I’m going to talk about #2 in all of this. I don’t think Dr. Fung is interpreting the data correctly.
1. He uses Biggest Loser contestants as an example
I’ve watched a few episodes of the show, and it seems that they seek out people with deep psychological issues. Yes, they lose weight when they have a full time trainer, are on camera and part of a competition.
I don’t think anyone is surprised that these aren’t the life skills they need and when they go back home they fall into old patterns.
2. Acts like basal metabolic rate going down when you’re smaller is a bad thing
When you lose weight, your basal metabolic rate goes down. When you gain wait it goes up. That’s because there’s less of you to maintain, so it takes less calories. This is the goal, not an unwanted side effect.
He uses Biggest Loser people as an extreme example. Yes, if go from 700 lbs to 150 lbs your basal metabolic rate will drastically drop.
3. He doesn’t address the human psychology or cultural factors
He blames the CICO for why people tend to gain weight after a while. It’s not the diet, it’s the person.
The people on this forum are the .01% of humans go as far as motivation and self-control. Most people don’t want to be hungry.
Couple that with TONS of calorically dense food that is delicious and easily available and you get fat people. It’s so easy to have an extra 400 calories here or 600 there. Then not have to do the hard work of being hungry later to make up the difference.
So yes, most people can’t simple by told to eat less and move more. Most people (not us ya’ll ) don’t have a ton of self-control or motivation.
I don’t know what the best “diet” (we should talk about lifestyle, not diet) is for the average person to change their body composition to something healthy long term.
I do know what is generally agreed upon by the majority of scientists as what/how you should eat to lifelong and have a low disease rate.
- Eat lots of veggies
- Eat lots of fruit
- Eat whole grain over processed
- Eat beans and legumes
- Eat some fish
- Eat minimal meat
- Eat a lower fat diet
- Eat a variety of whole foods
- Don’t overeat
- Don’t eat fried foods
- Don’t eat processed foods
The above list is for people with mental willpower. You eat like that and you’ll most likely live a longer life if you were to eat mainly fried and processed foods.
/rantover I think this is a trigger for me
And in closing “Everyone wants to lose weight but no one wants to be hungry”
Adapted from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UlgXIL0-3g