STRONG_SARAH - as you have been eating within range for a year but gained, not lost, you might benefit from an appointment with your Dr to see if there is something medical going on ... things like hypothyroidism. Also, you may benefit from an appointment with a Dietitian. Your Dr will be able to refer you to one. Take a few printouts from your Nutrition Tracker with you, and make sure that you include you exercise. I know that my Dietitian proved to be very instrumental in getting me onto the weight-loss road, after having been overweight, and steadily gaining, for about 30 years. I was eating in a very healthy range, too. In fact, she told me that it was often what they put someone my height/weight on to lose weight. It just wasn't for me :-(
interpretation is one thing but the other biggies are that most studies are really narrowly focused [only focusing on saturated fat for example] and for pretty short amounts of time. and when they're not for short amounts of time, the accuracy of the data is compromised because it's generally done by the test subjects and there have been plenty of studies done that most people aren't nearly up to independent researcher par.
"Sometimes I think that the only thing everyone agrees on is to eat more vegetables!"
You're exactly right. And nobody's going to buy a book that tells them that.
It's a matter of eating more of what you know for sure is healthy and less of what you know for sure isn't healthy, and moving your body a lot. You're not very overweight (in fact, depending on your height, it's entirely possible that you're not overweight at all), so there's a very narrow margin between the largest number of calories you can eat to allow weight loss and the smallest number of calories you can eat and still get sufficient nutrients. IF you always track everything and stay within your calorie guideline *every single day,* you will slowly lose weight. If you "keep an eye on" what you're eating but don't measure and track, or if you're "very good" most of the time but have a "cheat day" every week, or if you're careful most of the time but go off the rails at holidays, you're probably not going to make progress.
Humans aren't designed to lose weight. For the vast majority of human history, people who could lose weight easily ended up dying when there was a famine, and those who were good at storing up energy for a crisis are the ones who passed along their genes to us. That's a very good thing for a species, but a bummer for looking good in skinny jeans.
Sparkpeople published their weight loss book recently. It was released in May and still available. It is called THE SPARK SOLUTION. The book is based on the latest scientific research/evidence for weight loss and overall health. It addresses carbs, protein, fat, calories, plus a ton of other topics.
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Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian (and co-author)
10/16/13 8:30 A
The short answer is that there is not a scientific consensus on which diet is best. Part of that is that every person in unique and there has been adaptation over time for humans to thrive on the food that their environment provide them. We are very resourceful creatures. There are lots of observational books out there and even some double blind studies but you aren't going to find a book that has all TRUTH in it.
You see, even in the WW organization there is disagreement about that. Who's right? Who's wrong?
Not only with the Low GI discussion but with everything else it seems 'experts' can't agree.
Sometimes I think that the only thing everyone agrees on is to eat more vegetables!
BTW, the reason I'm asking is that I've been exercising regularly and eating healthy foods within my calorie range for a year without weight loss. I've actually gained 2 pounds. So, obviously something is missing and I'm trying to figure out what it is.
Edited by: STRONG_SARAH at: 10/16/2013 (08:03)
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10/16/13 7:57 A
Every "diet plan" and every "diet supplement" offers the same advice for long term success and that is the science I go with:
"Combine a healthy, well balanced eating plan with exercise for best results"
I personally feel that if a person balances their blood sugar they will lose weight...Avoiding high glycemic foods......soda, processed carbs, sugar, etc., seems to be the best idea as they just raise your insulin levels which makes your body want to hold onto fat....
Science...well maybe it's true that Science is trial and error.... and Science does not always provide answers...it is usually just a baseline result from a control group.
Carbs get digested quickly and are converted into blood glucose and when the glucose level in the blood falls below normal.... you feel hungry again.
When you are on a diet.... you increase your blood glucose, which in turn, stimulates the release of the hormone, insulin. By feeding on healthy fats, the body will not search for glucose and start to use its own stored fat.
The body will use this fat as energy only when you cut off the supply of fuel, which is the blood glucose.
Many diets like Nutri-system, Weight Watches are based on the glycemic index...
When I finally balanced my blood sugar I lost 98lbs and have kept the weight off for almost 3 years...., so I guess am 1 in a large control group who eats low carb, low glycemic, low sodium, low sugar.
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
10/16/13 6:41 A
I agree that I'd like to see Becky's answer to this question. Personally, from all the stuff I've read etc over my lifetime.... I find the articles and info that's Spark-generated (NOT necessarily the comments members make on the message boards) to be based on science.
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10/16/13 4:40 A
Even facts backed up by scientific studies will be contradictory. I don't believe truly unbiased science exist. (Spoken like a true post-structuralist..) That aside, I think the Spark program seems very sensible. Why not read "the spark solution" and see if it is for you?
Personally I believe in eating food to nourish my body combined with moving to tone and strengthen it :)
I can't answer the specific question - no doubt Dietitian Becky can based on her vast qualified experience - but I can say that practicing extremes doesn't generally pay off over all. The expression "All things in moderation" is a sound one, and one that has been proven to work for the long term. The "No this" and "No that" etc. sets a person up to fall off the wagon because of deprivation and it not being a sustainable way of life. It can also deprive a person of much needed nutrients.
Is there one? I'm tired of the carb/no carb, fast/don't fast, contradictory info flooding the internet and this site. I've read the wheat belly, rawsome, skinny bitch, book-of-the-week and now I'm looking for real, truthful, FACTS backed by unbiased scientific studies.
Does such a book exist or is it just wishful thinking?
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