Those selling weight loss believe the “eat less, move more” model. They falsely believe all calories are equal and stored in one single compartment.
Those that believe in this model think if you’re using more calories than you’re consuming you must be burning body fat and will lose weight.
The truth is there is more than a single compartment of calories. There are actually multiple compartments consisting of fat and glycogen. According to Jason Fung, MD, The Complete Guide to Fasting,
“To burn fat, two things must happen: you must burn through most of your stored glycogen, AND [emphasis added] insulin levels must drop low enough to release fat stores.”
Doing both of these two things isn’t easy. When stored glycogen gets low of glucose your
What I’d been told about carbohydrates from all the endurance sports coaches and nutrition experts turned out to really suck and now with this information I realize that it helped me underperform for the past umpteen years.
Well perhaps it may have worked in the past. I started racing the Ironman triathlon at age 50. From then to age 58 I maintained a decent race weight. Then in 2015 things changed rapidly for me. I gained weight even though I was doing everything the same. While training fulltime for the Hawaii Ironman World Championship I put in weeks of 20+ hours of training and I could not release 8-10 lbs around my mid section. I was also starting to have more inflammation and my performance decreased as well.
After some soul searching and asking the right questions, I switched to a high-fat low-carb diet and my health and endurance performance as an Ironman triathlete is returning.
Below is an article that says it better than I ever could. I’ll share my take at the end.
While it sounds too good to be true, research continues to suggest coffee and chocolate can be useful weight-management tools. Yes, you read that right!
Two of your (and arguably everyone’s) most craved and beloved foods might actually be able to help you lose a few pounds—if you work them into your diet the right way.
Both of these foods have been given a bad rap in the past. But accumulating evidence finds that regularly enjoying these two foods, while not directly causing weight loss, are indeed associated with a lower body weight.
Chocolate as a Weight-Management Tool
Not all chocolate products will do. The most widely available versions aren’t really chocolate at all but are little more than chocolate-flavored candies—low-quality, calorie-dense, sugar-laden treats that are often combined with an array of artificial ingredients
Losing weight is an admirable goal, but not if proper nutrition is lost in the process. Most popular diets do not provide adequate intake of vitamins and minerals. These could put dieters at higher risk of nutrient deficiencies, a new study reports.
Christopher Gardner and his colleagues from Stanford Prevention Research Center and the Department of Medicine, Stanford University Medical School evaluated micronutrient quality of four diets—Atkins, Zone, LEARN (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitudes, Relationships), and Ornish—and found each failed to provide adequate amounts of certain vitamins and minerals.
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