This is a topic that clogs up every comment section about weight loss, calories, tracking, IIFYM, flexible dieting, "clean" foods, calorie deficits, energy balance, insulin resistance, metabolisms, and just about anything else nutrition related. Everyone has an opinion.
Sadly, Science doesn't care much for opinions. This is a look at the current body of scientific evidence on the topic of insulin, carbohydrates and body weight.
I was upfront with Jacob from the start about why we didn’t usually offer “transformation” packages. The nature of time pressured personal training transformations lend themselves to rapid unsustainable weight loss and no real understanding of what happened, why it worked or where to go once the 12 weeks are up. It’s kind of like an expensive version of a 12 week juice diet
Missing birthday parties and meals out with friends because it’s not Paleo is not fun or healthy. Nor is struggling with obesity. As is often the case, the solution lies somewhere in the middle, our job is to find where this is for our client.
A common explanation as to why we gain or lose weight involves phrases such as: 'energy in vs. energy out', 'move more eat less' or 'calories consumed vs. calories burnt.' But what are we really talking about, and how much of this is under our control?
The language of our society likes to separate conscious eating from unconscious eating. There is this strange notion that if you are thinking about your food choice; you are doing something out of the ordinary, called dieting.
I tend to write a lot about the science of weight loss and debunking myths and false claims. However, this piece is merely my findings from working with clients, and the types of weight loss strategies that I see working on a daily basis.
A lot of emphasis is placed on ‘feeling the burn’, ‘getting your sweat on’ and ‘smashing a workout’ in the quest to lose body fat. There is even a lot written about the best kind of specific exercises to ‘burn body fat’. But how important is all of this to health and weight loss?
At best out dated, and at worst deliberately misleading, there is plenty of misinformation within the fitness industry. To stand apart from this, many trainers and ‘internet gurus’ are now firmly in the camp of ‘evidence based’ or ‘scientifically based’ information, making their claims solely on the basis of peer-reviewed studies, RCT’s and meta-analysis, published in academic journals.
How then, even within the ‘scientific community’ are there still such polarising views when it comes to health, fitness and weight loss?