At this point in the growing popularity of Paleo diets, you've probably heard about what they involve. But what most people don't understand: How they relate to calories, hunger and your metabolism, said ancestral health guru J. Stanton in an October 30 podcast.
Stanton became famed for his book "The Gnoll Credo" (click for details), expanding his influence to encompass the vast world of weight loss and dieting. His specialization: Ancestral health and Paleo dieting, in particular the impact on the body of high fat, low carb diets.
One of Stanton's key points: "Yes, calories count—but they don’t all count the same." It's a point often made by those who advocate Paleo diets as well as various types of low carb diets in general, while countered by those who insist that calories in, calories out is the key to weight loss.
However, says Stanton, if you count calories in a sugar cookie to be the same as in a steak, you're doing yourself a health disservice. Our bodies don't react in the same way to the refined grains and sugar in a cookie as they do to the fats and protein in a steak, and thinking that they do puts you on the path to weight gain and health problems such as metabolic syndrome.
Another area of concern for this wise weight loss wizard: Hunger.
“People aren’t obese because they enjoy being obese, and diets don’t fail because people dislike being slim and healthy. Diets fail because hunger overrides our other motivations,” declares Stanton.
And although multiple scientists have studied hunger, he contends that the actual state of craving food is misinterpreted by many nutrition and diet specialists. In particular, they frequently do not recognize the link between the type of food eaten and the level of hunger.
Stanton also wants to help people understand how their metabolisms function. As part of his Paleo diet belief system, he contends that by choosing high fat foods such as meat rather than simple carbohydrates such as sugar and foods high in flour, you are priming your body's fat-burning furnace. Result: Increased energy, reduced cravings and success in slimming down.
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