Do Diets Work? No Traditional Diets Suck!
I started the week off by telling you my “secret” diet and how it is really a no brainer in terms of fat loss, well today I’m going to do a guest newsletter written by the author of Eat Stop Eat, Brad Pilon.
When I say that he’s a nutrition expert, that’s really putting it lightly. The guy pours over research studies like you and I may read the newspaper or a magazine. I really don’t understand how he does it because my eye lids start to get heavy a paragraph into a scientific study.
Anyway, here’s Brad…
Traditional diets and exercise plans are mediocre at best when it comes to helping us lose weight. But don’t blame the diets, and don’t blame the exercise either.
After all, it’s our extremely poor ability to estimate how many calories we burn and how many calories we eat that is their downfall.
Take this study as an example.
Women exercised on a treadmill until they burned a set number of calories (the researchers new what the number was, but the women did not). After they were done exercising the women were asked to guess how many calories they burned during the workout.
Shockingly, the researchers found that the women overestimated how many calories they burned by 300 to 400%!
If you find this surprising, it gets better.
After exercising the women were then instructed to go into another room where there was a buffet set up. The women were instructed to try to eat the same amount of calories that they had just burned during the workout.
The subjects ate double to triple the amount of calories that they had previously burned during exercise!
And this is just one study. Research consistently shows that we are very poor at estimating calories. We constantly overestimate how many we burn working out, and underestimate how many we eat.
When left to eat as we please, our mind and body will try and convince us to overcompensate and eat more than we need.
This is why diet and exercise often fail for so many people. If we overestimate how many calories we burn during exercise, and underestimate how many calories we eat AFTER exercise, we could very easily end up in a positive calorie balance after each and every workout if we are not careful.
This is why I like the Eat Stop Eat method of fasting for weight loss so much. Simply, you don’t need to count ANYTHING. This means you have absolutely no chance of messing up your diet with faulty calorie counting.
Awesome article Brad, thanks for sharing that with everybody.
I hope you have an awesome day!
P.S. – If you really want to step up your fast loss I suggest you give Brad’s no brainer, anti-diet, Eat Stop Eat, a try.