Do you think about losing weight? Do you want to lose weight? The New Year is in full swing and you’ve decided to commit to living a healthier lifestyle for your family. Now it’s time to discuss a common mistake that people make in their approach to weight loss.
And not eating it.
It is a misconception that eating significantly less will result in the weight loss you are seeking. While in the short term, when you restrict your caloric intake you may begin to lose weight. However maintaining this pattern of shedding pounds will be nearly impossible. This is due to your metabolism.
Over-restricting calories can slow down your metabolism making it difficult to burn the calories you do consume. Your body has a natural tendency to slow down if you are not meeting its required nourishment to maintain energy levels and typical body function.
Although your mind understands what you are trying to accomplish by eating less, your body doesn’t care. The primary concern of your body it to function optimally and will speak to you loudly when this is not realized. As your body slows down you will become fatigued or frustrated and reach for caloric replenishment with a vengeance.
Resuming your previous eating habits or bingeing after sending your body into survival mode through staged famines, will coax your system into storing fat resulting in weight gain.
Remember, your body wants to survive, and through extreme dieting you have told it that you do not know where and when the next meal will come from. Storing fat ensures there will be an internal food source for your body to live off of during bouts of famine.
So how do you make your metabolism work for you? At the most basic level we can use the analogy of building a fire. You start with your kindling and tinder for a quick ignition (healthy breakfast), and you continually stoke your fire throughout the day, frequently adding timbers to burn (small meals and snacks). Without the timbers, the fire would dwindle and extinguish, slowing your metabolism. Adversely, adding excess wood and oxygen to the fire (over eating) will cause it to grow to an uncontrollable level.
The relationship between the foods you eat and exercise is instrumental in achieving the results you want to see. If you are a dad aiming to build on being healthy for his family, good nutrition and training must go hand in hand.
Eat healthy, eat often and listen to what your body needs. Seek balance in your dieting habits – try not to find yourself too hungry or too full.