What is nutrition anyway?

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WHAT IS NUTRITION ANYWAY?

According Oxford Languages, nutrition is the process of providing or obtaining food necessary for health and growth.

 So, what qualifies as “food” then?

 Unfortunately, big food companies these days commit billions of dollars to research and development (yes, you read it correctly), so they can turn raw ingredients (ie. Wheat, corn, soy, dairy, etc.) into highly palatable and appealing food like processed goods that are cheap and have a very long shelf life, but have little to no nutritional value as defined above.

ISN’T JUST A MATTER OF LOWERING OUR CALORIC INTAKE?

 

 You could think that, since mainstream advice still preaches caloric deficit as the corner stone of weight loss.

 However, this information is not only intended for weight loss, but for performance and overall health.

 Furthermore, recent independent research shows that in the long run it is much more effective to focus on the underlying causes of the weight gain and other common issues (lower energy, poor sleep, low libido, metabolic syndrome, etc.).

 There is more and more research that suggests that hormonal and microbiome imbalances are much more a culprit of mal nutrition and its consequences (obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, etc.) than high calorie diets alone.

TOTAL DAILY ENERGY EXPENITURE (TDEE)

It is widely assumed that structured exercise causes an additive increase in physical activity energy expenditure (PAEE) and total daily energy expenditure (TDEE). However, the common observation that exercise often leads to a less than expected decrease in body weight, without changes in energy intake, suggests that some compensatory behavioral adaptations occur. (Source: NCBI)

 

 Now that you have a better idea of how your body uses energy, you can make better decisions on what to prioritize in order to optimize your performance or simply your body composition.

 In other words, it doesn’t make much sense to eat fast foods that contribute large amounts of calories, very little nutrients and additionally don’t even contribute to the Thermic Effect of Food, since they are highly processed and engineered to provide a lot of pleasure while taking very little energy to digest and metabolize.

 At the same token, trying to “burn off” the energy surplus (extra calories) by running endlessly on treadmill is not a good approach, since you saw exercise will help “burn” less than 10% of total calories consumed, plus most people are looking to burn fat (ideally for fuel), not just calories.

 Lastly, you definitely want to optimize ALL the different variables that expend energy together, instead of favoring some over others, or even worse, reducing your caloric intake and potentially affecting your metabolism in the long run.

HOW DO I BENEFIT FROM THIS INFORMATION THEN?

 

 Now that you have a better idea of how your body uses energy, you can make better decisions on what to prioritize in order to optimize your performance or simply your body composition.

 In other words, it doesn’t make much sense to eat fast foods that contribute large amounts of calories, very little nutrients and additionally don’t even contribute to the Thermic Effect of Food, since they are highly processed and engineered to provide a lot of pleasure while taking very little energy to digest and metabolize.

 At the same token, trying to “burn off” the energy surplus (extra calories) by running endlessly on treadmill is not a good approach, since you saw exercise will help “burn” less than 10% of total calories consumed, plus most people are looking to burn fat (ideally for fuel), not just calories.

 Lastly, you definitely want to optimize ALL the different variables that expend energy together, instead of favoring some over others, or even worse, reducing your caloric intake and potentially affecting your metabolism in the long run.

 



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