CUT­TING THROUGH THE DIET NON-SCI­ENCE MAK­ING SENSE OF THE DI­ETARY DILEMMA

Australian Natural Bodz - - Cutting Through The Diet Non-Science - by STEVE JONES

The year is 2012017 and the de­bate con­tin­ues on which diet is bet­ter for los­in­glosi weight. We have the “Calo­rie is a Calo­rie” side, “The IIFYM Fol­low­ers”, and the “Low Carb, High Pro­tein” group­group. All try­ing to con­vince every­one within their reach that their way is the only way. It’s ac­tu­ally got quite en­ter­tain­ing to watch them go at it on so­cial me­dia posts, bat­tling to the bit­ter end to prove their the­ory is the only one that works. Al­though some­times I am not sure if they are just try­ing to get more peo­ple to agree with what they are say­ing so they can feel bet­ter about all the mis­takes they are mak­ing them­selves! Yes, it is self jus­ti­fi­ca­tion in its finest form, and as hu­mans we are all guilty of this trait! So who’s right? What is the best diet to not only lose weight but also build or at least main­tain lean mus­cle and en­hance longevity. Let’s be hon­est, it’s not purely about los­ing weight, it is a lot more than that…Well it should be if you re­ally care about your health and fit­ness. I guess I need to start with a lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion about my his­tory with diet and nu­tri­tion, health and fit­ness. My jour­ney be­gan at the young age of 13 back in New Zealand where my Dad in­tro­duced me to my first bar­bell. Like many other young guys I was bit­ten by the iron bug, ad­dicted to the pump and build­ing a stronger more mus­cu­lar body. I was lucky my Dad had trained with some of the best Nat­u­ral Body­builders in the busi­ness back in the 1950s. Yes, this was the true Old School. Like any teenager I went through all the mus­cle magazines, com­bin­ing this with knowl­edge I picked up from my Dad. I con­structed what I con­sid­ered to be a pretty good body­build­ing type of diet. Well it seemed like it was back then. But I later learned from a lot of trial and er­ror that there are some di­etary fun­da­men­tals that have to be fol­lowed in or­der to achieve suc­cess. I ac­tu­ally stepped on­stage in my first ever Body­build­ing event at age 13, I didn’t win nor did I win my first three or four shows. But I did learn some­thing new from each ex­pe­ri­ence, and I ad­justed my diet along the way and elim­i­nated foods that I felt were pre­vent­ing me from get­ting that ripped look. I know what you are think­ing, but what has an ex­treme body­build­ing diet have to do with gen­eral weight loss? Ev­ery­thing! Now, I am not go­ing to give you my en­tire life story I will leave that for the up and com­ing book I am work­ing on. Just imag­ine we have jumped into a time ma­chine and I am now here present day year 2017 shar­ing with you over 30 years of trial and er­ror, ac­crued knowl­edge not only from my own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences but hav­ing owned 3 gym­na­si­ums across Aus­trala­sia and hav­ing train­ing a huge num­ber of gym mem­bers that I had come through omy fa­cil­i­ties. Over those 30 years I have com­peted and won a host of Body­build­ing events, ap­peared on and in numer­ous in­ter­na­tional magazines, writ­ten ar­ti­cles for ma­jor health and fit­ness magazines, and on top of all this writ­ten count­less ar­ti­cles and done hun­dreds of hours of re­search for this very mag­a­zine. So, I feel I am rea­son­ably qual­i­fied to talk on the topic of diet/nu­tri­tion. I want to start by tak­ing a closer look at the var­i­ous

di­etary the­o­ries oor trends what­ever you want to call them that are cur­cur­rent­lyrrently tak­ing up a good chunk or in­ter­net band­widt­band­width. Now, I am not go­ing to pull any punches here­here, I mmay come across as a lit­tle blunt or to the point but I am sure you want the facts right? a Calo­rie is a Calo­rie To be quite hon­est I find this the­ory to­tally in­sult­ing to the amaz­ing hu­man ma­chine. We are not made of num­bers, we are made from nu­tri­ents. Count­ing calo­ries, count­ing how much we burn. Now, this would all be fine and dandy if the hu­man body was a sim­ple fur­nace, but it’s not! I liken the hu­man body to a very com­plex chem­i­cal pro­cess­ing plant, one that takes “Nu­tri­ents” not num­bers and con­verts these nu­tri­ents into en­ergy, new mus­cle, skin, hair, brain, blood cells and so on. I know it’s great to have some kind of ref­er­ence point with al­lo­cated num­bers to make peo­ple feel like they are ac­count­able and on track but its nutri­tional non­sense. Or I like to call in non sci­ence be­cause some text book he­roes keep pulling poorly con­ducted clin­i­cal stud­ies on diet and post­ing them on so­cial me­dia and blurt­ing out “I told you so, you are all do­ing it wrong”. The truth is most of the stud­ies are so con­fus­ing and so poorly con­ducted on tiny num­bers of the pop­u­la­tion. None of the study par­tic­i­pants are in the same genre as gym en­thu­si­asts; usu­ally they are some­what seden­tary peo­ple with of­fice jobs. One of the lat­est non-sci­ence re­ports ( Posted on So­cial Me­dia) was a study that stated weight loss is purely about calo­ries, and re­duc­ing carbs does not have any ef­fect. It’s about over­all calo­ries from pro­tein, carbs and fats. Se­ri­ously, posts like this are bet­ter than watch­ing the com­edy chan­nel, and most of all its free to air. Once again it ap­pears to be a com­mon thread on so­cial me­dia for peo­ple that have guru-ish ten­den­cies’ to try and get every­one on their side, or agree with what they are pitch­ing. Why, be­cause it makes them feel bet­ter about the mis­takes that they are mak­ing. There is com­fort and re­as­sur­ance if you can get a bunch of sheep to agree with you. Enough so­cial me­dia talk let’s get to the nitty gritty. Not all calo­ries are equal, of course they are not. This is why we have es­sen­tial amino acids and es­sen­tial fatty acids, be­cause our body can’t pro­duce them. Have you ever heard of an es­sen­tial carby acid? I think not, be­cause it does not ex­ist. This is the take home mes­sage if you are re­ally se­ri­ous about get­ting into great shape, liv­ing a longer and health­ier life your only con­cern should be to mon­i­tor nu­tri­ent in­take. Be­cause nu­tri­ents are the foun­da­tion of every cell in your body. Fo­cus on what your

body re­ally needs what is “Es­sen­tial”. Namely amino acids andd es­sen­tial fatty acids. Your body can’t make these on its own. Then pay close at­ten­tion to your carb in­take, when you in­gest the carbs and the quanity. Be­cause over eat­ing carbs will turn off your abil­ity to burn fat and also add co­pi­ous amounts of adi­pose (Fat) tis­sue to your body.

IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros)

I love this one. Makes me laugh louder than the “Calo­rie is a Calo­rie” non-sci­ence. I re­ally want to know who in­vented this lame term be­cause it has prob­a­bly been one of the big­gest screw ups of the di­etary world since the up­side down food pyra­mid that the WHO rec­om­mended in the 80’s and 90’s. In fact the the­ory is not a lot dif­fer­ent than the pre­vi­ous Calo­rie is a Calo­rie one be­cause it is based on num­bers to a de­gree and just meet­ing your daily re­quire­ment of pro­tein, carbs and fats but it does not pay a lot of at­ten­tion to where these calo­ries/macros come from! Now, that’s a prob­lem. In life there is good and bad, black and white, night and day. Food is the same. It does not take a sci­en­tist to fig­ure out that some foods are highly nu­tri­tious while oth­ers are to­tally de­void of nu­tri­ents but loaded with crap you could say. Or empty calo­ries are lit­er­ally nu­tri­tion­ally baron. I do be­lieve the founders of the IIFYM deal were try­ing to make a point of dif­fer­ence. But all it has achieved is given a lot of lazy peo­ple an ex­cuse to eat pizza in­stead of chicken and vegeta­bles! This is an ex­cerpt from one IIFYM web pages. • For­get about eat­ing dry chicken and steamed broc­coli every two hours. • For­get about not eat­ing carbs at night or go­ing to bed hun­gry. • For­get about say­ing “no” to foods you re­ally want to eat. Can you see the red flags with this style of eat­ing? If not you se­ri­ously need help and I don’t think I can help you. To get re­sults, whether in the gym or from nu­tri­tion/diet you are go­ing to have to make a few sac­ri­fices and com­pro­mises. I am sure if some­one came up with a plan where they could get paid but not go to work a ton of peo­ple would jump on­board, but that is just not go­ing to hap­pen. So what’s the dif­fer­ence with IIFYM? There is a dis­tinct trend these days, a gen­er­a­tion that wants ev­ery­thing but does not re­ally want to change, or do it tough. Wake up, the law of re­turns re­mains the same. If you don’t work hard with a sound plan you will not get any real re­sults. Don’t be mis­taken or mis­lead by those that pitch this IIFYM deal and show some­one that is al­ready ge­net­i­cally pre­dis­posed to be­ing lean. As this per­son, who is prob­a­bly 2% of the pop­u­la­tion could get lean on Burg­ers and Fries ev­ery­day! If you put the av­er­age joe or jane on this IIFYM the re­sults would be zero to noth­ing as far as los­ing weight and im­prov­ing over­all health.

Low Carb / High Pro­tein

Yippe, hi, yeh…. From one ex­treme to an­other, the low carb diet came in with the Atkins Diet. With the the­ory that eat­ing very lit­tle carbs, and a bit more fat, higher pro­tein would help drop body fat a faster rate. It did just this for many, but it’s not sus­tain­able for any length of time. Why, be­cause we are hu­mans and we like to eat our carbs. I am keep­ing it real here, be­cause I my­self en­joy the odd carb or two, or three. Now, for body­builders or com­pet­i­tive fit­ness ath­lete’s low carb is prob­a­bly the most com­mon ap­proach used. The rea­son why it works fast, the main rea­son be­ing is much of the ini­tial loss is wa­ter weight. Every gram of carb you eat holds four times it

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