“Foods I can eat frequently that give me enough fuel to get through the day AND don’t make me miserable.”
They are full of vitamins and nutrients while also being lower in calories than the processed foods that have been designed to be overeaten.
They also fill us up, making us feel satiated, and keep us under our calorie total for the day.
Now you’re starting to get it:
If we can prioritize these foods on our plate even occasionally, we’ll feel full more often while eating fewer calories…
Which leads to sustainable weight loss and maintenance!
Let me drive this point about calories vs energy into your brain (not literally).
We humans are terrible at estimating how many calories we eat. Like, really really bad at it. I bet the proportions of the above foods surprised you.
We consistently eat much more than we realize, by 40%+.
To make matters worse, we also OVERestimate how many calories we burn through exercise.
One study showed that Fitness trackers like AppleWatch or Fitbit overestimate exergy burned through exercise by 20% or more.
So when we “can’t lose weight,” it’s not because we have a broken metabolism.
It’s not because we have bad genetics.
Or that we’re not eating for our blood type.
It’s because we consistently eat too much food without realizing it.
Because we always have a ready supply of new energy from recently eaten food, more than we need, our body NEVER has to dip into our stored fat to burn for fuel.
And when we think we’ve out-exercised our bad diet, we really haven’t.
So it’s time to stop “trying harder” and instead “try differently”:
In order for us to get healthy, we need to find ways to include more foods that fill us up AND taste good.