Interestingly, the calories that are recorded as being on the side of a food container aren’t always accurate. Combine this with the reality that the way they’re burned depends on the body that’s burning them, and we can already see the holes in the counting-calories-approach to reaching a weight goal that we may have (it’s not actually our weight that we’re aiming to affect here – although that’s a whole other blog!)
As we instinctively know, our bodies are affected by many variables. These include our age and activity levels, our hormone balance, metabolic rate, and quality of our sleep.
And of course how happy we’re feeling
There’s an interesting chicken-or-egg scenario here when it comes to the food that we’re eating. Namely, the types and quality of the fats we’re eating also affects the food choices we make…and in turn how well we feel.
We’re also affected by the chemicals we’re exposed to, and even our gut health.
Cutting to the chase – the best results I’ve found for both myself (with my own health journey of overcoming a 3-years-to-live prognosis at the age of 21 and moderating my body shape), and for my clients – are from taking a several pronged approach.
One of these is healthful eating
So what does this mean exactly? It means having foods readily available in the cupboard and fridge that are as free of toxins + processing as possible, are free of added sugars, use natural flavourings, are vegetable-rich, low glycaemic index, and with any fats being the good fats (rather than opting for the proposed ‘healthy low-fat’ options).
And it ends up being a long-term approach that works, rather than a short-term dash to reach a figure on the scales, that’s ended up with the diet-er often being heavier 4 or 5 years down the track.
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Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is a Lifestyle Consultant, with over 26 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.