Coach’s Perspective on Proper Nutriton Approach
By: Ariel Santillan
The weight-loss industry generates millions of dollars each year with publications aimed at losing fat. With obesity at it’s record high, there is much profit to be made here, but some of the information being fed to the public is doing more harm than good. Research shows that Yo-Yo Diets that only focus on calorie counting result in the accumulation of MORE fat afterwards, 8% more on average! These nutrition models usually identify all calories as being the same, AKA “a calorie is a calorie.” This poses a problem, since calories are NOT all equal, contrary to what past university health programs have taught us. The calorie count – based on a system developed by Wilbur Olin Atwater, a late-19th-century American chemist – has been considered greatly flawed by leading scientists today.
Let us compare 500 calories from a blueberry bran muffin vs 500 calories from lean grass fed beef. The latter will increase your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), promote healthy hormone activity and fat burn, as well as, support healthy muscle mass. The bran muffin will usually contain over 30 grams of sugar and poor quality fiber. This will instead provide an insulin surge, trigger fat storing hormones and create an onset of sugar cravings for the rest of the day! We can clearly identify the better choice here, however, it’s not always so clear when people are being misled by fitness and nutrition organizations concerned only with profit, rather than a customer’s well-being.
Instead of focusing on calorie counting this year and “weighing-in” every week like some famous UFC contender, give the counting a rest and put the scale in the closet for a while. Instead, aim for a well-balanced nutrition plan that includes fresh, naturally farmed food choices and increase the number of healthy food options in your fridge. The extra food options will increase your nutrient intake. This in turn, will make you feel better and more motivated, which is one of the keys to success in most weight-loss endeavours.
You can also strive to live a more active lifestyle and focus on functional strength (as with outdoor activities), so you can maintain healthy muscle. Research shows that increasing our muscle mass is the best defence against fat gain and depression. When you combine all this with meditation and flexibility exercises (like yoga), you can greatly reduce daily stress and look forward to healthy aging, longer lifespan and less injury.
Healthy living shouldn’t require heavy math during meals or limiting ourselves to only a handful of mother nature’s wonderful array of food choices. Here are our top 5 tips to maintain a healthy body composition and burn more fat: 1) Eat according to your active lifestyle, 2) Get 7 hours of sleep per night, 3) Include essential fatty acids and good fats in your nutrition, 4) Consume at least 3 litres of water with lime daily, 5) Eat protein and nuts for breakfast, as it regulates insulin and promotes faster fat loss.0