Friday is finally here, which means it’s time for another weekly dose of knowledge bombs. I’ve been slacking on this series as of late, but this was an excellent week of content, so I couldn’t allow myself to slack any further.
Before I get into the awesomeness from around the blog-o-sphere, I encourage you to read my previous two blog posts titled “Blatant Misunderstandings and Oversimplifications: Calorie Edition”, Part 1 and Part 2. If you are unaware, the posts are in response to the ridiculous claims against calories made by a popular dietitian. Check them out, and let me know what you think.
Alright, I’m done tooting my own horn; let’s move on to some of the great posts from this past week.
The Deficit – How We Lose Fat via Leigh Peele
Leigh Peele has been on fire lately, putting out valuable content left and right.
In this post, she touches on the most fundamental aspect of weight loss; the caloric deficit. No deficit, no weight loss. Leigh does an outstanding job making the deficit understandable while still relaying it’s absolutely essential role.
If you’re confused about why you must implement a caloric deficit in order to lose fat, definitely give this article to read.
Some days, I’m extremely fired up to lift some heavy ass weights, so I throw on my favorite music and go to town. However, there are days when I’m a bit more mellow, and I don’t feel like having music blasting through my headphones. On these days, I typically throw on an informative podcast or ebook, so I can get my learn on while exercising.
Jay Scott’s Full Disclosure Fitness Podcast comes up clutch in these situations. Jay is a very entertaining and engaging speaker, and his fitness/nutrition advice is always practical and easy to implement.
Sometimes it’s hard to absorb useful advice due to the rampant nonsense floating around left and right, but Jay does a very good job breaking down some very important fitness and nutrition tips that you can use to your advantage immediately. Give it a listen.
What Happens When the “Experts” Get Confused about Calories (and Why This is Bad News for You) via The Healthy Hausfrau
As I mentioned in the introduction, there is a ton of misinformation revolving around calories and their role with regards to fat loss.
A common argument goes something like this: “Fat loss is all about food quality and hormones, calories don’t count.” Yeah, what a bunch of crap. It’s funny how ‘experts’ like to yap on about hormones without even knowing what hormones they are referring to and what their actual function is in the human body.
Anyways, Lindsey does an excellent job exposing some of the shoddy arguments made by a particular diet ‘guru’. Do food quality and hormones play a role in fat loss? Of course. Does this mean calorie quantity doesn’t matter? Uh, no.
Low Carb and Paleo Dieting as Religious Zealotry via James Fell
I actually just read this article by James Fell a few hours ago, and it’s excellent.
James does a great job drawing some similarities between religious extremists and dietary extremist. The post is entertaining and thought-provoking, and it’s likely to offend the zealous low carb cultists. Bravo, sir.
Flexible dieting is a concept that needs much more attention in a world of crazy restriction and orthorexic eating behaviors. Armi lays out some of the more important factors you need to focus on when following flexible dieting, and how you can implement them into your lifestyle immediately.
I’ll continue to harp on this point: if you don’t enjoy your diet, you’re not going to stick to it over the long term. Simple as that. Adopt eating behaviors that permit flexibility and adhere to your personal preferences.