored it now you can’t have access to
it you have to eat more so insulin makes you hungry
processed food makes you hungry and you have to break out of that vicious cycle
that’s why it’s not about willpower that’s why you can’t get long-term
success you can’t sustain deprivation it’s not it’s not possible there are
some people who are more like fanatics they get into like the people on the on
The Biggest Loser they have them exercise eight hours a day and yes of
course these people are gonna lose the weight but how many of them keep it off
very very very few and the ones who do there’s the one or almost get like a
fanatic and that’s not a bad thing if they have an interest in exercise and
they can make themselves workout four hours a day then they can keep it off
even if they eat some high carbohydrate meals but for 98 percent of people it’s
not sustainable and you can’t count calories and it’s not about character
and you are not a bad person you just have to understand these principles so
that you can gradually change and here’s what you have to do you have to start
eating more foods that are low glycemic index that means foods that do not enter
the bloodstream very quickly that don’t contribute to blood sugar and insulin
responses and those are fat which has a negligible insulin response and proteins
which have a slight insulin response you want to stay away from any grain or
starch which have or sugar which have very high insulin responses secondly
though it has to be satisfying you have to eat foods that are
satisfying that’s the only way you’re going to do something that’s sustainable
very very few people can punish themselves for an entire lifetime and
maintain deprivation so you have to create a lifestyle that’s satisfying and
there are lots and lots and lots of good food there
meats and fats and vegetables and fish delicious rich satisfying dishes that
satisfy all these criteria and you just have to learn what they are it takes a
little bit of work to transition into that but it is so doable and so worth it
and then finally it has to be nutritious and this is where some of the key dough
people miss out because they don’t understand that you have to eat whole
food you have to eat food from nature so they eat a bunch of synthetic fats they
eat a bunch of artificial sweeteners they forget about the the vegetables and
the the liveness of food so a lot of the keto people they can create a quick
weight loss because they satisfy the low glycemic index because they eat a lot of
fat and it’s very satisfying because they eat a lot of fat but if you don’t
get the nutrition if you don’t get the balance with the whole food now you’re
setting yourself up for trouble in five years ten years twenty years and I know
that’s not what you want it you want to create the long term solutions and
that’s why we have to learn how to create that long term solution there is
no quick fix there is no circumventing the laws of
nature so your body has built in laws that have to be followed you developed
alongside nature nature provided the nutrients to food and you can’t mess
with them you can’t you can’t destroy the fats you can’t heat them and nuke
them and pulverize the foods and and maintain the nutritious value it just
doesn’t work so there is hope you can create long-term weight loss but you
can’t do it through deprivation you have to do it through lifestyle changes and
learning how to heal the body and how to satisfy it without the carbohydrates and
the sugar I hope this was helpful please share this with as many people as you
can because as you know we have a obesity and a overweight epidemic in
this country it’s a majority of people who are having trouble with this not
just one here and there and most of them have tried yo-yo dieting and most of
them have failed and the government is still recommending high carb low fat
diets and we have to start understanding the physiology so that we can create
these long-term solutions that people are looking for share this message ask
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