A clip from the recent press release which simply summarizes the problem of fat burning vs calorie. I thought he summarized it beautifully. I’m looking forward to interviewing him for the Love and Lipstick radio show this week. Stay with it and have a listen to the MP3 with more about hormones and fat burning.

[B]It has been the common belief that weight gain or obesity is caused by consuming more calories (units of energy in foods) than are burned. But such a theory doesn’t explain the thin person who eats like a horse and yet doesn’t gain an ounce, or the overweight person who simply looks at food across a table and gains five pounds. It makes sense, then, that through his research, Dr. Berg discovered that counting calories is definitely not the issue: it’s the fat-burning hormones that matter.

The real problem lies in metabolism (the conversion of food into energy in the body) and the hormones that control it. When a person cuts calories, they can initially lose weight. But then it rebounds and the weight comes back, especially in the stomach area, because “low calories” or “hunger” is a trigger for a certain fat-storing hormone.

Hormones look at calories differently, depending on their sources. Even though fats have high calories, they have no effect on the manufacture of fat in the body. Sugar and carbohydrates, on the other hand, are huge triggers to fat-making hormones despite containing fewer calories than fats. And although protein has calories, consuming the right amount of protein will trigger fat-burning hormones, the right amount being based on body type. [/B]

Hormones made the biggest impact with regards to my weight control. Protein, exercise, balancing your hormones (and anyone over 30 needs to look at changes), along with the understanding that sugar is your enemy is what causes weight loss.