My never ending, lifelong quest to conquer modern day nutrition continues as I address the misunderstanding of key principles.
It seems that almost everyone has a problem with this or that, some kind of thyroid problem, some kind of metabolism problem, or more recently, some kind of problem due to a lack of eating MORE calories. I keep hearing, “I can never eat enough calories to lose weight.”
It may sound crazy, but more and more people keep telling me they don’t eat enough calories to lose weight.
I’m usually baffled, but again, it comes back to a lack of understanding of the key nutritional principles.
My masterpiece on nutrition will be out soon and it will address the mindset of eating — perhaps the biggest culprit of America’s foray into obesity.
Simply put, people don’t understand the principles and they don’t realize the impact of their day-to-day choices. They haven’t crafted an effective mindset regarding food consumption and instead rely on outdated information, nonexistent intuition, family traditions, and links to community.
They continue to eat like shit. They lose track of the little snick snacks, and they forget to count the double-mocha-frappe they had for breakfast. Later in the afternoon you’ll hear, “I’m starving, I skipped breakfast this morning.”
→ A Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks has 370 calories, 15 grams of fat and 55 grams of carbs with 52 grams of sugar. Most people won’t count this as a breakfast.
So, it may be actually be more useful to skip the rest of this article and wait for me to publish that book, because understanding the key terms will also do little to alter your body’s composition. Simply knowing won’t matter much and there is the unfortunate debacle of what the other guy said. Because the other guy almost always takes a much gentler stance, or sometimes, a more radical approach based on modern day nonsense (think vegan). Either way, everyone loves what the other guys said.
The Metabolism is the term for the series of processes that break down molecules from food to release energy to fuel the cells in your body. Nutrition is the key to metabolism — a solid foundation of nutrients helps to bolster your metabolism and one with too much energy (carbohydrates) throws it out of whack.
There has been a very simplistic view of the human metabolism, where a “calorie equals a calorie,” which is just not true. Carbohydrates, which yields 4 calories per gram, adversely affects the metabolism more than a gram of fat, which yields 8 calories per gram. Carbohydrates do more damage to our metabolism than what was originally thought. If you fancy a study, Harvard did one that showed a very high-fat diet speeds up a metabolism by 300 calories a day compared to very high-carb diet.
The problem comes from the hormone Insulin.
Never will I deny this simple fact — some people handle carbohydrates better than others. It’s almost like saying, some people are naturally taller than others. But a more appropriate statement regarding carbohydrate consumption would be, some people are taller than others for awhile, then eventually everyone becomes the same height.
Hormones have a weird way of impacting your body differently as you age. Everyone gets it in almost every other instance, but with nutrition, nobody seems to get it. Some people handle carbohydrates better as a kid or teenager, but don’t in their 30s and beyond. What is happening is that your body is starting to become affected by large amounts of insulin from a diet full of carbohydrates.
This is how it works: you eat a meal (most likely chocked full of carbohydrates), insulin is released by the pancreas into the bloodstream to drive nutrients into your cells. Carbohydrates cause an excess release of insulin when compared to protein and fat. This is compounded even further with a meal that is just carbohydrates — rice, beans, bagel, muffin, donut, mocha-frappe, etc. Today’s modern diet can even include multiple snacks and “meals” spread throughout the day with plenty of carbohydrates, creating a consistent flow of insulin into the bloodstream.
What happens next is the holy grail of lifestyle related disease and a common killer in the U.S. today: insulin resistance. In my opinion, it could easily be called the downfall of the human animal.
Consider this simple explanation from WebMD:
Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t use glucose from your blood for energy. To make up for it, your pancreas makes more insulin. Over time, your blood sugar levels go up. Insulin resistance syndrome includes a group of problems like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. It could affect as many as 1 in 3 Americans. You might also hear it called metabolic syndrome.
Let’s consider a few modern day facts:
1. Carbohydrate consumption has sky rocketed due to candy, soda, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, muffins as a breakfast staple, donut shops, the misleading idea of dessert, every fruit available despite the season, hidden sugars in everything (beef jerky has sugar), alcohol and a penchant for celebration, and of course, staples of tradition that came from times of poverty (rice, beans, and bread).
2. The misleading notion that carbohydrates are good for you. The highly funded and aggressively successful campaigns of big companies such as Kellogg’s, Pepsico, and General Mills that make you think carbohydrates are okay.
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3. People in the fitness industry that do not struggle with carbohydrate consumption telling others that carbohydrates are okay in moderation or as part of a balanced diet (the equivalent of a person not addicted to heroin telling a heroin addict that some heroin is okay in moderation).
→ Here is the thing that is unfortunate for modern day nutrition but is actually something that happens all the time. A person has good genetics that makes them more tolerant to carbs and more responsive to physical training. They respond by doing more of what works well for their genetics (like a person that likes science becoming a scientist), and then they become what we like to call an influencer. They start to post about what works (for them), claiming it’s backed by scientific evidence (those studies produced by Kellogg’s and Gatorade).
The end result is people looking for help get nowhere and fail miserably. They get upset, feel hopeless, and eat more carbs. How do I know this? Because I am that people.
The solution is simple but the cascading amount of information will make it difficult: drastically cut back carbohydrate consumption.
Change will only come from a person’s perception of carbohydrates. As long as you think it’s okay to eat, you will never stop eating them in surplus.
Adopt this mindset: carbohydrates are bad.
Better yet, don’t eat any other carbohydrate besides vegetables unless you are an athlete and use it to optimize performance.
Even then, it should be used sparingly. Remember, carbohydrates are bad.