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Health: Which type of diet is the best?

March 28, 2009

Twice we have put money into a trainer, large amounts of money. At least it’s large amounts of money for us. We never saw results we wanted. We were hoping for weight loss and neither of us saw more than a pound or two. It was frustrating, to say the least. One of the trainers did convince us that we had lost fat. He had the measurements to prove it. If we had lost the amount of fat that he said we did, you’d think that we’d have lost more weight than we did.

But this post isn’t about that. This post is about the way that we were encouraged to approach food. For these two guys, food was fuel. It was just the way that our bodies got the energy they needed to workout. Gina and I can’t look at food that way. For us food is something to enjoy. We love cooking it together and we especially love eating it together. It’s not just a way for us to get our daily allotment of vitamins and minerals. We may have been more successful in our weight loss efforts if we did look at it that way, but it’s just not us.

Looking around this Word Press world yesterday I found something that I thought was interesting. This post summarizes a study recently done about what kind of diet is the most effective. More than 800 people were put on four different types of diets. Some were high fat. Some were low fat. Some were high protein. Some were low. The study subjects were told to stay on this diet for two years, and, if they could, work in 90 minutes of exercise a week.

You know what scientists found at the end for those who stuck with the diet and exercised? They all lost the same amount of weight. What matters most is the energy you get from the food, not so much the other things about the food, like the amount of fat or protein in the food itself.

Our second trainer told us that it was OK to eat whatever we wanted as long as the number of calories consumed was under a certain number. He even told us that he had a client who ate nothing but Snickers bars and beer and still lost weight. I don’t believe eating like that is a way to lose weight long term, but the results of that study were very interesting.

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