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Knowledgebase: Nutrition: Weight Management
How many calories a day should I eat if I want to lose weight?
Posted by Stephan Mackenzie on 22 April 2011 11:18 AM
Calorie counting, height and weight, and the concept of "weight loss and the scales" are outdated and misleading paradigms that encourage one of the most destructive human behaviors - dieting. Dieting is guaranteed to make you fat. When you go on a typical diet and cut your calories, you are effectively starving your body. Your body responds to this diet as a threat and a series of very powerful survival responses quickly go into action, which in effect cause your body to store as much fat as possible. First, your metabolism slows to a crawl. Your body then releases cortisol , a very powerful survival hormone which facilitates the burning of your lean muscle mass, (depleting your body's calorie burning engine), and the storage of fat. When you come off your diet, your body quickly stores fat and you not only gain back all the fat you have lost, your body becomes more resistant to your next diet. Even though you may have lost weight, you may actually be fatter, because your body fat percentage - the relationship between the amount of fat to the amount of lean body mass (muscle) - may increase. The key to permanent fat loss is not to count and restrict calories and deprive yourself. Rather, the key is keeping your blood sugar stable, so you eliminate cravings and hunger, which in reality will result in less caloric intake, simply because you don't eat as much. Never eat carbohydrates alone. Always eat them in combination with lean proteins and/or raw fats/oils, to slow down the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose. Increase your lean protein portion if you still feel hungry or sluggish after. Starting your day off with an Advanced Metabolic Optimizer, a balanced blend of the highest quality of lean protein, raw fats/oils and unprocessed carbohydrate, will keep your blood sugar stable, keep you energized, eliminate cravings, and turn your body into a fat burning machine.
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