Growing up, we were all told that eating less would give us the body we want. We're told gaining weight comes from eating too much, but does it really? Or does it come from eating the wrong foods? Calories in a Big Mac are completely different than the same amount of calories in fresh and nourishing foods.
See the thing is, when you start counting calories and seeing what can fit into your day, you start losing track of what healthy food actually does for you. If your calories are set at 1200, realistically you can fit any food into that whether it be healthy or unhealthy. When you eat intuitively and feed your body what it needs, that's when you'll see changes.
I'll just flat out say it: I am more than against diets. I don't believe in restricting yourself unless you have allergies or you are intolerant to something. Eating fruit for breakfast is not beneficial, eating a salad with no protein in it for lunch is not beneficial, and skipping meals is not beneficial. Whenever I hear people say 'Ugh, I was so busy today I didn't have time to eat' my eyes just light up and steam comes out of my ears. Make. The. Time. You have 24 hours in a day, you can find 1.5 hours spread out in the day to find time to eat.
Eating is not punishing our bodies, it's fueling them. However, if you're fueling your body with artificial sweeteners, additives or preservatives, then of course you're not fueling it in the right way and you're going to feel like shit. Eating more means eating more healthy foods, not less so you can eat more junk! 100 calorie bag of Oreos and 100 carrots are not the same. This is why I believe counting calories is where people go wrong.
I'm sure you've seen peoples success stories on Instagram about finally ditching their diets, and they eat more and look and feel better than ever. That's because it's the truth. Have you ever dieted and a few days in you're exhausted, you have no motivation and you end up so hungry you run to the nearest fast food place? That's because our bodies are meant to be fed! And fed the RIGHT foods.
If you're curious, here is one unreal success story about eating more:
The science behind eating more is when your body is stressed, it holds onto fat. It holds onto anything that it can store so when you go into fight or flight mode, you have extra energy that your body can take from the fat stores on your body. So your body automatically goes into stress mode when you're under eating. Therefore, when you do eat, your body grabs onto the sugars and stores them as fat.
I've said this a million times before, but listen to your body. If you're exhausted, weak, and moody all the time while 'dieting', it's because you're not giving your body the fuel it needs to make energy. That little pouch on your tummy that doesn't seem to go away? If you up your calories with HEALTHY foods, exercise 3-5 times a week and get 7-8 hours of sleep a night, I guarantee you will notice you not only lose weight but you have energy without coffee or energy drinks.
Here are just a few foods you can add into your diet to see changes in your body:
- Sweet potatoes
- Lean meats
- Coconut oils
You do not have to starve yourself to see progress. And after this post, I hope you realize it has the opposite affect on your body. It's been proven that fueling your body with the right foods instead of less food will benefit your health in the long run.
If you took anything from this article, remember that being a healthy weight consists of not eating less but eating right. And the affects of 500 calories of carrots is waaay different than 500 calories of chips. That's why calorie counting isn't always best.