From NY Times: The Fat Trap
A recent article in the New York Times, The Fat Trap, goes into detail on recent research confirming that the body REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wants to stay at a weight once it gets there. And other research indicates that when it comes to weight loss, it’s not so much what you eat but HOW MUCH you eat.
It would be easy enough to see this information and decide that you can eat whatever you want as long as it’s not too much and lose weight OR if you’ve been overweight for a long time, to just give up and say you can’t ever get better.
But that would be sad. And that would be wrong.
If your family is overweight, or you’ve been overweight for a long, it’s going to take work. LOTS of work. The majority of people who have lost weight and kept it off did two things: restrict calories AND exercise. Researchers are still trying to see if slow weight loss is more friendly to the body than fast weight loss. In other words, maybe if you lose weight slowly, your body will fight you less and let you stay there.
Calories. Calories. Calories. That simple word. Yes, it’s true that fewer calories is key to weight loss. But PLEASE don’t think this means what you eat doesn’t matter. There are a few key things related to the actual food making up your calories.
- Your body needs nutrients to work right. If you eat junk, your body won’t work right.
- Some people FEEL better when they eat more/less protein/carbs/fat.
- Some fats are good for your body, some fats are bad for your body. Eat more of the good, less of the bad.
- Some foods are super filling but low in calories (think VEGETABLES – EAT THEM)
This research shouldn’t make you give up hope, it should be a relief. If you struggle with weight, relax, be kind to yourself. Realize that it’s going to take work and it’s going to take time. Make a plan for yourself. Get some support. But if you don’t see the results you want, RELAX. And yes, think about calories, count the calories, but LOOK BEYOND the calories and make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need.
Have you lost weight and kept it off? Or struggled with weight? Please share below!