(Closed) Too Many Theories!!!!

posted 10 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Some people want definition in their arms, so they weight train and some people want to lose weight, so they do cardio. It is about what works for you and what you can get out of your work out and diet.

Post # 4
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree, it’s irritating! And I really think it comes from the attitude of dropping weight fastest. Diets like Atkins got famous for that – but they’re terrible for you. In the world of crash dieting, even people who should know better fall prey to the “I want it now” mindset. Plus, there are plenty of parties who are invested in getting X research done – dairy farms, for example, put huge amounts of money into the studies that say dairy helps you lose weight. It really makes you have to dig deep to get the real answers! 

Post # 5
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I feel your pain!!

Something that’s helped me is the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. They talk about honoring our own bodies/appetites and making peace with food and fitness. They have a chapter on “gentle nutrition” that’s pretty awesome – they make the point that it’s not about this or that nutrient (protein v carbs v antioxidents), but it’s about balance over time. They also talk about the link between chronic dieting and eating disorders. Anyway, it’s really helped me filter out all the static of diet advice that’s thrown out there all the time.

Post # 6
2629 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I still stand by the “it’s different for everyone rule.”  Everyone’s bodies are so different, how can one plan be good for everyone?  Personally, my body can’t handle caffeine.  If I have even the slightest bit, my heart starts racing and I feel like I’ll have a panic attack at every moment.  My sister on the other hand…caffeine addict and does just fine.  I can eat amazingly well all week long and barely lose an ounce…my sister can eat like crap for two weeks in a row and still be stick thin…  I just think if you are sensible about what you eat, work out regularly, and listen to your body, then you’ll be fine. 

Post # 7
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree. In a lot of ways science is way too narrow and food/exercise science is an excellent example of this. I know he is a journalist and some people might not like him, but I do really like a lot of Michael Pollan’s points:

People from all over have eaten a variety of diets and led a variety of lifestyles and have been healthy (and some like us, who neglect cultural knowledge for scientific knowledge are more likely unhealthy).

Don’t eat anything your grandmother (or great grandmother) wouldn’t recognize as food.

Don’t eat nutrients, eat foods. That enriched bread or faux butter probably isn’t the answer.

Obviously science has improved our lives, but it isn’t infalliable.

As for exercise, idk. I think both cardio and weight training can be healthy.

Post # 8
1396 posts
Bumble bee

What works for me is not dieting. I do not diet. I eat what I want, when I want. I make an effort to choose healthier foods. Healthier, not ‘health’ foods. Nothing fatfree or sugar free. I consume as much organic, unprocessed food as I can. I eat grass-fed beef, butter, olive oil, eggs from pastured chickens, etc. I make mistakes and I don’t kill myself over them. Yesterday for lunch I had macaroni with hot dogs. Today I’m back to eating good food and I just carry on. I don’t take any supplements, powders, etc. I feel that if your body needs a substance you can get it by eating it. My grass fed beef is full of omega-3s, no need for a supplement here! Finally, and most importantly for weight loss, I track everything I eat at http://www.livestrong.com. Yes, I eat cheesecake and hot dogs and ice cream. But when I do, I track them. It’s a commitment but it keeps me honest about what I’m eating and reminds me that I need to have certain levels of nutrients every day. I measure all of my food and I’m finally at a place where I actually understand what a portion is! I’ve lost 13 pounds since April and I know that once I reach my goal weight, I’ll be able to maintain that weight based on the skills I’ve learned by tracking. I once lost 60 pounds avoiding carbs. It all came back in the end because I couldn’t avoid them forever and when I started eating them, my body packed them on like there was no tomorrow. I really recommend Livestrong to anyone. They have forums and message boards and there are a lot of very wise, very normal people there who have a lot to teach us about fitness, weight loss, and health goals.

Here are some things I’ve learned:

For women, 1200 calories is the bare minimum you need for your body to function. Don’t go below this.

Incorporate cardio and weight lifting into your fitness routine. Mix up your cardio with HIIT sessions as well as lower impact cardio like swimming. Mixing it up helps challenge your body.

Dieting will cause weight gain. Severely restricting calories causes your body’s metabolism to slow down. When you start eating normally again, you will pack on the pounds and will probably gain more than you lost. For healthy weight loss, shoot to lose 1lb per week.

Use a calorie calculator like Livestrong to find out exactly how many calories you need to maintain your current weight. Then use the calculator to find out how many you need to eat to lose 1lb per week. Stick to those numbers. Livestrong offers you the “net calories” which means, how many calories you’ve consumed total – the calories you burned exercising. I aim for the same “net” calories every day, whether I work out or not. This means eating more on days with exercise. This helps keep your body from slowing down your metabolism.

Sodium is evil and will make you puffy.

Drink a lot of water. A lot.

After a while your body will tell you what it needs and you’ll crazy healtheri food. I know i do!


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