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Why Calories in- Calories out is not as simple as it sounds

April 28, 2018

In weight loss, people often say that it's a simple measure of "calories in vs. calories out". Sometimes people compare it to a bank account. The amount of money in the bank is always the amount deposited, minus the amount spent.

But let's take a closer look at a bank account. Imagine a hypothetical businesswoman. She is making $500,000/year. So has a big house, fancy cars, and goes on lots of vacations. That's her baseline spending. Then imagine she gets fired. She has to take a different job and now she is making $50,000/year.

She is depositing a lot less into her bank account. So she has to move to a smaller house, get a more economical car and stop traveling all over the world. She takes her baseline spending way down, because she is depositing less money in the bank.

A peer-reviewed, published study performed at the National Institutes of Health showed that human metabolism works much in the same way.

The study was performed on 16 of the contestants on the popular television show "The Biggest Loser". The study showed that 6 years after the show, 92% of the contestants regained much of the weight they lost, with 28% weighing more than they did before the show. 

The study showed that this was a result of the contestant's metabolism slowing. On average, the contestants baseline metabolism burned 600 less calories per day than at the end of the competition.

The study showed that when the contestants consumed low levels of calories, their bodies started using less calories- their baseline metabolism slowed down. This is why weight loss becomes harder the longer you go, and why it is difficult to keep the weight off.

But it doesn't have to be this way! With some knowledge of how food behaves in your body, people can lose weight without slowing their metabolism down. The NutriLogix Program is designed to teach you this knowledge so you can lose weight the easy way- by working with your metabolism instead of against it. 

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So what's this keto diet I keep hearing about anyway?

April 20, 2018

 Hi all, a lot of you have been asking about the keto diet. Although the NutriLogix program incorporates concepts from the keto diet, it has many differences as well. So, I wanted to give some information on what it is and why it works. 

The keto diet typically involves keeping net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) below 30 grams per day. Some people use anywhere between 20 grams to 50 grams per day. It also involves a medium amount of protein and higher levels of fat.

It takes about 2 days to use up all of your stored carbs in your body, but when you do, your body goes into "ketosis".

Here's what that means: Your brain needs lots of energy, and carbs can easily go into your brain. Fat and protein can't get into your brain fast enough to fuel it. So, when your body uses all of it's stored carbs, it has to find something else that can quickly fuel your brain. So it turns fat into ketones, which can then easily go into your brain and fuel it.

Here's where it gets interesting. Ketones can do everything carbs can do, but are little different than carbs. They are different because you breathe them our, sweat them out and pee them out. 20-30% of ketones are lost in this way. Which means that you are essentially breathing, sweating and peeing out your fat. This is why it works so well for many people. 

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The Pizza Paradox

December 14, 2017

I was at the Dallas airport and I felt like a hypocrite. I was switching planes, and I was very hungry. So on the way to the gate, I quickly stopped to get a pizza. It was a deep dish pizza with sausage and olives and lots of other delicious toppings. I carried it on to the plane with me where I was planning to gulp it down. 

So why did I feel like a hypocrite? I had just started NutriLogix, and I needed to finish the presentation for a mini-course I was scheduled to teach the following week. So I opened my laptop and opened the presentation. The presentation about healthy eating and weight loss. As I was wolfing down a deep dish, sausage covered pizza. 

I knew the people around me could see what I was working on. I couldn’t help but wonder if they found it ironic- hypocritical even- that I was writing about nutrition while eating something that is widely regarded as “unhealthy”. 

But the funny thing is that I wasn’t being a hypocrite. I was still on the NutroLogix Program. It wasn’t a “cheat” day. And I wasn’t worried that the pizza was going to ruin my weight loss efforts. I knew that I could finish that pizza, and still continue to reach my weight loss goal. I knew this because pizza can be part of the NutriLogix Program. 

What!? How can pizza be part of a weight loss program? It sounds far-fetched, but if you understand your metabolism, it is actually quite simple. If you understand your metabolism, it becomes clear why that pizza was actually helping my weight loss efforts. 

The NutriLogix Program does exactly that- teaches you about your metabolism. It is not a rigid diet that must be followed exactly. Rigid programs are the old way of thinking about weight loss. Rigid programs are a struggle because they cause you to fight against your metabolism. The new way is to understand what different types of food do once they get into your body. Once you have this knowledge, weight loss is no longer a challenging mystery.