We’ve all heard that weight loss is a balancing act between how much energy you consume and how much you expend. In spite of this, the popular notion remains that if you eat any kind of junk food you are cruising towards massive, imminent weight gain. Documentaries like Supersize Me back in the 2000s finally made us more aware of the pitfalls of the fast food lifestyle. Arguably, they also gave weight to the the other extreme of optimal eating diets such as Paleo and the revival of absurdities like Atkins and the Cabbage Soup Diet.
Eating junk and still acheiving weight loss
It’s refreshing, then, when clever people go do something like the Twinkie Diet and give us all a much needed a reality check. The man behind this “convenience store diet” proves the validity of the energy used vs energy consumed theory. Mark Haub lost 27 lbs in two months (a more than respectable amount) by consuming sugary cakes, sugary cereals, Doritos and the like. Not only that but improvements were seen in a number of other health markers. For instance, his ratio of HDL “good” to LDL “bad” cholesterol increased. This probably is the result of his weight loss as opposed to the properties of the food he was consuming. Nonetheless, you see my point.
It’s not the first time this sort of experiment has been done either. You can find many other stories like this on the internet. Take the story of John Cisna, for instance, who lost 61 lbs in six months eating McDonald’s. Look to Jeff Wilser for inspiration: He lost 11 lbs in 30 days eating like a naughty schoolboy.
Now for the reality check on the reality check. Firstly, these people moderated their intake of these foods. This means they stuck to measured portions of each piece of junk and never exceeded them. Secondly, on such a low protein diet and without adequte exercise, a reduction in weight due to muscle loss becomes likely. Thirdly, junk food is severely lacking in micronutrients vital to healthy body function. But for substituting a portion of fries for some stir fried greens once per meal, they might have reported feeling and looking a whole lot better too. And with tiny adjustments like that, Hey Presto! you have the makings of a personalised diet plan.
I do love a good paradox, along the lines of the stories above. You know what I mean, those stories which force you to rethink what you thought you knew for sure? Like any good work of science, they highlight the need for changing our perceptions. In a word, to adapt. We’re lucky to be creatures of this earth for we have the ability to adapt. You’re lucky to be able to read this article and apply this knowledge in a clever way. So go get what you want from your life.
What will it really take for you to change?
Today, think about how you would like your body to adapt to grow more muscle or lose fat or stay the same weight. Next, consider the energy in vs energy out of what you’re eating and decide if you need to make a change. Now, apply yourself. For an estimate of your daily caloric requirement, use an online calculator like this one.
In another episode, I’ll recount what the Inuits and French have to say about our modern lifestyles and heart disease.
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