Food is one of the most misunderstood things in the world. I want to help you understand what you are putting into your body and why you feel like crap the next day after eating an entire pizza at 10 pm.
The first thing you need to know about food is that it is made up of three “macronutrients” - carbohydrates, protein, and fats. All macronutrients are important to the body in their own unique way. The second thing you need to know is that the purpose of food is to fuel the body and to provide it with energy to perform everyday tasks. From something as simple as getting out of bed in the morning to something as complex as cellular respiration the food you eat provides power to every single cell in your body.
If you have ever tried to diet before you may have heard of something called “hitting your macros”. For example, if your diet plan calls for 150 grams of carbs, 200 grams of protein, and 75 grams of fat, all you need to do is eat the foods throughout the day that will satisfy those numbers. A lot of people will use this as an excuse to eat whatever they want as long as they are “hitting their macros.” However, there is a very big difference in just “hitting your macros” and actually satisfying them with quality foods that are nutrient dense. You could have a burger from your favourite fast food restaurant where you get 20 grams of protein, 30 grams of carbs, and 15 grams of fat. Or you could have a 6 oz steak with a cup of baked potatoes. I’ll let you figure out which one will leave you feeling a lot better after you eat it and into the next day. Quality is key when it comes to making food choices. Quality means consuming things that were grown in the ground or on a farm. Can you buy the hamburger patty from a butcher -the source- for the same price you can at Rotten M’s? NO, you can’t, can you tell me why? . Remember, the body is genetically coded to be able to process and absorb natural things. If you eat something that was synthetically created or altered in a lab, how do you think your body is going to be able to break it down and use it efficiently? That’s like putting diesel in a gas engine.
Sources say that 95% of people will gain back the weight that they lost. In my opinion, the biggest reason this happens is because they think they can go back to their old habits once they hit their weight loss goal. It’s also why we don’t really like the word “DIET”. Instead, think about making healthy eating a lifestyle rather than something you just do for 10 weeks and then quit. If you make it a lifestyle, you can lose as much weight as you want and keep it off while striving to be the healthiest person you can be. The easiest way to make healthy eating a lifestyle is by incorporating balance in your diet. There are three macronutrients for a reason. Each one serves a specific purpose in the body. If you cut one of them out completely you are mostly likely going to crave it which is setting yourself up for failure, and secondly, your body is smarter than you. For example, if you are cutting carbs completely out of your diet, you’re not providing your body with it’s main source of energy so therefore it will compensate by burning your muscles for fuel instead through a process called gluconeogenesis (converting proteins to glucose for energy) which actually decreases resting metabolic rate (the calories consumed doing nothing). By consuming a balanced diet with all the macros, you are setting yourself up for success by providing the body with all its main nutrient requirements.
Overall, the human body is one of the most synergistic things in the whole world. If something isn’t functioning properly, it will affect the way everything else works too. This is why fuelling the body so that everything can function optimally is so important.