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The NEW Food Pyramid - Getting Beyond Just Calories

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The NEW Food Pyramid - Getting Beyond Just Calories

The New Food Pyramid! How to lose weight, have more energy, and feel great without calorie counting, starving yourself, or being miserable.  

 

Why is nutrition so hard?  

-Manufacturers make food hyper palatable

-Food production emphasizes efficiency over health

-Social media influencers don’t know what they’re talking about and social media tends to reward hot takes, all or nothing thinking, etc.

-A lot of “evidence based” information is really “shred of evidence” based, “credential” based, or “sponsored by food manufacturers evidence” based.

-Government/Academic based information is not as independent from industry as we would like.  This is why we made the NEW food pyramid. 

-Some highly intelligent people from the research world have no idea how to actually effect positive change in another individual in the real world. 

 

Why I’ve fallen out of love with counting calories.  I still think it can be helpful sometimes, but beyond establishing a basic level of awareness, it has a lot of pitfalls for regular folks trying to get in shape and feel good.

-Whole foods are harder to log while packaged food is easier to log

-There is a lot of false precision.  Food labels can be off by plus or minus twenty percent.  The margin for error is much higher than the 200-500 calorie deficit most people should shoot for.  

-A lot more than calories matter about your food choices

 

Calories are calories; and miles are miles.  Folks I would describe as “Ivory Tower” nutritionists love to assert that calories are calories.  It’s a perspective that comes from being well versed in pubmed articles, but not well versed in helping real world people eat well consistently.  They aren’t necessarily wrong.  When controlled for calories and protein intake, virtually any way of eating works the same for weight management. What the ivory tower folks don’t get is that real people in the real world are not in a setting that is controlled for calories and protein.  If you want to reduce caloric intake, you can’t ignore that some foods are far easier to over eat. This is the same as acknowledging that a mile in a limo with some champaign is in fact different from a mile hiking up Mount Washington with a full pack, though both are miles.

 

Calories are only part of the story.  Here is the whole story: Weight gain and loss is affected by calories.  Satiety (fullness), cravings, daily energy, micro-biome health, and inflammation, are all factors of the quality of the food we eat.  Food quality will influence the quantity of the food we eat in the real world.

 

This is why we made the NEW food pyramid.  This is the simplest way I have figured out how to get people to eat well enough to lose weight, have more energy, and feel great without calorie counting, starving yourself, or being miserable.