I’ve gotta admit that I love it when my opinions are backed up by brilliant women and men wearing white lab coats.
It happened again last week when a new study published in JAMA confirmed that calorie-restriction ISN’T the best way to reach and maintain a healthy weight, and what really matters is food quality, not food quantity.
For years I’ve been saying that WHAT you eat matters more than HOW MUCH you eat. And, when it comes to eating for self-love, we need to prioritize the foods that best nourish our bodies.
Eating well is how I overcame a decade of anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating; providing my body with the nutrients it needed allowed me to regenerate physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Obsessing about portion sizes, eliminating macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbs), or avoiding healthy foods because they’re calorically dense takes up WAY too much mental real estate. Think about all the time and brainpower you can suddenly regain by letting go of such restrictive thinking.
The study, which was carried out on 600 people, found that participants lost a significant amount of weight by replacing added sugar, refined carbohydrates, and highly processed foods with vegetables, complex grains, and whole foods. Not rocket science, right?
But here’s the clincher: unlike other studies that set extremely restrictive limitations on specific food groups, participants of this study lost weight regardless of the calories or portion sizes eaten.
It’s not that calories don’t matter, but food quality matters more. Plus, it becomes a lot easier to eat an appropriate number of calories for your weight, age, and physical activity level when you eat real food. (Are you more likely to overeat a farro, roasted vegetable, and feta cheese salad, or a packet of Doritos or bowl of mac & cheese?)
The bottom line is this
Eating well is very easy to do and doesn’t require you to follow every trend that the diet industry throws your way. Focusing on food quality is the cheapest, easiest and most enjoyable way to lose weight and gain better health.
This week I encourage you to let go of food-phobia. Then ask yourself, how you can make the meals you’re already eating a little more nutritious?
Let me know how it goes!
In my program, Slim Down With Self Love Bootcamp, I teach women exactly how to do this, so that they can let go of food fear, and eat in a way that makes them feel well, look well, and live well. Registration for the program has closed, but you can join the waitlist for our October release HERE.