Bit of Science to put in your toolbox

The past two weeks have been mind blowing in terms of weight loss content. I’ve done my best to summarise it here for you but I’ve been mindful not to drop it all here. Knowledge is only useful when you can take it in. If I drop too much it is overwhelming and you can’t take it in so I’ll spread it out over the next two weeks. 

Understanding Calories

Calories are a unit of energy and you should look at them in the same way you look at diesel for your car. They are simply fuel. Calories don’t change. There are no good or bad calories. A calorie is just a calorie. One calorie from a banana is the exact same as one calorie from a bar of chocolate. The calorie itself never changes. It is just fuel – like diesel for your engine. What changes is the amount of calories in a particular food and the quality of the macronutrients & micornutrients that are found in the food. But the calorie itself never changes. One calorie is one calorie. It has no ability to be anything other than a calorie. What changes is the amount of calories and the quality of the macronutrients and micronutrients that are found in the food.

Macro & Micronutrients

Foods are broken down into macronutrients and micronutrients. Our macronutrients are carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Our micronutrients are our vitamins and minerals. Vitamins are the ones you are famililar with Vitamin A,D,E and K and the B-complex vitamins you often hear about and our minerals are elements such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, iron, zinc, fluoride, and chromium that all play a vital role in our bone health, muscle function, enymes, hormones and our immune functions.

What are Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are the body’s primary and preferred source of energy. Your body craves them, your body needs them and your body should have them. Where this fucked up industry has led people astray is that somewhere someone said carbohydrates make you fat. What they forgot to include in that sentense was ‘all junk food, including alcholol, cakes, biscuits, sweets fall into the carbohydrate category and consuming too much of these isn’t the best food policy to follow for anyone’. They don’t just make you fat, they rot the belly off ya. Carbohydrates such as bread, pastas, rice and potoates, are good for you and they are in fact the bodies preferred source of energy. Carbohydrates are also a cracking source of fibre and fibre is what makes your bowls work and keep you pooping great so carbohydrates are not just great foods to take in, they are amazing foods to help you get out what you need to get out. 

What are Fats

Fats, while being the highest macronutrient in terms of calories are also essential for your body. Without fats your brain can’t work, your hormones will be out of whack and without fats you can’t absorb vitamins A,D,E and K and without fat you will be bloody freezin. Fats should be consumed in moderation but you should still include them. You get the good fats from nuts, seeds, oily fish and cooking oils.

What are Proteins

Proteins are essential for building and repairing tissues, as well as for the production of enzymes, hormones, and other important molecules in the body. We typcially associate protein with poultry but you can also get protein from fish, eggs, dairy products as well as legumes. nuts, seeds, and soy products. You should consume some protein with every meal because it leaves you feeling fuller for longer

Body Fat & Calories

You know that your body needs calories every day in order to survive. No calories, no fuel, no fuel no working muscles, no working muscles no heart beat, no heart beat, your deadzo and you need to understand that everyone has a set requirement or set amount of calories that they need. Everyone’s requirement is different and that is why a one size fits all approach to dieting doesn’t work. Your calorie requirement is linked to your energy requirement in the same way that your diesel requirement for your car is linked to how many miles you want to drive. It is about how much fuel you need. A hairdresser standing on her feet all day needs more diesel than someone sitting at an office desk all day. Someone who is overweight needs more energy to make their body function than someone who is slim. The area the heart has to pump blood to is simply bigger than someone who is slimmer. Someone who is exercising every day needs more energy because they are asking their body to do more. A new mother who is up a few times a night needs more calories than someone who gets a full nights sleep. The list goes on and on but what you need to take from this bit of science is that we have a set fuel or calorie requirement that we need every day but we also have one massive limitation, and that is, that once we have taken in our bodies required amount of calories for that day our body has no option but to take any extra calories that we dont need and store them somewhere. We can’t use the extra calories or lets call them fuel, we can’t dump the extra fuel, we can’t give away the extra fuel. We simply have to store it and the only option we have to store this extra fuel, or call them extra calories, which is what they are, is by putting them in our fuel storage tank that is called body fat. Our body fat is simply the store room for our extra fuel or the extra calories we have taken in that our bodies did not need. 

Body Fat & Weight Loss

Your body fat is simply your store room for all the extra calories you have taken in over the years and in order to lose weight what you have to do is first, understand what is your calorie requirement for your normal days. You then need to eat a little less than your required number so that your body will have to go to your store room and take out the extra calories you need. simply bigger than someone who is slimmer. Someone who is exercising every day needs more energy because they are asking their body to do more. A new mother who is up a few times a night needs more calories than someone who gets a full nights sleep. The list goes on and on but what you need to take from this bit of science is that we have a set fuel or calorie requirement that we need every day but we also have one massive limitation, and that is, that once we have taken in our bodies required amount of calories for that day our body has no option but to take any extra calories that we dont need and store them somewhere. We can’t use the extra calories or lets call them fuel, we can’t dump the extra fuel, we can’t give away the extra fuel. We simply have to store it and the only option we have to store this extra fuel, or call them extra calories, which is what they are, is by putting them in our fuel storage tank that is called body fat. Our body fat is simply the store room for our extra fuel or the extra calories we have taken in that our bodies did not need. 

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