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.
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.
There is a difference between a method for weight loss and the mechanism of weight loss.
Fitness magazines, websites and the wider media place sugar consumption as one of the primary causes of weight gain, but what does the research tell us?
IF YOU CONSUME LESS CALORIES THAN YOU EXPEND CONSISTENTLY FOR A NUMBER OF WEEKS YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT, REGARDLESS OF WHERE THESE CALORIES ARE COMING FROM OR HOW THEY ARE EXPENDED.
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?
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?
When it comes to weight loss, common advice is to swap out unhealthy snacks like chocolate and crisps for healthier alternatives like nuts and seeds. However, despite their health benefits, are nuts helping or hindering your 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?