Says the man of a million exclamation points plus bold and red in nearly every post.
How many of these sensational, emotion-driven and completely ridiculous statements and thread titles do we see here on MDA on a daily basis?
I just came back from a backpack trip with four other people. The other four are hiking from Mexico to Canada and have been on trail since April. No lack of exercise there.
Two of them are eating pop-tarts and peanut butter most of the time. Two of them are eating no flour or sugar, lots of grains and potatoes and olive oil. All of them are highly performant out there, hiking up to 30 miles a day along the Continental Divide.
The younger guy on his pop-tart and peanut butter diet shows no signs of emaciation. He has hiked 10,000 miles in the past two years. His body weight is totally normal.
The one young lady on the pop-tart and peanut butter plan has more body fat than she ought to for such exertion. She has visible fat pads on her upper arms and belly.
The two older hikers on the no grains and sugar diets both show signs of weight loss. They are thinner than when they began although they are not to the point of sunken cheeks or out-right emaciation yet, although they are close.
A few years ago I was a pop-tart and peanut butter long distance hiker and I gained weight after a couple thousand miles of it. This time I was a no grains hiker and I lost weight on only 5 days of hiking.
No amount of Chaco's bold text and exclamation points can wipe out the pure observation and personal experience of myself and my friends. There is something to the quality of your calories, especially for those of us with metabolic syndrome or similar issues.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 162.5 x 2