Everyone knows the formula below: if we eat fewer calories than we burn, we will lose weight. It sounds so reasonable, that nobody questions its accuracy.

Calories Eaten < Calories Burned = Weight Loss

But then how is it possible, that people who are struggling with weight issues can almost never achieve long-term weight loss?[1]

Is It Really Laziness?

Doctors have a fairly simple answer: “Sure, fat people are lazy, they simply are not persistent enough.” But could it be that 99.9% of people who ever tried this technique were lazy and gave up too early? Fortunately, the answer is no. Simply the dietary advice was wrong, the human body does not work that way. This also means that

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT IF YOU WEREN'T ABLE TO LOSE WEIGHT.

You just did not have the right information and the right technique.

To be honest, the body does not like to change, and if it changes, it is usually gaining weight, especially in stressful situations. It stores energy to prepare for potential hard times in the future. Of course, the body does not know that these hard times (lack of food) will never come because there is always a grocery store or a restaurant a couple of blocks away. As a result, the stored energy will never be released. It’s like a bank account: you’re always making deposits, but never withdrawals. While financially this sounds like a good idea, if we’re talking about fat deposits this can pose serious health risks.[2]

So, Where's the Mistake?

If we want to find a way to efficiently lose weight, we’ll have to correct the previous formula. The correct version looks like this:

Calories Stored < Calories Burned = Weight Loss

The main difference is that it’s not the eaten calories what count, it’s how much you store in adipose tissues.

But how could we possibly measure this? How could we keep track of the stored energy? It’s a difficult question, as the human body has a number of tricks to control energy storage in order to ensure survival. The simplest trick is the following: even if we reduce the food intake, the body simply slows down metabolism,[3] while still maintaining the fat stores despite our tedious efforts.

However, the body’s hormonal functions can show us the way. All our actions (frequency of the meals, the type of food we eat, quantity and quality of our sleep, stress situations, etc.) generate hormonal responses[4] and these hormones control the whole energy management in our body. They tell the cells when to store energy and when we can burn it. Simply put: hormones determine the amount of stored fat and the shape of our body in the long run.

Losing Weight Efficiently

If we could take control of the process, if we knew the hormonal responses of our actions and dietary choices, then we could easily lose weight. We only need to do those things that trigger the weight loss promoting hormones.

That’s exactly what I teach. I can show you what tricks you can use to stimulate your body’s fat burning mechanism without any cravings or stress. I’ll tell you all the details of the ketogenic diet which is designed around this concept.[5] Have I piqued your interest?

I’m curious about your journey. Have you lost weight with the calorie counting technique? Did it work in the long term? Share your story in the comments section below!

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