I read the advertisement on the site and there are some things that are true and some that are not. Lets take a look at the “myths and facts” as they apply to biochemistry since that is my area of expertise.
myth 1: A good weight loss programs needs to be complicated, with calorie cycling and special charts and graphs telling what to eat and when to eat based on your specific metabolic type / blood type / birth stone / horoscope sign.
I completely agree with this. It has been shown in many studies that for weight lifters/athletes 1-1.5 grams of protein ber pound of bodyweight is ideal to provide the amino acids and whole proteins needed to preserve and/or build muscle mass. Carbs and fats should be divided up equally and adjusted to meet individual needs based on personal experience.
myth 2: Intermittent Fasting is only for young people and itâ??s just another type of diet fad
‘Fasting’ of any type or even any drastic change in daily caloric intake (over 300-400) can and probably will have drastic effects on your metabolism and gastrointestinal system (have you ever felt nausious and/or had diarrhea after starting the latest “get shredded” or “lose fat fast” diet?) it is best to start small and work your way up. If you want to gain muscle, increase daily caloric intake by 200-300 kcal/day every 2 weeks. If you want to lose weight, lower daily caloric intake by 200-300 kcal/day every 2 weeks. keep adjusting every 2 weeks until you reach your goals.
myth 3: Some macronutrients are better than others for weight loss, because of the effect they have on rare or recently discovered â??fat burning hormonesâ??.
This advertisement goes on to say that only a caloric deficit is needed to lose fat. It implies that lipolysis
is only dependent on calorik intake vs. caloric expenditure. This is not true and is especially wrong in the case of processed foods. Processing converts some (not all) Cis isomers to trans isomers. Modern ressearch shows that trans isomers cause an increase in lipolysis somewhat (possibly mostly) independent of total caloric intake. Protein and fat need to be consumed in order to survive (carbohydrates are not, but are needed to operate at maximum efficiency). If you don’t belive me, eat 2000 kcal per day on little debbie snack cakes and pop and see how much weight you lose. Then go on a structured diet consisting of 40-30-30 P-F-C from lean meat and healthy fats and carbs and let me know which works better.
myth 4: You will not lose muscle if you miss a meal. In fact, you wonâ??t even lose muscle if you miss an entire day of meals. The biggest things that determines how much muscle you have is your genetics and your workouts. As long as you are following a well designed workout plan you will not lose any muscle while dieting.
I don’t like to swear but BULLSHIT! Your body continuously breaks down tissue and rebuilds them. In order to keep up with demand, your body needs a constant supply of macronutrients to keep this process at least neutral and missing a meal will cause the body to use it’s own stores of energy. After 6-8 hours of fasting, the body will start to use up the most metabolically expensive tissue to keep itself alive, which means muscle tissue. However, a good point is raised, you do not need to eat as much on non-exercise days since your body is not using as much energy but a caloric surpluss is needed to put muscle on.