Introduction and let's talk Body Weight and Fad Diets

Published: 09/01/2019

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My focus for today is Body Weight and "Fad" Diets

What is body weight?

Oxford Dictionaries: A body's relative mass or the quantity of matter contained by it, giving rise to a downward force; the heaviness of a person or thing. 

That is the weight of the WHOLE body mass - body fat, lean muscle mass, organs, tissue and skeleton. So when an individual says they wish to lose 2 stone, what do they mean? Because whilst to lose 2 stone of body fat may be healthy and give the desired body shape, to lose lean muscle mass may not. 

Calorie counting is all well and good to get the number on the scales down, but is it always healthy? In short, no it isn't. If your coach or trainer gives you a set amount of calories to intake per day and you stick to this, yes your body weight may decrease on the scales, but how are you feeling in yourself? 

For example, your coach has given you a 1600 calorie limit per day. A bacon sandwich can stand at 440 calories and a can of fizzy drink is around a 140/ 150 calories, giving you a whole 1020 calories left to play with but you've smashed your daily sugar and saturated fat intake out of the park in the first few hours and - let's face it - you're now bloated and sugar rushing until your inevitable crash in a few hours and storing fat in all the wrong parts of your body.

Whilst calorie counting is important, it is not THE most important factor in "weight loss" or starting your journey to a better you. And as for the other - body building or weight gain - calorie counting alone certainly will not be enough to get you to your goals if you're not tracking macro-nutrients. You will be gaining weight but your body may not be storing the extra weight as muscle mass but rather as body fat, and when you're losing weight you may be dropping muscle mass but storing extra body fat if you're not careful with your diet.

How to overcome it and how to know you're getting the best advice.

A nutritionist or a dietician is a degree qualified specialist in diet and nutrition. These are the people who we can thank for all the best diets and healthy living programmes available to us today. 

So why are so many fitness fanatics so heavily against healthy living plans, intermittent fasting etc? In my opinion, it's a defence mechanism that comes out to play when the human brain does not know enough about a subject to make an opinion. It is important to offer education without belittling the way that someone else goes about things, what might work for them might not for you and that's reality. 

Introduction and let's talk Body Weight and Fad Diets