Here's One of the Biggest Diet Myths Stopping You from Losing Weight and Losing Stomach Fat
There are many diet myths that prevent people from losing weight, but the biggest myth is that all calories are created equally.
If you've tried to lose weight in the past or if you are currently trying to lose weight, then someone has likely old you that you need to cut calories.
Cutting calories is a good for your health and your waistline, but the most important thing you need to do if you want to lose stomach fat is to improve where your calories are coming from.
I recently made an appearance on Diet.com to talk about diet myths. Watch the brief clip and then continue reading my explanation of how to lose weight by improving the quality of your calories.
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In the video, I ask a simple question... Do you think that eating 1000 calories from cookies has the same affect on your body as eating 1000 calories of fish?
Many people say a calorie is a calorie, but this is not the case.
You can get calories from 4 places.
Carbohydrates (pasta, fruits, and veggies)
Protein (meat, fish, and dairy)
Fat (oils and nuts)
Alcohol (alcohol is not considered a nutrient)
Each one of these 4 places affects your body differently. Let's just talk briefly about hormones that affect weight loss.
Insulin is a storage hormone, and it tends to promote fat storage. If your insulin level is high, it is more difficult to lose weight.
Carbohydrates have a significant effect on raising insulin level. However, each carbohydrate will have a varied affect on insulin. For example, white bread tends to significantly raise insulin level, but broccoli (which is also a carbohydrate) does not really raise insulin level.
You may have heard the terms "Good Carbs" versus "Bad Carbs". Generally, the good carbs don't have as significant affect on insulin as bad carbs.
Eating tons of bad carbs will make it really difficult to lose stomach fat and decrease your body fat percentage.
Eating Protein actually stimulates the release of glucagon, which is the opposite hormone from insulin. Glucagon actually helps your body to burn stored fat.
Proteins (essential amino acids) are also the building blocks of your DNA (genetic code) and also your enzymes (chemicals that power your metabolism).
Without adequate amounts of protein in your diet your cells cannot rebuild and your metabolism will slow down.
Fat actually has zero affect on insulin, so eating fat by itself will not raise your blood sugar or your insulin level.
In fact, there are essential fatty acids that you must ingest in your diet in order to have a healthy metabolism.
Essential amino acids (proteins) and essential fatty acids are nutrients that your body needs to function, but your body cannot make them. So, the only way to get these nutrients is through your diet.
In this way, eating good fats can actually speed up your metabolism.
Hormones play a major role in weight loss, and carbohydrates, proteins, and fats all have different effects on your hormones.
All calories are not created equally.
If you want to lose weight and lose stomach fat, try to eat most of your carbohydrates from organic fruits and vegetables.
If you want to lose weight and lose stomach fat, try to eat most of your protein from organic non-processed sources.
If you want to lose weight and lose stomach fat, try to eat most of your fats from healthy organic sources such as nuts and seeds.
Remember that in order to be healthy, and in order to make weight loss progress focus on Quality First and Quantity Second.
I hope this makes sense, and I hope it helps you to make progress now that you understand one of the diet myths.
If you've been struggling to lose weight, consider my ebook The Ultimate Detox: How to Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks Without Exercise.
It is a step process that I teach my personal training clients to help them just start their weight loss progress.
Yours in Health,
Charles Inniss, DPT
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