It's not just about calories. HORMONES determine how food is broken down in your body and how it is distributed. Does the food that you are eating build muscle or is it turning into fat? Hormones influence your appetite. They also regulate your body fat so that your cells are supplied with fuel. You can help to balance your hormones by eating the right foods and getting exercise. This is why we look at protein, carbs, fat and fiber. So far, so good, but now everybody and their mother wants to tell you what to eat. I have tried so many diets and failed so many times. Where do we go from here? Food manufacturers make bad things taste good. They formulate their products to be addictive so that you will keep buying more. They also false advertise. Just a note, please don't believe everything it says on the package - read the ingredients label!
Here's another big issue: TOXINS. Some people are still saying they can't hurt you because there isn't enough to do any real harm. That may be true when you look at them individually, but what happens when you add all of them up? Why do you think there are so many new auto-immune diseases? Your liver is the main major organ that sorts out nutrients from the unusable matter, which is then filtered out of the bloodstream and expelled. Our body was not designed to cope with the overwhelming assault of toxins found in our environment. It's only defense against the onslaught of these harmful substances is to envelop them in fat and store them away from your major organs. (aka visceral fat.) If your liver is busy dealing with an overload of toxins, it cannot effectively process nutrients. When you ingest more toxins, you get fatter because the body has to create more storage space. Thankfully, you can help your body rid itself of toxins, and it will then let go of the excess fat. Please note, even skinny people need to flush out toxins. Losing weight by eating less and exercising more is not the answer. If you are not flushing out the toxins, all you are doing is creating a more dense toxic environment.
Let's not forget about STRESS. Cortisol is an adrenal hormone that raises blood sugar in response to immediate stress - a rush of adrenaline, right? So, if you are stressed all the time, your cortisol and glucose levels remain high. What happens to excess glucose? Yup, it gets stored as fat. Cortisol also messes with your METABOLISM and sleep. The less sleep you get, the more cortisol is produced. That stresses me out!
Your body is a miracle. It is made up of approximately 100 trillion cells, and it's building 1 billion new cells per minute. It is so complex that scientists have broken it down into systems, and doctors have to become "specialists." I like Peter Greenlaw's example: "A diabetic who is prescribed insulin by an endocrinologist may see a cardiologist for drugs to combat high cholesterol and may be prescribed medicine by an internist to regulate high blood pressure caused by the disease." They are all prescribing pharmaceutical drugs aimed at treating a single ailment. What if you were to take a look at the big picture? All of your cells are designed to work together. They each have a specific purpose. What do they have in common? They all need to be fed.
In order to drive this point home, I would like to share with you a very unique experience. The first video below is a short recording of the 2013 Carolina Crown Drum Corps World Championship Encore Performance. The second video is the same show from the perspective of a single performer. Each cell is like one of these college kids: talented, athletic individuals working together to create a beautiful, passionate, incredibly intense and pre-designed series of moments. Please take 5 minutes to appreciate their hard work and give yourself a whole new perspective on how the human body is designed. The show is inspired by the spirit of innovation and the passion for discovery. Entitled “E=mc2”, Einstein’s iconic equation represents energy, mass, and speed while also serving as a symbol of how we each observe the existence of space and time in our understanding of the universe.
Why are so many people suffering from obesity
and serious health issues?
Why is it so hard to eat right and get more exercise?
Isn't it just a matter of discipline?
Can't we count calories and call it a day?