I'm all on board with the high protein, fat, 'carbs are the devil' thought process, but i'm also on board with calories in vs calories out.
Working in the gym has made me realise that telling people that Low fat/low cal diets don't work is a completely ignorant thing to say....
I'm only really jumping back in because I was working at the weekend and had a good debate with my boss which brought me down a peg or 2. I started it because I was reading through some health packages in the gym and one line said, "it's true, fat makes you fat". As you can imagine, I was angry. So the debate began.
So there I was spouting the general points that most here believe about why lowfat/calorie diets suck. Then it kind of hit me like a tonne of bricks that i'm talking to my boss, who is a former fatty, having lost 60 lbs, using a low fat/low calorie diet combined with exercise. For the record, she looks amazing, a pleasure to work for infact (
) and you would never know she used to be fat.
Getting off track. Basically, i was telling a great looking female trainer how low fat/calorie diets suck and, just so happens that said trainer had got into the shape she's in via the very approach I was criticising. She also showed me 'before pictures'. She is a great advert for low fat diets. She lost the weight over 6 years ago so, I would imagine it couldn't be classed 'temporary'.
That got me thinking. I actually know plenty of people who have lost weight via low fat/calorie diets. I actually know very few people 'in the flesh' who have done it by cutting crappy carbs and eating lots of meat veg and fat.
Weight watchers/slimmers world/slimfast have countless example of people that it's 'worked for'. You can put it down to the support group if you like, but it's still a low fat /calorie diet and it works for some people.
That's why I believe it's just ignorance to say low fat/cal diets don't work. I think it's almost as ignorant as saying 'fat makes you fat'.
Do I think it's the BEST way to do it? Absolutely not. I also wouldn't recommend it. But you can't tell me it doesn't work when, clearly, it does. Not for eveyone, but for some. Common sense tells me that energy balance therefore does have some importance.