Summer time is the best time to do some extra reading. So, from time to time we’ll keep you updated on some great health, training and nutrition books we’re loving.
The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor is an awesome book for lots of reasons. First, if you’re struggling to understand why the old “calories in, calories out” theory to weight loss does not work long term, this is a great book to answer your questions with easy-to-follow science and the results of numerous studies.
Second, it reinforces what we advocate with our TONE clients for fat loss and long term health: eat lots of non-starchy veggies, quality proteins and healthy fats to reach your goals. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!
Finally, it explains how the body works — how we clog our hormones with stress and unhealthy food, how we store and burn fat, and how we can heal our bodies by eating healthy foods just like our ancestors did for 99% of time.
Here are some of the key points to remember about fat loss:
- You Need to Eat: When you starve yourself, you can lose weight in the short term. However, in the long term, this causes all sorts of hormonal clogs, slows down your metabolism, and increases your set point. What does this mean? Quite simply, that your natural set point for your body weight will keep getting higher.
- Don’t Avoid Fat: Starches and sweets are what make you fat, healthy fat does not make you fat.
- Always Avoid Sugar: Artificial sweeteners and added sugars are super addictive and should be avoided at all costs. They are bad for you health and bad for your waist line.
- Simple, Healthy Nutrition: If you want to be healthy and keep off fat long term, drink lots of water, and eat so many non-starchy veggies, high quality proteins and healthy fats that you don’t have room for the unhealthy, processed stuff.
- Eat Whole Foods: If you need to do anything more to your food than cut it or cook it, you probably shouldn’t eat it. Your body won’t know how to properly digest it or use it.
It is important to note that these principles are not just important for fat loss, but for optimal health as well. Remember that if you get healthy, you will lose unwanted body fat. So, make being healthy for life your goal and you will love how you look.
A big thanks to Zoe Knight of Muscle Nerds for the book recommendation. Eat healthy everyone!