fat burning foodI tried the new Lidl grocery store this morning and saw this.  It made me chuckle.  I love the idea of eating a food and fat burning off my body – yes!!!  So, I wanted to throw out the real deal on this – I’m sure the book clarifies this within…

We talked about Calories in, Calories out theory a few weeks ago.

The BEST thing you can do is – Count your hormones!! {not calories}

Calories… don’t control metabolism, hormones do.

Calories…have little influence over hunger, sleep, cravings, energy, and mood, but hormones do.

Calories (or specific food)… don’t determine what type of weight you will lose and where you may lose it from, hormones do.

  • indirectly food influences fat burning, but if you’re eating cheeseburgers and french fries and throw in an avocado and good fats, it doesn’t negate the negative effects of the crappy food, right?
  • If you understand what your body thrives on and hormonal balance is achieved, the angels will sing!  This is biofeedback.
  • You have to be the detective of your own body –
    • adjust timing and volume of carbohydrates
    • fats almost always can be increased – hunger suppression and energy producing fats
    • dairy foods can be increased, decreased or eliminated
    • Eating frequency can be adjusted

If you are unsure where to start, begin the week eating unlimited amounts of lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables.  The next week scale back on the protein to a few handfuls a day, preferably at breakfast and lunch with lots of veggies and good fats.  Play with the amount, timing and types of foods you’re eating throughout the day and measure against energy, cravings, mood and sleep.

It’s not a perfect science and for women can vary throughout the month, based on your cycle.  The key is you are your MD (#beyourmd) and you are far more qualified than the doctor to understand what your body needs, you just have to pay attention and adjust as needed!

Have you figured out your metabolic hormonal happy place?