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The New Food Pyramid

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Author: Jim Robertson

We learned about the food pyramid in school, in the form of a diagram showing a pyramid with little images of milk jugs and loaves of bread floating about. It told us how many servings of each food group we needed to eat each day for a balanced diet, usually presented with little drawing of loaves of bread and glass bottles of milk. Most of us wondered how in the world we'd ever consume that many helpings of fruit and vegetables each day (those little drawings of brussel sprouts weren't exactly appetizing), but somehow we made it through with reasonable health. And yet, we're still scouring the bookstores and the internet for answers, for the elusive golden goose of dieting that will set us free from calorie counting forever.

This model is still around, lingering on some websites and diet materials, and it is correct in the fact that it results in a balanced diet to a large degree. But we've learned that measuring our calorie intake with "helpings" or "servings," even when the size of those helpings and servings is defined, is too imprecise and talks around the central point of it all. The good news is that there is a new way of defining the nutrition our body requires. It is a balance between proteins, complex carbohydrates and essential fats. The key word is balance, which means that if you consume too much of one at the exclusion of another - even if the source is of extremely high quality, like lean turkey breast meat for protein - you will pay a negative consequence in terms of your body's response. Too much protein and too few carbohydrates, and you will become fatigued. Too little fat -the good kind - and your heart health is compromised and your bio-chemistry is thrown off track. Too little protein and you won't be replacing dead cells and you'll be less able to repair tissue and grow new lean mass.

The context within which this food balancing act is viewed has evolved since the old pyramid days. The big thing now, as proven by the latest science, is that we need to strive to accelerate our metabolism before we will get on top of the weight control issue. Because if we can't burn all the calories we put into our bodies, and if our bodies adapt to a reduction in calorie consumption by clinging to its fat reserves (which is precisely what happens), we are doomed to a never-ending cycle of dieting and weight gain. The only way out is to crank up our metabolism to a point where dieting is no longer required because our bodies naturally burn off what we put into it. And to do that, nutrition, meal frequency and an exercise program that burns off energy while building lean mass is required.

The bottom line conclusion is this: losing weight is one thing… shifting your metabolism into a higher gear is another. You can lose weight without increasing your metabolism, but this is your ticket to a never-ending cycle of dieting, because unless you do alter your metabolism, you'll gain that weight right back. Until you teach your body to burn more calories per day, and to do it more efficiently, those breakeven numbers and calorie minimum thresholds will never change, you'll always be either dieting or gaining weight.

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