How's that for a click-bait title to a thread.
And away we go.........
And claim calories don't matter.
And claim carbs make you fat.
And claim processed foods make you unhealthy.
And claim only low/no carb will work....
> Good Calories, Bad Calories
> Wheat Belly
> Why We Get Fat
> The Obesity Code
> Deep Nutrition
Etc, etc, etc.
That really fucking obese person was me.
I was fat. Really fucking fat.
I couldn't even walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded.
You name the "obesity" symptom, and I had it.
I ponied up the $10 and had it delivered.
This was before streaming movies were really a thing.
> Insulin causes obesity
> Carbs make you fat
> Going low-carb is the only thing that works
> Eat like a caveman
> Fasting is the magic ticket to health
Etc, etc, etc.
That fat, desperate, middle school teacher ATE THAT SHIT UP hook, line, and sinker.
And off I went, firmly believing everything I question currently.
I shunned carbs, started eating nothing but protein + fat, and started fasting.
It worked like this:
> Don't eat carbs
> Fast in the morning
> Only eat when you're hungry
That was it.
My entire plan.
The simplest diet known to man.
And guess what?
Like a freaking Superhero.
Gym performance went up, asthma/acid reflux/sleep apnea went away.
Energy shot through the roof
THIS IS IT! (I thought to myself)
I have found the KEY to healthy living
I will never go back
I turned up my noses at carbs - ALL carbs.
No sugar, no fruit, no bread, no pasta, no rice.
And if you ate carbs, I made sure to tell you how wrong you were.
(this is douchey - don't do this)
And since I was ALREADY BIASED (key point), this only confirmed my suspicions.
I was actively seeking out confirmation (confirmation bias).
And deeper into the rabbit hole I went.
The energy I had around month 3 started dwindling.
The pep started to leave my step.
I was always cranky and lethargic.
My libido absolutely tanked and I never desired sex.
It was a bit scary.
That cold lasted over 6 weeks.
I remember feeling like absolute death..... over a simple winter cold.
I remember thinking, "If this is what it takes to be lean, I don't think I can hack it."
I was truly upset and dejected.
The thing that VERY few people do...
I began to question my own biases.
This is a CRUCIAL step towards actually figuring out what works for you.
"Wait, did the fasting cause my fat loss?
Or did the no-carb approach cause my fat loss?
Or did the insulin improvement cause my fat loss?
Or did the calories cause my fat loss?"
I had no clue - you CANNOT separate these items.
Each has merit.
I started to look closely at my nutrition + calorie intake.
I played around with various protocols.
I started eating more carbs, keeping calories constant.....
All this time - for TWO YEARS - I had FIRMLY believed that low/no carb was the only way this would work.
And that fasting was the ticket.
And that carbs caused insulin to spike, which made fat loss impossible.
Libido came back.
Performance in the gym shot up.
Sickness/cold went away.
And I STILL lost JUST AS MUCH FAT as before.
I started asking other questions - and questioning the very logic I had believed as gospel.....
Why do undeveloped countries where people eat nothing but rice...... still have starving people?
Why do the Japanese stay lean, when the majority of what they eat is rice?
How did @Haub_KSU lose so much weight eating processed bullshit?
Especially when my own biases stated something contradictory.
I felt lost.
Like I didn't actually know the "truth".
And helping/coaching others.
Many of my first protocols were very low in carb.
As in "zero carbs on rest days" low.
That's rather extreme for sure....
So I understand how biases can cloud your mind.
Some clients did very poorly on low carb diets.
And when we switched to higher carb/lower fat diets, they did very well.
And others found it fucking impossible to stick to.
While others did better with lower calories and more rest.
It simply depended on the person.
It works like this:
"DO THIS ONE THING OR ELSE YOU'RE FUCKED"
That one thing could be:
> low/no carb
> eliminating any macro
> crazy elimination diets
There is not ONE TICKET to health, fam.
Might their methods be beneficial to you?
Yes, of course they might.
But then again, maybe not.
"Use fasting, eat no processed food, and eat no carbs or else you will stay fat."
That's morally fucked - totally unethical.
"Calories don't matter if you fast/go Keto/go carnivore, etc"
Because that's completely an unequivocally untrue as well.
If you fast AND eliminate an entire food group...
You're creating a calorie deficit, whether you think so or not.
Use the proper tool.
But if you use the improper tool, you won't get the job done with as much efficiency or with as much accuracy.
Just because it worked for YOU doesn't mean it should be the go-to diet for EVERYONE.
Humans are different.
I didn't understand this until I had worked with dozens of actual, real life humans.
And to date, I've worked with 2,500+.
And sell a FUCKTON of books.....
And you stop with your N = 1, anecdotal experience...
The truth may shock you.
Because it very well may change everything in your life.