Every day in GourmetFuel HQ, we get emails and calls about weight loss. Questions like: “Is a low carb diet better than a low fat diet?” “How much weight will I lose?”

The answers to these simple questions can be quite complex and are totally subjective to the individual but there’s a simple truth that we can’t escape. Energy Balance.

So, we eat less energy than we use and we’ll lose weight? Yes, in a nutshell. But how much is enough? The answer to this question is down to you and your current physicality as well as your activity levels.  See our article on energy balance to learn more.

But what ‘diet’ is best? It’s human nature to want the quick fix.  We all get wowed by sensational success stories and testimonials. Instagram and Facebook feeds are crammed full with new exercise and nutrition Apps promising that their programme will be the answer to all your prayers and give you a six pack in 6 weeks.

I listened to a podcast last week by our friend Danny Lennon on Sigma Nutrition Radio. He had Christopher Gardner on talking about the results of his 12 month long study on weight loss, in particular low fat v’s low carb diet protocols, called DIETFITS. The results were interesting insofar as that neither group performed significantly better than the other but what was discussed was the quality of the food, that mindful eating was promoted and to enjoy meals. Which really aligns with our philosophy here at GourmetFuel. We love food, we don’t think you should feel like you’re being deprived. We want you to eat the right amounts, in a healthful manner and not worry about it. Take the stress out of it and just enjoy each meal without having to worry.

Then just yesterday, I had a chat with a client who told me he had lost 16lbs in the 8 weeks he was on the meal plan we designed for him. He’s delighted with himself and is really enjoying his meals.Now there’s nothing really sensational about this. He hasn’t lost a stone in a month, he’s lost it slowly, steadily and without any big fanfare. But what he’s thrilled with (and I am too) is he’s stopped worrying about what to eat and how much, like before when he was tracking everything on apps,  and as a result feels he’s made a sensible change in his eating habits. He’s listening to his body’s own signals, in great form and has not felt deprived. For me, this is what it’s all about! Sustainable changes that will prevail. It’s not sexy, it won’t get a million Insta followers but it’s real, it’s long lasting, it’s sustainable and it’s achievable.

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Emma Buckley

Emma Buckley

Emma is the Director of Nutrition and co-founder of GourmetFuel®. She has developed an entire range of health meals and meal plans to compliment healthy living and fuel performance. Emma Buckley B.Sc RNutr, is a Registered Nutritionist with the UKVRN through the Association for Nutrition, from Dublin, Ireland. A UCD graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry a Graduate Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health and a Higher Diploma in Diet and Nutrition. In almost two decades as a nutritionist she has worked with some of Ireland’s most well known food and health brands. She is an international keynote conference speaker on nutrition and health. She has worked closely with professional and Olympic athletes and coaches covering all track, field and combat sports at the highest levels. Her understanding of how food and the body work together along with a team of gourmet chefs, helps GourmetFuel create a beautiful range of healthy, delicious meals. Emma specialises in weight management, sports nutrition and maternal/postnatal and infant nutrition.

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