Today I want to confuse you, dear readers, with an inspirational story.
A fella by the name of Mark Haub, a professor of nutrition at Kansas State University, set out to prove a point. For ten weeks, two-thirds of his calories came only from junk carbs, including twinkies, doritos, oreos, you name it. The rest came from a protein shake and some vegetables.
But he carefully measured everything before he ate, and limited his food intake to 1800 calories a day, as against a requirement of 2000 calories a day for a man of his height and weight and physical actvity.
The result? He lost 27 pounds of weight over 10 weeks, as you can see in this link.
The CNN reporter in this story is scratching their head as to how that could be!
But why is this so difficult to understand? If you measure everything before you put it in your mouth and have 10% fewer calories a day than your daily requirement, it absolutely does not matter what you eat, you will still drop weight and drop fat. This is the basic law of eating. Eat less, and lose weight! But can you imagine how many hunger cravings he would have had with this approach. What about the insulin spike followed by the sugar downer and how his energy levels would have fluctuated before and after meals? Does anyone wish to live like this, with hunger pangs and massive sugar highs and downs?
The lesson that we should all take away from Mark Haub is something entirely different.
The fact is that life is too short to measure calories and spend a huge amount of time thinking about how much we are eating.
Even more importantly, if human beings were routinely capable of counting calores, 95% of men in the developed world would not have body fat over 20% and 95% of women would not have body fat over 25%.
What we should learn from Mark Haub’s experiment is this; Do not count calories, because you have only a slim chance (no pun intended!) of succeeding in your weight loss program if you try to do so.
The diet that is most likely to succeed is one where you change the composition of what you eat permanently, and get rid of fast carbs and sugar from your diet.
The diet that is most likely to succeed is when you eat as much food as you like, but are careful about what you eat.
The diet that is most likely to succeed is one where you eat a wonderful and varied and epicurean diet that is rich is taste and variety, and really enjoy your dining experience.
This is the Ravionhealth lifestyle diet!