How was your weekend? I hope you had fun!
I always try to make the best of it. Even though had a busy one, still made time to go out for a few drinks and dancing with a bunch of good friends. Have to confess, really enjoyed it. It’s been way too long without dancing for me.
My guess is that today’s topic will be an interesting read for you. This is a continuation to my previous post about hunger.
So, the other day I was talking to this lovely girl who wants to get in shape and lose a few pounds. She was telling me, I don’t eat a lot but I must start to eat healthier.
Does this phrase sounds familiar?
Just because a food is considered healthy or it is called super food it does not mean that we can eat more of it.
Healthy or not, food has the same currency for your body. It is all converted to energy.
At the end of the day it all comes down to energy in and energy out. That means, how much you eat and how much you move.
ENERGY IN vs ENERGY OUT
As you imagine, energy in refers to the amount of food or drinks we consume and energy out is about how active we are.
In very simple words.
1. Eat more than you move and you will gain weight, that is positive balance.
2. Move more than you eat and you will lose weight, that is negative balance. ( hey, never said eat less okay?!)
3. Eat and burn it all and you will stay the same, maintenance, meaning neutral balance.
That is why emotional or stress eating has a great influence in the relationship between energy in vs energy out.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A MEAL
When you eat food, your body convert it to energy. In simple words, it stores it in the muscles and liver cells to be used later for your activities.
These cells however, have a limited capacity to store fuel. So what happens if there is more to process and that energy is not used?
As you can imagine, your body takes this extra fuel to the cells with unlimited capacity and that is, the fat cells. These cells can grow incredibly big. I’m sure you get the picture.
Someone said to me the other day, so then I can create a negative energy balance just by controlling my food.
Yes, a great negative energy balance lead to sudden weight loss. But so, does getting thrown in a cave without adequate food for a week. That is what crash diets do.
Your aim is to work with your body and not against it. Your aim is to create long lasting sustainable results.
Eating and being active is the best combination and best way to stay healthy, happy and maintain a good balance between your energy in and energy out.
Hope you did find this read helpful. Thank you so much for being part of my bunch and hope to see you in those comments.
Have a great week!