05/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Eat to Get Thin

Yes, that's right. Eat to get thin.

I can already hear you: "Stefan, are you going completely insane right now? Why are you telling us to eat to lose weight? Shouldn't we be cutting back?"

It's true. Scarlett Johanson agrees in her blog entry "The Skinny". Through my years of experience as an exercise and nutrition coach, I have seen many clients eat less to get little. It's a strategy that will only backfire on you.

The problem is, when you do this, your body goes into starvation mode. The next time around, when you provide your body excess nutrition again (even a little), your system will store it as fat, in anticipation for a future hard time.

Wait, hold on -- that doesn't mean you start to eat whatever is within your sight or reach. Ever hear about the "seefood" diet? You eat what you see? This is not the case either.

What you want to do is eat the right amount for your body type, needs, and goals. And this can be determined through your Basal Metabolic Rate.

But that daily calorie allotment is just the half of the equation. What type and kind of foods are important as well. A calorie is not just a calorie.

Think about it: One calorie from a French fry is not the same as one calorie from an avocado. There is science behind beneficial foods that do you and your body good.

The next time you eat, stop yourself and ask: "Is this the right type of food to get thin? Lose weight? Give me energy for the next couple of hours?"

Think to grow thin.



Stefan Aschan is a leading expert on lifestyle, health and fitness who has helped more than 30,000 people get fit through advice on nutrition, fitness and lifestyle changes. For your free "How to live 100 years in perfect health" report and the must read "updates and solution" newsletter on how to have 10 times more success, stay on top of your goals, and accomplish the change of body and appearance, visit by clicking here.