Do you SWAMI, ABJoe? I know that Dr. D must take calories into account because he is calculating portions and providing them in the SWAMI report.
Yes, I have SWAMI.
Yes, I agree that Dr. D. probably uses calorie count in some manner in SWAMI to find portion sizes, etc., but I don't know the specific formula used and whether he is compensating in some manner because their should be no avoids in the diet, etc...
I am aware that Dr. D. says a healthy body will find its ideal weight, so as long as what I put in is beneficial or neutral (at worst), then the body will tell me how much it needs - and I find that pretty accurate.
Quoted from Adam
Can you elaborate on the bolded part?
There is more to it than what the body needs. What about the emotions, the mind, the psyche? Perhaps, one might be unduly stressed in the mind and want to use food as a crutch and go out and cheat like crazy. If my mind/psyche/emotional health needs comfort food, is it ok for me to eat off diet simply to appease my mind?
But, to get to your point, how do I really know what my body needs?
First, In the unbolded portion of the quoted statement, it is stated that as long as what I put in is beneficial or neutral (at worst), so avoids are not in any way part of this statement - and should be avoided at all cost - especially when "craving driven".
Second, targeting portion sizes/frequencies is great. I guess if calorie counting works for you, great. For me, when I am eating mostly beneficial with neutral fill-in foods, my body tells me, by way of changing taste, etc. when it has had enough. I can make the most delicious meal and get close to the end and suddenly the flavor/mouth feel/whatever changes and suddenly, I know that I've had enough even if there is still some left on my plate. My body even essentially tells me what food type (or even what specific vegetable or protein) it needs for a meal... Maybe I'm more sensitive than most people, or crazy or whatever - but it works for me.
I don't know how else the body can find its ideal weight, unless it promotes healthy "demand" and "full" responses for us to follow...