The good news, we understand more about obesity. There were two very important developments recently. The first one was the recognition of obesity as a disease. The second one, USDA took a substantive step towards fighting obesity - new USDA’s 2015 dietary guidance make more sense than the previous ones.
The bad news, very few of overweight and obese people will heed the new guidelines. And we can’t blame people for being skeptical. When a government calls two tablespoons of concentrated tomato spread on a slice of pizza a vegetable, you start wondering if this government is in its right mind.
In my opinion, there is a substantial flaw in the guidelines. The guidelines do not emphasize that overeating was, is, and always will be the main cause of obesity. There isn’t any doubt that overeating sugar is very bad for your health. The ubiquitous refined sugars are practically in every processed food, and the 2015 Guidance clearly indicates that. But there is no clear and loud indication that overeating anything is also bad. Overeating, even healthy foods, also leads to obesity, albeit not as fast as when we gorge on sugar.
Weight gain is a result of disproportionate energy intake compared to energy usage. When we habitually consume more than we burn, our adipose (fat) tissue keeps storing excessive energy in the form of triglycerides. Adipose tissue is not just a fat depot, it also functions as an endocrine organ and has a profound effect on our health. In plain words, the habit of overeating makes us overweight, then obese, then destroys our health and makes our life miserable, although much shorter.
This bad habit cannot be broken by restrictive diets or, for that matter, by any type of sporadic dieting. Irregular light exercising cannot remedy this habit either. While excessive, “The Big Loser” style exercising, burns tons of calories, it is dangerous and just makes you eat even more.
Drugs, supplements, cleansing, and other gimmicks might make you a bit slimmer for a while. However, these gimmicks will only solidify the bad habit of overeating and promote a vicious cycle of weight loss and gain - exceptionally detrimental for health and self-confidence.
The only way of breaking the bad habit of overeating is by forming an opposite habit - a good habit of eating in moderation, which makes us burn more energy than we consume.
But how do you form a good habit of moderate eating? It is easier said than done. To succeed in forming a habit you need a fine plan with clearly defined goals and specific steps.
I developed a method of changing the way we eat by tweaking how we bite and chew, hence the name “Bites & Chews”. It is very simple and easy to follow.
Does this method require discipline and compliance? Yes, of course. You can’t achieve anything if you don’t stick to your goals and follow through. Does this method require sacrifice and pain, like restrictive dieting or punishing workouts? Far from it! I specifically designed Bites & Chews to form a habit of healthy eating without experiencing hunger, stress, or deprivation.
I also created a bunch of mobile applications to guide you through the eating process, making it easier to succeed with Bites & Chews method. All you need to do is follow the simple cues.
We are all familiar with the beneficial effects of pedometer - it improved the lives and health of millions of people by making them walk at least 10 000 steps a day. Its main principle is very straightforward - the more you walk, the better you feel physically and emotionally.
I designed a tool in my app, which I called Eatometer. Eatometer is a pedometer for eating. It gives you not just one, but a whole bunch of clear goals to achieve during each day. It is much more fun than the pedometer in that regard.
My method and apps will ease you into healthy eating. They will change your life for the better:
You will stop worrying about eating too much.
You’ll get satiated with just a fraction of you usual portion.
You will allow your body to self-regulate food intake.
You will naturally keep your weight within healthy range.
You will stop getting frustrated with uncooperative scales.
Your main concern will be about savoring foods and enjoying life to the fullest.