I’ve always said calorie counting isn’t a smart way to lose weight.
All it does is send your body into ‘fat storage’ mode and increase levels of the ‘hunger hormone’ ghrelin. So that the less you try to eat the hungrier you become.
Instead I think the focus should be on WHAT you eat rather than HOW MUCH.
And now I’ve found a bumper study that proves it.
This huge study, led by Dr. Chris Gardner at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, involved 600 participants and cost $8m to do.
Dr. Gardner and his team wanted to prove once and for all if calorie counting helped with weight loss or if it just primed the body to go into starvation mode and trigger rebound weight with a vengeance.
Well, based on what I said at the start of this article, you can probably guess the result…
The participants were allowed to eat as much food as they liked. All that matters was that they didn’t eat processed junk but instead only whole foods, like meat, vegetables, nuts, and fruit.
A year later all 600 participants had their health checked.
The first surprise was that ALL of them had lost weight. In fact, average weight loss was 12.35 pounds.
Yet what was more surprising was that, along with slimmer waists, they had lower blood sugar and their blood pressure had dropped.
In other words, this $8 million study PROVED that how much you eat doesn’t matter.
It’s WHAT you eat that does.
And WHAT you eat directly impacts your blood sugar, cholesterol, and all round health.
As Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian notes, this study provides “the road map to reducing the obesity epidemic in the United States. It’s time for U.S. and other national policies to stop focusing on calories and calorie counting.”
Eating Healthy is Easier Said than Done
You probably knew that you should be eating whole foods instead of processed junk already.
And you may have already tried eating clean, but found it impossible to stop the cravings for your favorite foods. Am I right?
The good news is there are strategies you can use for keeping cravings under control.
Chief among them is taking a long break between meals a couple of times a week.
Because when you do, it gives your body time to digest and burn off some of the sugars and carbs in your system before you eat more of them.
Take Bigger Breaks Between Meals a Few Times a Week
When it comes to timing your meals, there are few better people to learn from than Brad Pillon.
Brad isn’t a doctor or nutrition expert.
But that hasn’t stopped Brad becoming a bit of an internet celebrity due to the success of his ‘Eat Stop Eat’ system.
It’s a system that mirrors the eating habits of our ancestors.
A system that enables you to stay below your ‘personal calorie threshold’ so you can lose weight without relying on willpower alone.
His system has helped over 54,000 people to adopt a natural cycle of eating to gain slim, toned bodies without dieting misery.
So if you’ve struggled to make the transition to curbing your cravings and eating clean, Brad’s ‘Eat Stop Eat’ system is worth checking out:
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