It’s that time of the year where many of us are looking to start on the road of getting fit, losing weight and getting healthy. With so much information out there on how to accomplish this goal and the “best ways” to do this, what makes sense?
Well, one principle that underlies most if not all of the diet and weight-loss advice out there is that you must EXPEND more calories than you take in! But how should you create this DEBT? What makes sense? How does your body react when you attempt to do this?
According to Kevin Hall, PhD of the National Institutes of Health if you approach your weight loss goals by merely slashing calories – in other words approaching this goal only by reducing food intake – you cause your body to rely on its defense mechanism of CONSERVING or storing energy when it thinks it’s being starved. In other words, it slows its metabolism. This of course has the opposite effect of what you’re trying to do by dieting. So, what’s the answer? CREATE DEBT!
The kind of debt that I’m talking about here can be created through activity – through exercise. By combining exercise with a healthy reduction in your food intake (and here I would insist that you seek the counsel of your physician or registered dietician before you do so), you can begin to expend more calories than you bring in. Dr. Hall says that by gradually reducing your calorie intake you won’t trigger the starvation reflex, and instead of resisting your efforts, your body will adapt to the reduced calorie intake and exercise by LOSING!
So, what are you waiting for? Start going into DEBT today!