Common Questions About Food & Nutrition
I’m too busy to think about food all the time! What should I do?
Myth: You should obsess about your food.
Truth: Obsession can have a negative connotation. All aspects of your health, including nutrition, should give back to your life, not take away from it. Obsessing constantly over calories, foods and ingredients can cause more stress, which inhibits health no matter how healthy your food choices!
Will a diet help me lose weight?
Myth: A diet or restricting food intake is the only way to achieve a “healthy” life.
Truth: Food is meant to be enjoyed. It’s more than fuel: it’s a nourishing act that allows you to relax, be present in your body, and can be an act of community with friends and family. Cutting out certain foods may not be the only way to achieve optimal health for your body.
A common misconception is that one diet will work for everyone who displays one specific symptom. For example, if you’re gluten-intolerant, you may feel encouraged to follow a strict gluten-free diet that will make you feel better. But underneath the surface, there are other unique health issues at work: because your body composition is not the same as another person’s with gluten intolerance, you may require different amounts of food, or a specific approach to gluten-free lifestyle to support a specific hormonal function.
Just because you noticed you gain weight when you eat carbohydrates does not mean a Paleo diet will be the one-stop solution to maintain a healthy weight. We’ll talk about more health and nutrition aspects in our Resources.
I’m eating less calories...so why am I not losing weight?
You’ve followed the old adage, “Less Calories In, More Calories Out = Weight Loss,” but you’re still not seeing results. Or perhaps you went on a specific diet that touted success stories of people losing five, ten, twenty pounds in a short amount of time, but you plateaued and stopped losing weight.
What is going on?
There are a couple of factors at work:
- Your body is trying to regulate itself by slowing down the metabolism so it’s not burning away its precious energy. Your body can detect when energy levels are low!
- Your prolonged calorie restriction is triggering a starvation response that leads to a slower metabolism.
There are solutions, but they require one-to-one consultation for your particular health and nutrition needs. You may find it advantageous to try an intermittent fasting program or ketogenic diet rather than a one-size-fits-all diet program.