“Of all the dangerous ideas that health officials could have embraced while trying to understand why we get fat, they would have been hard-pressed to find one ultimately more damaging than calories-in/calories-out. That it reinforces what appears to be so obvious – obesity as the penalty for gluttony and sloth – is what makes it so alluring. But it’s misleading and misconceived on so many levels that it’s hard to imagine how it survived unscathed and virtually unchallenged for the last fifty years. ”
― Gary Taubes, Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
We have innumerable clients who have had tremendous success by training with us and paying attention to their food quality. For most of us, appropriate exercise and eating clean are the first steps to achieving the health, fitness and aesthetics we desire. But those who have been with us for a while and may be hitting a plateau or want to reach a little further with their goals may need to start looking at food proportions.
Fueling your workouts is imperative for performance. But fueling your metabolism is also critical for fat loss and recovery. Too often, we hear clients still desperately clinging to the idea that reducing calories is the way to reduce body fat. Calorie reduction may work to an extent. BUT if you really want to dial in your fat loss, performance and overall health, IF you’re already eating high quality foods (i.e. meat & vegetables, good quality fats, some fruit, little starch and no sugar) AND have repaired any long-term damage you might have done through poor diet choices, you need to focus on macronutrient proportions.
Trying to create a calorie deficit by eating too little or working out too much is useless at best and counterproductive at worst.
This post was going to be a lot longer and more involved, but then (of all sites) T-Nationpretty much said everything I wanted to say. I don’t like their quasi-sexist tone (a lot of the ideas they talk about apply, just as equally, to men) but, other than that, they hit the nail on the head.
“Unless they’re dangerously overweight, most women would do better by trading the smallness and fat-loss game for muscle growth and permanent leanness. Continually chasing fat loss in unproductive ways will eat away at their muscle more than women know.”
Check out the full post here.
And if you need help figuring out what is your next step, talk to a coach. That’s why we’re here.