Revisiting; how to go about losing weight, I was wrong


I am going to revisit a blog that I have published before. The blog I am rewriting here is “how to go about losing weight”. Why am I rewriting this blog? simply, Because I no longer support and stand behind the words and statements that I wrote down and talked about before. I have always said that I will admit when I am wrong and create new content to make it right, so here we go.

What I was wrong about

In the original blog post I talked about how eating less calories will lead to some weight gain. This is a statement I no longer support.

Yes, eating less calories can lead to some minor and temporarily weight loss, but that’s just it, the benefits are so small, insignificant and temporarily. Many people will agree that they did not experience any significant weight loss while being on a calorie restrictive diet, it’s because the calorie restrictions don’t matter all that much. As you have heard me preach in previous blogs, it’s all about where the calories come from. The theory of calories coming in versus calories going out doesn’t matter a lot because it’s not the driving force behind weight loss. Excess calories are not the driving force of weight gain so how can it be the solution for weight loss?

The ”set bodyweight”. What I should have said the first time

Your body has a set bodyweight which is linked to a number of calories throughout the day. If you keep yourself from getting these calories in you might be able to lose a kilo or 2 but eventually your body will start to reject because the set bodyweight hasn’t changed. It takes time for our body to adjust its set weight, that’s why sustainable weight loss over longer periods of time and adjusting your macronutrient intake is the way to lose significant amounts of weight.

  • Macronutrients (also known as macros) are nutrients that the body uses in relatively large amounts and needs daily (measure in grams). There are three macronutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

The reason short term dieting/weight loss doesn’t work, is because we’re forcing our body to adapt to changes without giving it enough time. Our bodies don’t just simply adjust to taking in less calories than we need, your body has enough energy stored for it to last a while, but eventually it will simply produce less energy because that’s what you’re putting in. Use the example of a fire, more wood = bigger the fire, less wood = smaller fire. Although you can keep a fire going will a small amount of wood, the flames will never be as intense and big as when you give it more fuel in the form of wood. The fire will start to die down slowly because it wants to persevere its flame for as long as possible, but without adding fuel in form of wood the flames will stay small and eventually die out completely. Now, our bodies won’t just die out like that because your body won’t let that happen but the rest hold true.

Going back to the set bodyweight, if we are unable to change the set weight, we will be unable to lose weight. So, how do we go about changing our set bodyweight? To answer that question, we have to focus on the actual driving force behind weight gain, which is the insulin production. As discussed here, insulin is the main cause of weight gain and a direct response to our sugar intake. In order to actually change out set bodyweight we’ll have to attack and significantly limit our sugar and process food intake. Attacking those 2 things will lead to the significant weight loss you have been looking for while maintaining a more balanced energy level through the day.

I am not the first person to tell you to stay away from processed foods and sugars but I hope that this blog has shown you why it’s so important. It’s not just something people say just to say it, it actually works.

Read more about why we’re gaining weight, here and what to do about it

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