Ask The Trainer – How many calories are in your program?
Here at Personal Trainer Food, we often get asked how many calories are in our program…and we’d like to clear this up for you once and for all.
FACT: Americans are the most nutritionally educated consumer in the world and yet we are the most obese country in the world.
Why? We have been forced to read labels very carefully over the past 40 years due to manipulative marketing tactics by food companies and diet companies. We have been somewhat mislead into believing that processed foods are okay as long as the calories are low. Now we are discovering that processed foods are actually a lot worse for us than anyone could have ever imagined. This is why simply reading labels (and keeping the calories “low”) in an attempt to control your weight just flat out won’t work.
Before 1970, no one in America had to read labels and interesting enough America did not have an obesity problem. Why? Because we ate natural food (meats, vegetables, eggs, cheese, etc.). No one knew what a calorie was and no one worried about eating fat from meat or dairy. Also, we rarely ate sugary or processed foods because they had to be homemade or purchased at a restaurant.
So what happened? In the late 60’s fat in food was deemed as the culprit for heart disease (while it was actually due to smoking) and all the food companies, medical experts and government began the fat free revolution. Sugar, High Fructose corn syrup, enriched white flour and preservatives were overlooked. Thus the food industry began adding these overlooked ingredients to their foods and within about 5 years obesity began its alarming increase and ‘dieting’ was born in the USA. We don’t believe there was a conspiracy or anything crazy like that…these folks were simply doing what they felt was the right thing.
Fast forward to today. We have become convinced that natural fat (meat, butter, cheese, etc.) is the culprit and that grains and fruits should be the main staple of our diet. We have also been told that it’s okay to cheat every “x” number of days as long as you stay within your points or calories.
This is incorrect.
The ONLY way to lose weight and keep it off is to learn to eat natural foods and to avoid the sugar, high fructose corn syrup, enriched white flour, most (if not all) grains and limiting fruit consumption.
Our goal at Personal Trainer Food is not to help you lose 10lbs in 1 day. It’s to help you transition from processed foods to natural foods so that when you go off our program, you will know what to eat and what to avoid.
So while you are asking about calories, try to remember that calories, fat, carbs, etc. are pretty irrelevant when you’re eating nature’s food… meats, vegetables, eggs, cheese and nuts…the foods we ate before America was obese.