Ms doing weight watchers. Yeah, old school, right?
Basically every food is given a points value, and you put in your height/weight/age etc and get given an allotment of points per day/week.
90% of the changes are portion control and using less fat/oil when cooking.
Do you even catalyst??
Not **** stirring here, but I honestly believe the hype around lowering carb intake and increasing natural fat consumption as an energy source (not protein as much). Not necessarily as a path to weight loss, because if that is the goal, most people will yoyo, but for the aim of lowering inflammatory diseases, diabetes, heart disease etc. I know that people who are entrenched in the old heart tick way of doing things are going to launch at me for this, and I may be proven wrong, but for me it feels right, and I think it will become mainstream thinking in the next ten years as more science comes out.
Did anyone watch the catalyst episode? If not, you should, even if you disagree with it, its an interesting view on how sports people eat and the concept of carbohydrate intolerance. I am keen to see what people think.
Can you give me a brief run down on the principles of this, Im interested but don't want to watch a whole episode.
Also what are natural fats, and where can I find them, how are they to be prepared etc. Roasted chicken skin? Sardines? Nuts?
I will find some of the more relevant sites and post them when I get home from work. The problem is like all issues like this, that people are trying to make money off the growing popularity, so it kind of takes away from the potential findings and warps truths. My general positive thoughts towards it are through mostly gut feel (pun intended) and not based on a literature review or anything, so definitely interested in discussion.
Oh and for the catalyst thing, it was only based around a few people, but what they showed from the few studies they mentioned is that the concept of carb loading for sport is not necessarily the right way to do it, and that a high fat diet (once an athlete had adapted over weeks to months), provided a more consistent energy platform.
I could track down the studies and large evidence base (science, as opposed to "I feel") but I promised myself not to get too deeply involved in this thread or it will do my head in.
Carbs are not evil, neither is fat. It's about balance. The healthy eating guidelines are based on over 10,000 pieces of scientific literature. And before you argue that we've had them for years and are fatter than ever consider these facts:
- 7% of the population meet the recommended servings of veg a day
- On average people take in 30-40% of their energy intake from "discretionary foods" (this is NOT including fats like olive oil, avocado etc etc) rather than the "not needed for health" category they fall in the dietary guidelines.
Plus. Diabetes is NOT carbohydrate intolerance, particularly in type 1. That's a basic misunderstanding the the condition.
And both catalyst episodes (heart disease and carb one) were totally biased and one sided.
The diet with actual SCIENCE behind it in regards to heart disease is the Mediterranean diet (hight fruit and veg, legumes, wholegrains, fish, olive oil. Less meat and discretionary foods)
If you want to know about carbs and fats etc in sports performance I suggest you look up @LouiseMBurke on twitter. She is the AIS dietitian and written so many studies on diet and sports performance. THE guru in Australia on this.
This is why bugman won't let me watch diet shows. He's afraid I'll break something.