Dr. Jade Teta's latest article on T-Nation, "The 5 Laws of Metabolism" offers some great info on how your metabolism really reacts to dieting and exercise. While I generally shudder a bit when anyone talks about anything to do with the human metabolism and dieting as a "Law", the logic and information throughout the article is really sound.
While Dr. Teta does a good job of putting most of it in plain language, the article can be a bit science-y for those of you who aren't familiar with the principles of metabolism and nutrition, and you might find it a bit overwhelming.
The good news? You don't have to figure this stuff out on your own - you can work with me (Coach JP), and I can help you navigate your way through your journey to a healthier, happier you! For more info on how we can work together for less than the cost of a latte a day, click here.
The main takeaways for me as regards fat loss are:
- Your Body Will Fight You - Always trying to "eat less, exercise more" does not work long-term because your body is highly adaptable. Your body will fight you nearly every step of the way, and figuring out how to work with your body is a big part of long-term success.
- When It Comes to Fat Loss, Efficiency Is Bad - Because your body is so adaptable, long-term calorie restriction results in your body becoming more efficient at using the calories you take in, which is NOT good. You end up in a downward spiral of eating less, your body adapting to having less, then having to eat even less to continue getting results. Eventually, you simply can't eat any less, and you're stuck. This is similar to the long-term effect of using steady-state, lower-intensity cardio as your main exercise activity - your body becomes more efficient at it, burning less and less energy to achieve the same amount of work.
- Everyone's different (DUH) - this should go without saying, but every person's metabolism, psychological factors, environmental stressors, and LIFE is different. Those differences mean that there is no one-size-fits-all recipe for fat loss, or for "good nutrition" generally. You need to adjust on-the-fly and be adaptable to be successful long-term.
- Your Body and Brain Need A Break - Rest and recovery are crucial, and that includes taking the occasional break from adherence to a diet or exercise regimen. This need is both physical and psychological.
Here's a link to the full article in case you're interested in reading it (which I do recommend).
Again, I know this stuff can sometimes get overwhelming. There's so much conflicting diet info out there, it's hard to sort out what's good and what's not.
Let me help you get off the diet roller coaster, and live a less stressful, healthier, happier life! Our program is highly adaptable to the unique needs of your body and your life, and I have over six years' experience helping people just like you get the results they want. Again, for more info on working with me, click here.