Calorie vs Carb Debate
Any person who says they’re OK with the weight they are either has a model figure or is lying – perhaps to themselves as much as to others. I don’t believe it’s because they have an incredibly high self-esteem.
Since I got married and moved into the Namib Desert in 1995, I have “successfully” mutated from a “model figure” to being borderline obese. Today I sit here with a BMI of 31. Clinically this means I am obese. How I got here is definitely worth exploring and will definitely be the focus of a future blog post.
Although I am now 44, I NOW WANT MY MODEL FIGURE BACK and am prepared to work VERY HARD for it.
Most overweight and obese people, I have found, probably know more about the diets on offer as well as the published research than any thinner people and certainly more than some nutritionists, dieticians or doctors. Hence I’m speaking to you…. Not the Model figures who have no idea what it’s like to be fat and really think that the only reason I’m fat is because I eat too much.
Now ……………….. here comes the debate. I will accept I eat too much but WHY is the question one must answer in order to stop eating too much!
I have not actually read Gary Taubes’s books. I have listened to him on Jimmy Moore’s podcasts, and watched him on Dr Oz, Larry King and Google. He has the sexiest voice and a definite “eye candy” appearance.
From what I understand (I WILL read his books) – the problem is rather a “storage” problem, not an overeating problem. Everything he says makes perfect sense, but yet, I have not seen empirical proof that the calorie in – calorie out hypothesis is no good. I will accept that some people can eat more calories than others, but there does seem to be the bottom line – fat people eat more than thin people! Now, whether they got fat because they eat more or whether they eat more because they are fat is actually at this stage of my discussion irrelevant.
Low carb advocates will say that traditional diets work because while calories are being restricted automatically carbs are being restricted. This I will accept, however, surely low carbers can accept that while carbs are being restricted, so too are calories?
If it was not Gary Taubes, it was another low carb expert quoting “just because you don’t count calories, it does not mean that calories don’t count” – I think that was actually Dr Eric Westman from A New Atkins for a new You.
The reason I have started this blog, is because I do need help. I cannot pertain to know all the answers. If I did, I would not be sitting here at my desk with a BMI stating I am obese.
I low carbed for 6 months last year. (2012) I did not follow the “rules of induction” nor did I follow any other diet revolution to the T. I followed the principle of high fat, low carb. This means that for 6 months – actually closer to 7 - no grains at ALL touched my lips. Very little fruit was eaten and I did watch my intake of yogurt and dairy. With all this being said, I did not lose a whole lot of weight. However,….. when I went back to the SAD (Standard American Diet) sad sad diet… I ballooned. I put this down to one basic reason – my calorie count increased – why - for two reasons –
1. suddenly I was not only eating full fat yogurt and cream and nuts but also bread and cereal and the pastries and doughnuts that slip in, oh, and the M&M’s……. bringing me to my second reason
2. my food addiction – a topic for another blog – came back.
On 01 February this year, I started low carbing again. Other than the one bowl of fruitsalad (when there was the choice between that, cake or me losing my sense of humour completely) and one glass of red wine, I have been really good. Do I REALLY need to count carbs in order to be successful???
Low carb is tops because
However, I am STILL obviously eating way beyond my need because I’m not losing weight!
Exercise – another debatable point. Gary Taubes says that exercise will increase your appetite. This I can confirm from my own experience. Yet, he goes to the gym. I have read in my research that “high intensity interval training” is the way to go.
Another whole debate between the advocates of the “fat burning zone” and the “high intensity advocates”.
As I have done many years in the “fat burning zone”, I have just started out at the Curves franchise which is a bit of an enigma, because they have the right machinery for the high intensity philosophy. They advocate the 30 minute workout, but yet they advocate that you stay in your “fat burning zone” of 70% of max heart rate.
I am hoping that through this blog we can not only get on the right track together, but we can also help each other, rather than just reading the book and still managing to fail. This idea comes from Jimmy Moore’s N=1 experiment. Let’s all do an N=1 experiment.
I want to commit the next 9 months to getting the body I want.
Please help me. Please leave comments, suggestions, ideas. If you want me to try something, so long as its REAL FOOD and not poison – i.e. chemicals they sell as food – I am prepared to try anything. I can weigh myself once a day or once a week – as per suggestions. The results I can post immediately and as a community, let’s show our fellow friends, that we too can have “model figures” and be healthy and happy.