Bodyfueling is a book written by Robyn Landis and I recommend you buy it. I can't possibly give you all the information in that book in this note because I would most likely be sued for copyright reasons. I will give you a summary though.
Bodyfueling is also plain and simple eating to fuel your body. It is a way of life and not a diet. Diet implies that there is a time limit, that it is a temporary thing. This is forever. Diet also implies that you have to starve yourself or follow a strict set of rules. Robyn Landis is a lean attractive woman who eats 3,000 or so calories a day. Starving yourself is not the answer.
Understanding why Bodyfueling works
First of all, according to Robyn Landis, you need to get rid of diet thinking. An ideal weight or losing weight is not necessarily healthy and is not the right path for becoming a lean healthy individual. If it is just about losing weight people will do ANYTHING to get rid of it, and they don't seem to care about what that weight is.
Of course everyone means fat, but it doesn't always turn out that way. For example, if you want to lose weight you: EAT ______ EXERCISE ______. People naturally fill in the blanks with eat less, exercise more. However, when you follow that formula you lose weight, but not necessarily fat. As Robyn Landis points out, with your car, would you drive more and gas up less? Just like your car, your body needs fuel to run properly.
People think that not giving your body fuel will force it to burn fat. That is not true. The body doesn't run on fat alone. In fact, carbohydrate (and by that I mean whole grains) is the body's primary source of fuel, we use it constantly for everything we do. The body must always have glucose - the carbohydrate found in your blood stream at all times and virtually no fat can be made into glucose.
If your body is denied the foods that make glucose (carbs) it has to get it somewhere just so you have enough energy to function. So if fat can't be made into glucose what can? Your muscle, or rather the protein in it. Your body will break down your muscles and convert the protein into carbohydrate. This process leaves toxic bio-chemical by-products in its wake. Protein is nitrogen based and so nitrogen is released when it is converted into carbohydrates. That stresses your liver and kidneys since it is their job to filter it out. Also, don't forget your heart is a muscle. Ms. Landis tells of a woman who was on low carb diets for many years and the damage to her heart because of it cannot be undone.
Your body needs those proteins to stay proteins. Along with losing muscle proteins you also lose other important body proteins. The antibodies that defend you against illness are proteins. Muscle contains enzymes designed to metabolize fats, which are lost when muscle is lost. And when your body is struggling to process muscle protein into carbohydrate fuel, the liver produces more low density cholesterol, and fat-storage-assisting enzymes build up.
Your body does break down SOME fat along with the proteins, but without the help of carbohydrates (which you body needs for energy and when it breaks down muscle to get them it doesn't have any to spare to help break down the fat) your fat won't break down completely. Instead it leaves more toxic waste products for your organs to deal with. Even if it does make you skinny, it isn't healthy.
So, don't try to lose weight. Weight can mean anything and with most diets means losing muscle weight. If you want to lose "weight" cut off your hair, or a limb. If you are properly fueling it is possible to become lean without losing much "weight" at all. For example, Robyn had her body fat tested. In two years her bodyfat went from 27 to 17. her dress size went from 6-8 to 2-4. However, she weighed exactly the same 130 lbs. 27% of that equals 35 lbs of fat while 17% of 130 equals 20 lbs of fat. She lost 15 lbs of fat and gained 15 lbs of muscle. FAT BURNING MUSCLE! And she looks good.(She also eats 3,000 calories a day and works out only 3 hours a week- I can't wait until I have the muscle to be like that!)
So if you shouldn't be concerned with how many pounds you have lost while bodyfueling how do you know it is working? Robyn says your eyes are the best tool. You can get bodyfat measurement tests, but they are a hassle and can be expensive. Just look at your body, you will be able to see the difference. You will also be able to feel the difference. You will become stronger and have more energy. I know I do.
Another problem with diet thinking is your reason for dieting. Most of us do it because we want to look good. That can't be your soul motivation, though...it simply isn't enough motivation to make a life change. Instead you need to figure out the real reasons you want to make this change.
- I want to have more energy to play with my little brother and sister.
- I want to have the energy to play with my kid as we both age.
- I want to have more energy for ME!
- I want to live my life vibrantly and do things like whitewater rafting and rock climbing and travel!
- I want to live as long as I possibly can.
- I want to look good...it made the list, but it isn't nearly as compelling a reason as the others.
My next post will be How to Fuel Your Body!