The calorie model of weight loss has failed and it has been proved that you do not gain fat simply because you eat more than the recommended amount of calories. The reason it doesn’t work, is because it is incomplete. More than the calories, it is the hormones that matter.
Role of Hormones
Hormones play a critical role in long term body fat levels. Their effect on body fat is well known, especially the hormone insulin. It’s mostly known in reference to diabetics, but also plays a part in gaining and losing fat. The fat we gain might not be due to overeating, it may be due to a hormonal clog. If our body loses the ability to burn fat, then no matter how less we eat or how much we exercise, that fat is not going anywhere. When something like this happens, it is important to restore the body’s ability to burn fat.
Calories do not control metabolism, hormones do. They have little influence on hunger, cravings or mood.
It’s important to stop worrying about how much you eat and focusing on what you eat. The types and quality of food you consume is much more beneficial. It’s simply about eating the right stuff and finding what works for you.
Everyone’s body works differently. One person might eat large amounts of fat and protein, lose a lot of weigh and not have trouble maintaining that. These type of people are successful in their fat loss goals because they found what works for them. They have found a way to compliment the inner workings of their body. The rest of us aren’t so lucky. We may put in the work and go completely by the book, it might still not make a difference. That’s mostly because we put calories before hormones.
The first step in putting hormones first, is to start eating smartly. More lean protein, less sugary fruits and lots of non-starchy vegetables. After that, you have to start listening to your body in regards to how hungry you feel between meals and your energy levels. If you feel more hungry with less energy than changes need to be made. You might need to eat more protein after a workout or eat more starchy food in the morning etc. If you make the changes and start to notice fat loss, you’re on the right track. If not, then you need to keep on changing your eating habits until you find what works for you.