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The missing ingredient you can’t buy

What should I eat Australia?

During the week I attended a debate with 6 of the leading nutrition experts in the country, see panel below. One of the learning’s I took away from this which was by the least qualified of the panel – the humble hippie nutritionist Lola Berry. Lola brought up that she has found the missing ingredient from most people’s food is not protein, carbs or fats, it’s the invisible ingredient – happiness.

If you are going to get anxious, stress out or regret what you’re about to eat – don’t eat it, don’t even put yourself in that situation.

This means don’t go to the pub if you’re going to feel like you’re missing out on fun when everyone else is drinking booze. Either go and have fun drinking water or don’t go at all.

The worst thing you can do is put yourself in a situation where you know you’re going to break, regret it the next day and then berate yourself and get depressed for the rest of the week.

This is the same with any treats consumed in excess such as biscuits or in my case ice cream. I don’t buy ice cream or any processed sweets because as a wise man once told me ‘Once you’ve bought it, you’ve already decided to eat it’.

I know myself and know that ice cream will be inhaled that Friday night no matter how strong my will power, so I simply choose not to buy it and occasionally enjoy ice cream when I go out.

To prevent ill-health, weight gain or feeling depressed work out your patterns of self-sabotage and then find practical yet still enjoyable ways to avoid them, as stressing yourself over a food or drink, which might not be that bad for you in the first place, will cause it to become bad due to your negative emotional state.

So enjoy your food and your treats without any guilt or stress and that will help you make better food choices and prevent the physical and emotional hangover.

The panel included Food blogger Sarah Wilson (IQS), Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos, Lola Berry, Dr Sue Shepherd (Developed the Low-FODMAPS diet), Professor Kerryn Phelps and author David Gillespie. 

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Why calorie counting is flawed

Coffee and muffin

Calorie Counting is Flawed. Here’s Why…

Since the start of the dieting era (early 1980s) there have been many books, programs and, more recently, apps that can give you a relatively accurate measure of the calorie content of thousands of foods.

While the theory of burning more calories than you eat to lose weight is scientifically possible, we are not scientific beings, we are emotional beings with many complex hormones (and women have more of these hormones than men). It is because we are emotional beings that the ‘Counting Calorie’ system does not work in the long-term.

If you want proof, put these calorie-counting approaches to the test, without changing your usual calorie intake or exercise/activity level.

  1. Have no more than 6 hours sleep a night, drink at least 4 cups of coffee/day, train extra hard and take on more work/responsibilities than you can healthily handle. Then see what happens to the fat at the front of your belly.
  1. Make 80-90% of your energy intake from carbohydrates, even the “Good ones” like wholemeal bread & cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Then see what happens to your love handles, the area just above your hip bones.
  1. Ensure broken sleep (most mothers with newborns do this anyway), have most of your set calorie intake from processed foods – all the low-fat, sugar-free food products you like, and drink some form of alcohol every night.                                                   If you’re a female go on the contraceptive pill and if you’re a male just drink more beer. Then see what happens to your body-fat around your hips, thighs, butt and calves.

Doing any of the above approaches you will find it almost impossible to lose weight from specific areas of your body, you can even burn off MORE energy than you eat, but believe me the body-fat won’t shift.

There are millions of dieters who go through this deprivation and frustration week after week, ruining their metabolism and suffering emotionally.

The solution is to learn to read your body and understand how to lose weight the easy and efficient way, without counting calories or going hungry every day for the rest of your life.

‘Tim’s Tips’ in the Bad, Better, Best Food Choices’ app provides you with effective, proven and long-term ways to lose weight. Download now if you want to empower yourself with accessible, practical ways to get healthier, slimmer and happier.

About Tim Pittorino

I’ve been training and nutritional coaching for 20 years and over this time I’ve collected the highest nutrition qualifications from industry leaders Paul Chek, Charles Poliquin and Reed Davis. I’ve coached high profile people like Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, and Ms. Universe contestant Jesinta Campbell. Most importantly I’ve helped thousands of everyday people get healthier and lose weight without deprivation through the BBB system. And now you can have all my secrets to a lean, energized and healthy body.