In this four part series we are going to investigate the four biggest mistakes that people make when trying to lose weight.
In this newsletter series you are going to learn
If you don’t follow the steps outlined in this newsletter series you are likely to
Mistake number 1 – they starve themselves
We’ve all been told that the reason we are overweight is basically an energy expenditure/energy imbalance issue i.e we eat too much and exercise too little. Now whilst i understand that this makes perfect sense unfortunately it’s not that simple. Let’s take a look at the science.
One of the single largest such trial ever done on eating less came out of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, which is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is one of the most influential academic obesity-research institute in the world. Together they enrolled more than eight hundred overweight and obese subjects and then randomly assigned them to eat one of four diets. These diets were marginally different in nutrient composition (proportions of protein, fat, and carbohydrates), but all were substantially the same in that the subjects were supposed to under eat by 750 calories a day, a significant amount. The subjects were also given “intensive behavioral counseling” to keep them on their diets, the kind of professional assistance that few of us ever get when we try to lose weight. They were even given meal plans every two weeks to help them with the difficult chore of cooking tasty meals that were also sufficiently low in calories.
The subjects began the study, on average, fifty pounds overweight. They lost, on average, only nine pounds. most of the nine pounds came off in the first six months, and most of the participants were gaining weight back after a year.
Let’s take a look at another review – this time from the prestigious Tufts University – the tufts review was an analysis of all the relevant diet trials since the 1980’s, here is what they had to day “Prescribing low-calorie diets for obese and overweight patients, leads, at best, to “modest weight losses” that are “transient”—that is, temporary. Typically, nine or ten pounds are lost in the first six months. After a year, much of what was lost has been regained.
What the research shows us is that when we eat less our bodies compensate by expending less energy. We do this moving less, slowing down our metabolism and even dropping body temperature.
Gary Taubes – Best selling author put’s it this way. “Over the years, this calories-in/calories-out paradigm of excess fat has proved to be remarkably resistant to any evidence to the contrary. Imagine a murder trial in which one credible witness after another takes the stand and testifies that the suspect was elsewhere at the time of the killing and so had an airtight alibi, and yet the jurors keep insisting that the defendant is guilty, because that’s what they believed when the trial began.
So if it’s not about calories in V’s calories out what is the answer? Well, rather than define obesity as a disorder of energy balance or eating too much, cutting edge medical researchers started from the idea that obesity is fundamentally a disorder of excess fat accumulation.
Whilst that might sound obvious to many of you it leads us to asking a completely different questions – what regulates fat accumulation? And that is exactly what we are going to cover in part 2 of this newsletter series.
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