mis-sing the point

It was interesting eating lunch today at Maisen, one of my favourite spots here in Tokyo. Their specialty is tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet) which most people would consider an inappropriate option when trying to lose weight.

Why? Well it’s deep-fried and it’s pork. So it’s full of fat.

And they serve it with a bowl of rice: those dreaded carbohydrates nobody likes anymore.

What’s more, there’s a lot of food served. I always leave feeling completely stuffed!

But what caught my attention was the conversation between two women sitting beside me at the counter.

[I wasn’t eavesdropping, promise. I just couldn’t help but overhear them.]

Essentially, one woman was discussing how she is competing with a small circle of friends to lose the most body-fat by October (3 months away).

An admirable endeavour and a wonderful challenge.

But her understanding of what is required to shed the lbs and trim the body-fat was sadly misguided. Yet like them, I thought the same a year or two ago.

Fortunately, I’m a lot better educated now, thanks to David Gillespie and his books. And I have the results to prove it!

So what were her misconceptions?

1. eat less carbohydrate
2. eat less fat
3. eat a lot less calories
4. do lots of strenuous exercise

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. And wrong.

Yet they are perhaps the four most common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight.

As I’ve explained in more detail before, the first and foremost requirement is to give up added sugar: specifically, fructose.

Carbohydrate is essential and should not be cut back drastically for too long. And the large initial weight-loss associated with its elimination is simply water.

Fat is essential to our diet and a drastic reduction may have the opposite effect. Your body will rebel and do everything it can to store rather than burn body-fat if you reduce it’s consumption too much.

Eating too few calories can also backfire. Lowering our metabolism and sapping our willpower.

And finally, exercise should be done for fitness and health reasons. Weight-loss may be a happy side effect.

But if you do want to do something to help lose weight faster, go for a long walk. I know it sounds simple. Yet that’s exactly because it is.

Your diet is more important than exercise. Far more important.

And the misunderstandings this woman had are exactly why she cannot lose weight for a sustained period of time.

I know this because once upon a time I was equally misinformed.

Kim | 72.4

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4 thoughts on “mis-sing the point

  1. I have to say i agree…i also think moderation is key to everything. If you give up carbs just to achieve a particular weight or size…once you get your goal and decide to go back to eating carbs, one might be asking for trouble. Great and informative post, thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks for sharing such an interesting topic. One thing I learned when studying at uni was the misconceptions of fats, carbs etc. We become so focused on cutting back on that nutrient that should taken in moderation. 🙂 it was very interesting to read :).

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