Brief Evolution on Fat:
During most of our evolution being fat up to a point was beneficial. People never knew what food availability was going to be like. Their bodies begin to adapt as they stored the food theyconsumed efficiently. They basically learned to survive with an abundant amount of food half of the time while literally consuming minimal amounts of food the other half. These circumstances resulted in a body that could slow down metabolic rate for the purpose of survival.
The ability to store body fat helped humans survive through winter by providing their bodies with heat and storing calories. Being
fat was necessary to survive. On the other hand being lean meant quick death in times of famine and cold. I often joke with my clients in regards to the above statement (inside joke: if a famine ever comes lean people will be the first to go, while the majority of society will live forever).
In today’s society under most circumstances it is not necessary or recommended to be fat. Being overly fat can potentially lead to serious side effects.
Women have a harder time losing fat on average than men. Numerous factors can contribute to this situation. Women have lower metabolic rates, lower levels of lypolytic hormones, higher levels of lipogenic hormones, and they seem to adapt to weight
loss faster than men. From an evolutionary standpoint this all makes sense. Women were responsible for giving birth so they had to be efficient at survival (in relation to storing body fat for heat and energy during winter months when food availability was limited).
Stay with me here, more on the evolution of the fat, I will reveal all my research, tips and more...
When we think ‘diet’ you are actively engaging in short term thinking. When you start to think of it as something you go on and then off again, that’s the wrong direction.
Lose the word "diet" from your vocabulary!
This type of yo-yo behaviour is linked to many health problems. Because of the strain on the body of repeated weight loss and weight gain, the researchers found that the dieters would have been better off not dieting at all. Research has shown the repeated rapid weight gain and loss associated with dieting can double the risk of death from heart disease, including heart attacks, and the risk of premature death in general.
When you think 'diet' you are actively engaging in short term thinking. When you start to think of it as something you go on and then off again, that's the wrong direction. Some of the BEST resources on nutrition are not diets. They are eating plans. They are how to eat healthy for life programs. They teach you how to eat correctly for everyday living. There's nothing short term about them.
A quick test is to simply look at any given plan and immediately ask yourself...
Is this something I can do for life?
If you are overweight, then thinking in the short term is exactly why you could be doomed to fail! As you bounce from one plan to the next, you become more and more frustrated.
FACT: Many diets that use a severe calorie restriction just makes it harder to lose the weight the next time.
FACT: Some studies show that repeated weight loss and regain actually increase the changes you'll gain even more weight the next time.
FACT: Studies consistently find that people who report the most exercise also have the most weight loss.
Now with all this in mind...
No matter what eating plan you choose or what your goals, just drop the word 'diet' from your vocabulary and pick a plan you can stick with for life. That encourages slow weight loss or weight gain. That doesn't "demonize" foods but helps you pick and choose from healthy alternatives and explains the reasons why.
If you are always changing your eating habits for special events or every 8 weeks, you might be dieting. That's the time to take a step back and learn all you can about nutrition. Learning how to eat correctly is something you can stick with for life and avoid the common frustrations.