I’ve called out some of the most prolific purveyors of nonsense, spam, scams and unhealthy weight loss methods here already, so to balance that out it’s time to give credit to some of the people you SHOULD be listening to instead. Aside from my good self, of course!
As I’ve talked about a lot… the diet and weight loss industry is mostly about selling a product. So, when people look for information on how to lose weight, usually what they’re reading or hearing is information put out by marketing people. Maybe there’s a celebrity endorsement, maybe they have an army of spammers (oops I mean “affiliates”) spreading their message over the internet, and so on. My point being, the most prolific sources of information aren’t the most credible, qualified or unbiased.
In other words, the people actually talking sense and telling the truth about diet, weight loss and nutrition probably aren’t the ones the average weight loss candidate has heard of or is likely to stumble on to.
If you want the real talk on nutrition… well, you can read all my stuff right here to start with. My approach in explain and actioning all this stuff is to really simplify it into terms of “is it enough, not enound, or too much? Forget everything else” and then I try to explain it in logical terms that are hard to argue with. Laymen’s terms, right? I’m more about making sense, than being scientific.
But that’s not to say that there’s no science behind this stuff. If you want the science, sense and an unbiased source you need to look beyond “weight loss” and find the people who REALLY know and understand this stuff; and those people are the body building nutrition specialists.
Now… a lot of weight loss clients are going to read the words “body building”, take one look at the amazing physiques these guys have, and think “well, that’s not what I’m looking for. I just want to lose weight and fit into a smaller dress size”, right? Well that’s exactly my point. These guys have goals, and have already achieved physical results for themselves and their clients so far beyond our own goals, and their message is that you can do all of this with a reasonable, moderate approach to nutrition, rather than a strict, restrictive, “all or nothing” approach. If that is true for them, how much more so for us with our comparatively modest goals?
So without further ado… these are the names you should familiarise yourselves with, and a recommended article from each.
In 1997, a general physician named Steven Bratman coined the term orthorexia nervosa , which he defines as, “an unhealthy obsession with eating healthy food.” It reminds me of the counterproductive dietary perfectionism I’ve seen among many athletes, trainers, and coaches. One of the fundamental pitfalls of dichotomizing foods as good or bad, or clean or dirty, is that it can form a destructive relationship with food. This isn’t just an empty claim; it’s been seen in research. Smith and colleagues found that flexible dieting was associated with the absence of overeating, lower bodyweight, and the absence of depression and anxiety . They also found that a strict all-or-nothing approach to dieting was associated with overeating and increased bodyweight. Similarly, Stewart and colleagues found that rigid dieting was associated with symptoms of an eating disorder, mood disturbances, and anxiety . Flexible dieting was not highly correlated with these qualities.
It is pertinent to state that one should eat healthy foods when on a weight loss diet. Fruits, vegetables, low fat meats, and the like are good sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber (in the case of fruits and vegetables) and these can certainly impact one’s health. However, one can not simply eat as many “good” foods as they like with reckless abandon and expect not to gain weight. It is certainly easier to achieve a caloric surplus eating twinkies all day than it is to achieve that same surplus though fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, however if the person eating only twinkies makes a conscious effort to limit their twinkie intake to a caloric level that is less than the amount of calories they expend per day, they will lose fat whereas a person who eats an unlimited amount of “good” foods will still gain weight if they consume more calories than they expend. Don’t get me wrong, eating only twinkies is not a good strategy for losing fat, but it is an extreme example to support my points.
One more for good measure, a particularly great article you should read:
Since a lot of my traffic comes from Tumblr I’m going to go ahead and recommend a couple of great blogs on there as well and a particular post from each.
- Scientifically Shredded – Reasons To Reverse Diet
- Barbells And Beakers – Spot Reduction / Butts & Gutts Classes
If all this is too scientific for your needs… well hopefully my site is a nice midpoint for you. The stuff that works, with a moderate approach, in simple terms.