Fat Loss Controversy

Yesterday one of our ME coaches posted a nourishment meme on our Facebook page that sparked a bit of controversy and became a conversation stage on a lot of health and nutrition site pages. The meme was loved by people . It was totally hated by others for the exact same reason.

I loved it, only because it allows us to chat about what we enjoy, which is fitness, health, and weight loss. Anytime we all can have a conversation that moves understanding about nutrition I believe it is a great thing. These types of postings that are oversimplified and contentious, that admittedly it was, may be great teaching tools.

After perusing opinions along with many Facebook webpages about the article let me give you a Small taste for what had been said:

  • A Facebook user said, “This keeps it simple. I should put it on my refrigerator.”
  • The other Facebooker said, “If I didn’t know better I might be stupid enough to believe this and follow it. I am trying to lose fat therefore I would have to consume veggies and protein. Seriously wtf”
  • And another concerned citizen said, “What a dumb thing to install. Defriending. This is untrue information. Cutting 1/3 of macronutrient is stupid and moronic.”
  • A responder had this comment. “Simple math? Then why am I so confused?”
  • Fit MaMa WannaBe page said, “What would you think about this?” They seemed to know this was a great chance for discussion.

Clearly, there was lots of discussion that followed on that article that you may find HERE. Rather than go over that again, I believe it is a good chance to discuss this post is really contentious in the first place. As it speaks to this argument of nourishment, it is controversial. Something that’s been raging in the market for sometime.

The way I see it is that there are two distinct camps set-up in nourishment. There is the “all that matters is quantity camp”. These are those that say the matters is really calories. And then there are the “just eat real food folks”. These are individuals who feel that quality food is important.

I have been in my livelihood in both camps. Inside my days I’d scoff at anybody nonsense about food grade. It was a math problem, calories in and calories out. After all, I was 6% body fat and was able to eat burgers, pizza, pasta, and pastries. Of course I was in my twenties and then invested my months squatting 600+ lbs (in other words I’d had the metabolism of a racehorse and was trying to develop muscles). Ego and ignorance was a terrible mix.

Following medical school I invested some time solely in the superior camp (I still lean this way since I work today with the sick in addition to the super fit). And this also worked great for me. I was among those first converts to the paleo diet and attained equal leaness on this strategy consuming everything in sight and not counting on a thing. But I then realized there were lots of folks eating lots of “healthy foods” and not able to eliminate any fat (head scrape). Eating “healthy foods” did not seem to translate into fat loss for a lot of people.

It’s interesting, isn’t it? I have observed the eaters on the planet. Paleo vegans who can’t shed a pound and dieters. I have also seen people in enormous caloric losses not shed weight, or seem to drop muscle and no fat.

Which brings me into the camp I am in now. Following my younger years bodybuilding, 20 years after a private trainer, medical school, tens of thousands of patient contacts (with men and women of all ages and degrees of wellness), lectures across the Nation on weight loss for several health and medical organizations, I Have Arrived at a couple key decisions:

  • Quantity matters AND caliber things.
  • Calories thing AND hormones issue.
  • Differences in metabolic expression, psychology, and private lifestyle preferences thing. Maybe more than anything else.
  • Individuals who take teams in nourishment and behave like there is but 1 fact, have problems with what I believe is the worst mix of human traits (ignorance and arrogance).
  • Learning requires some time and is still a stepwise and ongoing process. Teaching often entails forcing people out of the comfort zone to question the status quo. And, yes (GASP!)) , may involve oversimplification and over-complication.
  • Nobody has all of the answers. The fact is in the regions.

Personally, I no longer rely myself in any camp. I recommend for no special diet except the one which works for that individual. And I am committed as a health practitioner to do every thing I can to help folks find what that is. The group here at Effect has that as its focus. There is simply 1 nourishment rule we all believe in and that is “do what works for you.”

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So what did we imply from our meme? The meme obtained from our group member, Jill Coleman, is a means to get folks thinking. Paleo Magazine believed so too, since they published the meme in a 2012 edition. We like it as it takes quite a bit of savvy and understanding to “make it” and it is a excellent method to illuminate prejudice in nourishment. Individuals biased towards quantity and calorie counting will instantly feel quite defensive and despise this meme (an opportunity for them to test themselves). Those biased towards grade may also lash out in this because they’ll say, it is removing food groups and thus nourishment. And those who have evolved a bit past this will see it as an effort to illustrate the following:

  • Food is not just calories, but additionally, it conveys information to your system through its impact on hormones.
  • This will be looked at from the perspective of the viewer. If you’re a educated young bodybuilding type you will realize that it is foolish and oversimplified. If you’re an obese or obese sedentary person seeking answers, you will find it interesting.
  • It’s never to be taken literally and is clearly oversimplified. Unless you’re an extremist, you’re not likely to consume only food from such categories.
  • It provides a great exercise in knowing why, if eating say 80-90 percent of your food in these forms, you might be more inclined to delight in the outcome clarified (i.e the way these food mixtures may impact total calorie consumption and hormonal results.)
  • And needless to say, the actual truth is all these mixtures, and others, can lead to fat gain or fat loss based on the individual and whether their preferred diet balances appetite, vitality, and cravings leading to a plan they can sustain, dwell with, and get results from. It is not 1 size fits all, and because of our human demand for certainty, so we overlook that.

If you want to continue this particular discussion, you can find me on ME’s Facebook Page. I look forward to linking with you there. –Jade.


David Hernandez