It’s not about the calories!
The biggest problem is that we keep telling patients that they need to eat less to lose weight. This is absolutely not true. You will not lose weight by eating less. You have to eat the right things. You can actually lose weight by eating more calories, as long as they are the right calories. If we keep telling patients to eat less and exercise more, we feel better about ourselves, because we are blaming patients’ lack of will power and lack of self control. Further, we are blaming them for being too lazy and not wanting to exercise.
Countless studies have been done over the past 100 years. Eating less does not lead to weight loss. Exercising more does not lead to weight loss. You are not too lazy and you do not lack self control. You haven’t been able to lose weight because your friends and your doctors have been lying to you and misinforming you. Heck, most doctors are misinformed. They don’t even know how to lose weight.
The fact of the matter is that more Americans work out and have gym memberships than any time in US history. We eat healthier, we work out more, information is readily available at our fingertips on the internet, yet we are still breaking obesity records and are fatter than ever. Why?
You need to follow the correct diet plan to lose weight.
A calorie is not just a calorie
Two hundred calories of plain white sugar are not equivalent to 200 calories of prime rib eye steak. One will cause morbid obesity and weight gain, while the other will cause weight loss. You can eat 5000 calories a day of steak and still lose weight. If you tried that with sugar, you would gain weight at a very fast rate.
Don’t fall victim to the “a calorie is a calorie” logic. It’s not true. Calories are not created equal. Eat the right calories, and you will feel satisfied and burn fat. Eat the wrong ones, you will always be hungry, eat more, and gain weight.
All diets that have tried reducing caloric intake have failed miserably.
How many calories do we really eat?
Studies have shown that most people severely underestimate the amount of calories that they consume on a daily basis. When questioned, most Americans think that they consume about 1200-1500 calories per day. However, when these same people were tracked, it turns out that many were consuming 3000-4000 calories per day. This is ok when you are 18 years old and playing high school sports, but not ok when you have a desk job and don’t have time to run around.
Even simple, unscientific polls on various websites have shown that 68% of respondents answered that they consumed between 500-1200 calories per day. Another 9% felt that they consumed between 1200-1600 calories per day. That’s unbelievable. We all know that Americans readily consume between 2800-4000 calories per day.
Most humans require far less calories than they consume. The average American male rarely needs more than 1600-1800 calories to maintain their current weight, and the average female rarely requires more than 1200-1400 calories. Of course, most Americans consume 2000 or more calories per day. Some consume as much as 5000 without even noticing it.
Again, not all calories are created equal. One hundred calories of plain white sugar cause an instant spike in your blood sugar levels and start the fat storage process and leaving you feeling starving later. While one hundred calories of asparagus won’t affect your blood sugar levels at all. Keep that in mind when you are trying to decide how much of each food to eat.
The C3 Diet doesn’t require you to count calories or eat drastically less. You just have to eat the correct foods. You can eat as much as you’d like, as long as it is of the right foods. Of course, if you eat loads and loads of high glycemic index fruits, you will still gain weight. So be reasonable and follow the diet closely.