Warning: there’s no recipe in today’s post, and that’s rare for me. But there’s more to me than recipes, and there’s some things I want to share, so I’m eschewing my ordinary and I hope it resonates with some of you!
First, I came across this awesome, thought-provoking video shared on my trainer Tony Gentilcore’s blog. The video actually comes from Jonathan Bailor, a former personal trainer who has devoted years of research for his new book, The Smarter Science of Slim. For all of us who wonder what the “secret” to being naturally thin is, here’s the answer: there is no secret. Our ancestors have been staying slim (and more energetic, and less disease-ridden) for years without knowledge of what a calorie is, never mind counting them or being concerned about how many were used up in a given workout session. How come in this day and age, we have more people dieting and counting calories than ever, and also the highest rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases? If you have 12 minutes, spend them watching this video. There are at least 25 quotes I’d love to share, but just watch for yourself and learn. I think we’ve all been fed way too much nonsense information and this video starts to dispel those myths in an easy-to-digest manner.
Now here’s the thing. I know we can nitpick. I’ve been a calorie-counter myself, and even though I’ve gotten away from it, I’ve still kept up with posting the nutritional content for the recipes I create and share with you. So maybe you think I’m some type of hypocrite. But know this: I’ve been two kinds of calorie-counters.
- First, the super-diligent-count-everything kind who kept that count as low as possible and always pushed myself to run the extra mile (literally) to burn more.
- Secondly, the more relaxed kind who allowed myself a few hundred calories, but making sure those extra calories came from things like lean proteins (an extra ounce of salmon or an egg is nothing to sweat), good fats (a handful of nuts with my yogurt, some avocado on my sandwich) and of course, plentiful fruits and veggies (no more weighing that stuff!)
And guess what? When I practiced the latter, I learned that my body could EASILY handle a greater calorie load. I could still lose or maintain weight as I wished, I had more energy, my body LOOKED better not only in terms of shape but skin and nails too. But I’ll still argue that some of us need to be a wee bit more careful than others because of how we’re programmed, and that’s why I continue to provide nutritional breakdown for most of my recipes.
I’d also like to add that I have some of my own questions after watching the video. Like, WHY are there naturally thin people who do eat tons of donuts (and furthermore, why can’t I be one of them?) Secondly, can’t we still eat some totally “insane” foods in moderation and still stay healthy and slim? I think we can, although just how much is not addressed in the video. So I offer you two things to keep in mind:
- Slim does not equate with healthy (I know you know this, but I think it’s always an important reminder), and I think a great follow up study would answer the question “just how many skinny-fat people are fooling themselves and the rest of us?”
- We’re all a little biologically different. There is NO one-size-fits-all when it comes to nutrition and dieting. What works for me might not work for you. The best service we can all do for ourselves is to experiment and figure out what works. Just how much “extra” can your body handle when the majority of your diet comes from nutritious, whole foods it was meant to eat? No one can figure that out but you.
Disclosure: This post has not been compensated in any way nor was I approached to write it. It is simply information I came across and wanted to share with you.