Good article: Thanks for posting.
1. Agree with the summation of the article:
Just relax! And while you’re relaxing, experiment and find the best approach for you. The best diet is the one that gets you into a caloric deficit and one you can sustain. For some, lower carb approaches do just that – for many others, more dietary variety and works best. Rest assured, however that you will need to be in a deficit to lose. So even if you don’t “count” calories per se, you need to be keenly aware of them. And even if you don’t use them as a front-line strategy, you should at the very least look at your total intake first should you stall in your fat loss efforts."
I have never had a weight problem, thus it's hard for me to identify with the majority of the contributors in this forum. However, having added 10 lbs during my MBA, and in the process of losing those 10 lbs, I have appreciated the postings from some of the forum participants.
It is my observation that the vast majority of people just do not have a basic, fundamental understanding of chemistry in the kitchen. I rarely use a recipe because I grew up with European parents who cooked wholesome food and I didn't know what store-bought cookies were until I grew up and moved out. I can open our refrigerator, at any time, on any day, grab a number of whole foods, and produce a very tasty, clean meal in 40 minutes -- and I can prepare this food for 1/2 the cost of 'fast food' or 'barcode food'.
Individuals come from all walks of backgrounds and experiences and, as I see it, one of the fundamental problems is that prepared food is easy, fast and cheap and a bail out for those who don't understand chemistry of the kitchen.
The next problem is emotional --- individuals are so unhappy with their lives, work, spouses, kids and it's easier to eat a cheap pizza than it is to take control of your life and be accountable for your choices. It's a self-perpetuating, self-defeating cycle of unhappiness, blame and short-term rewards (crap/fast food).... *repeat ad nauseum. It's easier to blame hormones, lot in life, misearable wife/husband, lost job, low income/no income versus looking yourself in the mirror, removing the filters and becoming accountable for the choices you make. It's a choice-cause effect.
I appreciate this forum for some of the positives that are offered here: The basic framework; getting specific questions answered; how a girl can lift technical weights and build muscle while losing fat; how to drop those last 5 lbs and sculpt the desired body.
The rest of the postings about 'cheating' --- feeling weak -- excuses -- I'll start next week --- I want my popcorn, is it primal? -- all these commentators have their place, and hopefully they feel supported --------- but that's not the crowd that I run with -- neither on this forum or off this forum.
Thanks for the posting the article --- good discussions are never a waste of time.
F, 48, 5'10"
Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)
Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.